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New John Legend Album

AKIE BERMISS: Where do we begin? The new John Legend record is called “Wake Up.” The album is basically a collection of covers, all of them (save one original) from the 60s and 70s. There are a lot of good things about this record. The song selection, for starters, is positively excellent. Each song is a classic tune — though many are songs today’s generation have probably never heard before. The combination of the Roots and John Legend is a match I’ve long thought would be a good one. Trouble is: the album just isn’t that good.

DAVE TOMAR: The best thing that I can say about the record is that it aspires to bring these songs to the attention of a new generation of listeners. And should the record be successful, I think this will be a great accomplishment. But I can’t see any reason why I’d want to hear John Legend sing something that I could hear Marvin Gaye or Bill Withers sing. Continue reading

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Ben Harper

AKIE BERMISS: I think that in all honesty, the music speaks for itself. And the music is pretty horrible. Its not out-and-out bad, its not unprofessionally recorded or performed — its just mediocre. And I have a real serious personal problem with celebrating mediocrity.

STEPHON JOHNSON: Yes, it’s immature and we’ve all fallen victim to it, but seeing this kid wearing the band’s t-shirt immediately trained me to dislike Ben Harper based strictly on the type of people his music attracts.

DAVE TOMAR: Superficial, sensitive and stupid, Ben Harper is the musical equivalent of Ben Affleck. Continue reading

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