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Evolver (2008)

Artist: John Legend
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Format: CD
Sku: 209612136
UPC: 886973684825
UPC 14: 00886973684825
Release Date: 10/28/2008
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Song Listing

Disc 1
Song Title
1. Good Morning Intro ~ John Legend
2. Green Light - (featuring Andr? 3000) ~ John Legend
3. It's Over - (featuring Kanye West) ~ John Legend
4. Everybody Knows ~ John Legend
5. Quickly - (featuring Brandy) ~ John Legend
6. Cross The Line ~ John Legend
7. No Other Love - (featuring Estelle) ~ John Legend
8. This Time ~ John Legend
9. Satisfaction ~ John Legend
10. Take Me Away ~ John Legend
11. Good Morning ~ John Legend
12. I Love, You Love ~ John Legend
13. If You're Out There ~ John Legend
 

Album Notes and Credits


Notes & Personnel Info
Muze PNote Personnel: John Legend (vocals, piano, organ, keyboards, background vocals); Estelle, Brandy (vocals, background vocals); Agape International Choir, Kanye West, Andr? 3000 (vocals); Lisa Michelle Tallamentes, Windy Biealich, Angel Travis, Pam Dearing, Elle Perrault, Marianne Lewis, Sayida Peprah, Rev. Diana Presley, La Donna Bennett, Joy Bella Heilig (soprano); Teddy Bass, Toyian Forte, Skip Jennings, Jason Powell, Jonnie Acuna, Raymond Davis (tenor); Ron Blair, Paul Harburger, Rikk Galvin, Ramon Pratt, John Meeks, Ian Cousineau, Charles "Spud" Murphy (bass voice); Malay (various instruments, keyboards, programming); Dave Tozer (guitar, guitars, keyboards); Tim Pierce, Trevor Horn (guitar, guitars); Mitchum Chin (guitar, keyboards); Joshua "Trumpet Solo" Lopez, Tomi Martin, Sharief Hobley (guitar); 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); Kebbi Williams (tenor saxophone); Jason Freeman , Jerry Freeman (trumpet); Paul Klintworth, Dana Kelley, James Thatcher, Jenny Kim (French horn); Richard L. Owens (trombone); 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).
Muze PNote Audio Mixers: Alex Venguer; Kevin "KD" Davis; Manny Marroquin; Alex Yenguen; Jean-Marie Horvat; Mike "Hitman" Wilson.
Muze PNote Recording information: Capitol studios, Los Angeles, CA; Chalice Recording Studios, Los Angeles, CA; Criteria Hit Factory, Miami, FL; Ethernet Studios, Los Angeles, CA; Grafton Studios, Kingston, Jamaica; Ground Breaking Studios, Atlanta, GA; Legacy Recording Studios, New York, NY; Patchwerk Studios, Atlanta, GA; Ravenite Studios, Los Angeles, CA; Sarm London, England; The Carrington House, Atlanta, GA; The Record Plant, Los Angeles, CA; The Studio, Philadelphia, PA; Wine-O-Cellar, College Park, GA.
Muze PNote Author: John Legend.
Muze PNote Photographers: Nabil Elderkin; Vincent Peters.
Muze PNote Arrangers: Stephen Tirpak; Dave Tozer; Dwayne "Supa Dups" Chin Quee; Larry Gold; Nick Ingman; Pete Murray .
Muze PNote 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; Dapo Torimiro; Devon Harris; Dave Tozer; Dwayne "Supa Dups" Chin Quee; John Legend; Kanye West; Malay; Trevor Horn; Will.I.Am; Bruce Waynne; Mitchum "Khan" Chin; Ne-Yo; Kawan Prather; Marcus Bryant; Devon Harris; Dave Tozer;

Engineer: Alex Venguer; Anthony Kilhoffer; Conrad Golding; Dave Tozer; Geno Regist; Padraic Kerin; Joe Bisirri; Jeff Chestek; Malay; Mike Wilson; Steve MacMillan; Tim Weidner

Musical Guests
Muze Guest Artist Andre 3000
Muze Guest Artist Kanye West
Muze Guest Artist Brandy
Muze Guest Artist Estelle

Compilation Appearances

Muze Music Compilations Beautiful Struggle (Explicit Version)
Muze Music Compilations Beautiful Struggle
Muze Music Compilations Brother From Another
Muze Music Compilations Monkey Business
Muze Music Compilations Rising Tied (Explicit Version)
Muze Music Compilations Reflections: The Journey
Muze Music Compilations Rich Boy(Explicit Version)
Muze Music Compilations August Rush
Muze Music Compilations B.a.r.s. The Barry Adrian Reese Story(Explicit Version)
Muze Music Compilations Rising Tied (Explicit Version)
Muze Music Compilations Shine
Muze Music Compilations Paper Trail (Explicit Version)
Muze Music Compilations Evolver
Muze Music Compilations Soul Men
Muze Music Compilations Yes We Can: Voices Of A Grassroots Movement
Muze Music Compilations Fist Of God
Muze Music Compilations Deeper Than Rap(Explicit Version)
Muze Music Compilations Deeper Than Rap(Limited Edition)(Explicit Version)
Muze Music Compilations How I Got Over (Explicit Version)
Muze Music Compilations How I Got Over (Explicit Version)
Muze Music Compilations How I Got Over
Muze Music Compilations Wizard Of Poetry(Explicit Version)
Muze Music Compilations Wizard Of Poetry
Muze Music Compilations Kingdom Come(Explicit Version)(Bonus Tracks)
Muze Music Compilations Victory(Explicit Version)
Muze Music Compilations Hits
Muze Music Compilations Paper Trail [PA]
Muze Music Compilations 25Th Anniv Rock Roll Hall Of Fame C
Muze Music Compilations 25Th Anniv Rock Roll Hall Of Fame C
Muze Music Compilations God Forgives I Don't
Muze Music Compilations Think Like A Man:music/film (Ost)
Muze Music Compilations Good Music Cruel Summer(Explicit Version)
Muze Music Compilations Dreams And Nightmares(Explicit Version)
Muze Music Compilations Dreams And Nightmares
Muze Music Compilations SUFFERING FROM SUCCESS(Explicit Version)
Muze Music Compilations SUFFERING FROM SUCCESS(Explicit Version)
Muze Music Compilations Suffering From Success
Muze Music Compilations 5 CLASSIC ALBUMS:SNOOP DOGG(Explicit Version)
Muze Music Compilations Now That's What I Call Music 50
Muze Music Compilations Timeless
Muze Music Compilations Ultra 2015
Muze Music Compilations 2015 Grammy Nominees
Muze Music Compilations Title
Muze Music Compilations Title (Deluxe)
Muze Music Compilations Be (Explicit Version)
Muze Music Compilations DARK SKY PARADISE(Explicit Version)
Muze Music Compilations DARK SKY PARADISE(Explicit Version)
Muze Music Compilations Piece By Piece
Muze Music Compilations LUDAVERSAL(Explicit Version)
Muze Music Compilations Soft Control
Muze Music Compilations Now 1s
Muze Music Compilations Red Hot Plus Rio 2
Muze Music Compilations Django Unchained (Ost)(Explicit Version)
Muze Music Compilations Django Unchained (Ost)
Muze Music Compilations Now Party Anthems Vol 2
Muze Music Compilations Now Party Anthems Vol 2
Muze Music Compilations Verte Nacer
Muze Music Compilations Magic
Muze Music Compilations The Dreamer, The Believer(Explicit Version)
Muze Music Compilations God Forgives, I Don't [Deluxe] [Explicit]
Muze Music Compilations Oyo
Muze Music Compilations Lay It Down
Muze Music Compilations Lay It Down
Muze Music Compilations Dark Sky Paradise
Muze Music Compilations Uno No Es Uno
Muze Music Compilations Rich Boy(Cln)(Explicit Version)
Muze Music Compilations Dark Sky Paradise
Muze Music Compilations Listen

Associated Artists and Works

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Magnetic Man
MSTRKRFT

Technical Info

Music Release Date Release Date : 2008
Music Original Release Date Original Release Date : 2008
Music CatalogId Catalog ID : 88697368482
Music Label Name Label : Columbia (USA)
Music Number of Discs Number of Discs : 2
Music Studio or Live Studio/Live : Studio
Music Mono or Stereo Mono/Stereo : Stereo
Music SPAR code SPAR Code : n/a
Music UPC UPC : 00886973684825

Professional Reviews

Rolling Stone (p.125)
- 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."

Spin (p.106)
- 3 stars out of 5 -- "EVOLVER proves that Legend remains one of R&B's most forward-looking craftsmen."

Entertainment Weekly (p.62)
- "Legend is still at his best when he plays to his voice's strengths with clean-cut ballads like 'Everybody Knows.'" -- Grade: B

Mojo (Publisher)
(p.104)
- 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."

Product Attributes

Product attributeArtist:   Legend,John
Product attributeLabel:   Cbs/epic/wtg Records
Product attributeMusic Format:   Compact Disc
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