First Impressions: Chasing John Legend

Friday, December 16, 2011


Sharing the same smile that John Legend is sporting in the pic above all due to a crispy fresh track from him. Legend has been mostly riding shotgun this year as he popped up on Common's excellent single, "The Believer" (from Common's pending The Dreamer/The Believer---an album that I have not forgotten about) and was "sorta there in spirit" on a re-working on Mariah Carey's "When Christmas Comes" (more about that later). Now Legend is back in the driver's seat and we're just supposed to fasten our seat belts and cruise into "Chasing Your Love"---which is quite the sparkler.

Legend wraps his sugar-in-the-raw vocals around the backdrop of Millie Jackson's "Summer (The First Time)" (aka one of my all-time fave Millie joints!) and it's a searing mid-tempo soulful climb. Hmm...sounds like Legend is dipping back into what made 2006's Once Again his most cohesive set (guess the electro-funk of '08's Evovler didn't latch on). "Chasing Your Love" has me seriously catching all kinds of elated feelings for Legend to return in 2012 with another long player. Rumors have been circulating that this cut might be the first inkling at what is to come, but there isn't an official word on if this is a solid contender or a one-shot deal in from a session. Whatever the case, John, don't keep us waiting!

John Legend - Chasing Your Love

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