To quote music industry pioneer Quincy Jones, the nine-time Grammy winner is simply “a genius.” One of the industry’s most innovative artists, John returns after five years with his much-anticipated fourth solo album, Love in the Future. Taking R&B/soul to the next level, Legend creates an immersive experience about romance, love, hope, commitment and optimism.
Enhancing the experience: a rich, melodic soundscape–accented by compelling interludes–that fully integrates the musician’s gospel and pop influences, classical training and unerring hip-hop/soul sensibilities. “Love in the Future is a celebration and meditation on love,” says Legend.
Back as sounding boards and executive producers for this album are longtime Legend collaborators Kanye West and Dave Tozer.From start to finish, Love in the Future pulsates with a stripped-down urgency that perfectly showcases Legend’s skills as a musician, lyricist and vocalist. The supple tenor sets the mood with an engaging cover of Bobby Caldwell’s “Open Your Eyes,” then sings about seizing the moment on the Q-Tip collaboration “Tomorrow.” Legend conjures ’70s Stevie Wonder with the synth-infused “Hold on Longer.” Then the impending groom discourses on the subject of love with the penetrating “You and I” and “All of Me.” Worthy enough to stand on its own as a full track is Legend’s mesmerizing interstitial take on Anita Baker’s “Angel” with newcomer Stacy Barthe.
The Standard version of the album features 16 tracks and the Deluxe version of the album includes 4 BONUS tracks.