Album Notes and Credits
Notes & Personnel Info
|Personnel: John Legend (vocals, piano, keyboards, background vocals); Estelle, Brandy (vocals, background vocals); Agape International Choir, Kanye West, Andr? 3000 (vocals); Malay (various instruments, keyboards, programming); Mitchum Chin (guitar, keyboards); Tomi Martin, Sharief Hobley (guitar); Dave Tozer (guitars, keyboards); Tim Pierce, Trevor Horn (guitars); Joel Pargman, Lorenz Gamma, Irina Voloshina, Nina Evtuhov, Katia Popov, Robin Olson, Jennie Levin, Alan Grunfeld, Neil Samples, Marc Sazer, Tamara Hatwan, Charles Parker , Julie Rogers, Robert Martin , Sid Page, Bruce Dukov, Igor Szwec, Lesa Terry, Shalini Vijayan, Neel Hammond, Emma Kummrow, Darius Campo, Olga Konopelsky, Gregory Teperman (violin); Alexandra Leem, Shawn Mann, Carole Castillo, Carolyn Riley, Kate Reddish, Piotr Jandula, Davis A. Barnett, Alma Fernandez (viola); Giovanna Clayton , Larry Corbett, Jennie Lorenzo, Cecilia Tsan, Victor Lawrence (cello); Paul Klintworth, Dana Kelley, James Thatcher, Jenny Kim (French horn); Dean Fraser, Hornz Unlimited (horns); Eugene "Man Man" Roberts (keyboards, vocoder, programming); Stephen Tirpak, Jamie Muhoberac, Shannon Sanders (keyboards); Drew Dembowski, Bruce Morgenthaler, Pete Donnelly, Sue Raney, Ann Atkinson (bass instrument); Pharrell Williams (percussion, background vocals); Luis Jardim (percussion); Dwayne "Supa Dups" Chin Quee (programming); Jessyca Wilson, Lenesha Randolph, Terrence "Scar" Smith, Christopher Breaux, Candice Anderson (background vocals).|
|Audio Mixers: Kevin "KD" Davis; Manny Marroquin; Alex Yenguen; Jean-Marie Horvat; Mike "Hitman" Wilson.|
|Arrangers: Stephen Tirpak; Dave Tozer; Dwayne "Supa Dups" Chin Quee; Larry Gold; Nick Ingman; Pete Murray .|
|The third full-length from John Legend finds the neo-soul singer-songwriter mixing it up a bit. Whereas its predecessor, the excellent ONCE AGAIN, stayed the course of smooth yet passionate retro-themed R&B, EVOLVER experiments with different sounds and styles. The lead single, "Green Light," with its amped-up programmed beat, synths, and cameo from Andre 3000, sounds more like a 21st-century club jam than an old-school throwback. Reggae, ballads, adult contemporary, and digitized contemporary R&B all make their way into the album's diverse musical stew. Whether it's the mellow, low-key funk of "It's Over," the synth-pop of "Satisfaction" (one can imagine the song being performed by Depeche Mode), or the guest spots from Brandy, Estelle, and Kanye West, EVOLVER keeps the listener guessing. It may not have the consistency of Legend's first two releases, but its cornucopia of interesting sounds and directions offer something for everyone.|
Producer: Kawan Prather; Marcus Bryant; Devon Harris; Dave Tozer; Dwayne "Supa Dups" Chin Quee; Syience; John Legend; Kanye West; Christopher Breaux; Malay; Shannon Sanders; Trevor Horn; Will.I.Am; Drew Ramsey; Dirty Swift; Bruce Waynne; Mitchum "Khan" Chin
Associated Artists and Works
|Release Date : 10/28/2008|
|Original Release Date : 2008|
|Catalog ID : 88697137402|
|Label : Columbia (USA)|
|Number of Discs : 1|
|Studio/Live : Studio|
|Mono/Stereo : Stereo|
|SPAR Code : n/a|
|UPC : 00886971374025|
- 3.5 stars out of 5 -- "With piano-flecked soul, lite funk and reggae, EVOLVER's tunes and arrangements are as impeccable as the cut of Legend's suits."
- 3 stars out of 5 -- "EVOLVER proves that Legend remains one of R&B's most forward-looking craftsmen."
- "Legend is still at his best when he plays to his voice's strengths with clean-cut ballads like 'Everybody Knows.'" -- Grade: B
- 3 stars out of 5 -- "When he moves away from the more straightforward ballads, it's obvious that Legend's maverick side is still intact....He's reaching out to address more universal themes, and finding the music to match."
Customer Reviews of Evolver
The CD is ok, but the CD case had a deep cut across the front. Its like someone cut it when they were opening the box with a box cutter. The cut breaks the case because it is so deep. It was suppose to be a gift for a secert santa at my work. Im not to pleased with that, being Christmas is two weeks away.
Fully met my expectations!11/23/2008
The packaging was new, it shipped very quickly, and was shipped in bubble lined envelopes. I ordered 3; I've played one without incident. Very happy!