Bigger Love

John Legend - Bigger Love
Critic Score
Based on 7 reviews
2020 Ratings: #380 / 387
User Score
Based on 65 ratings
2020 Ratings: #683
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June 19, 2020 / Release Date
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CRITIC REVIEWS

80
The Independent
Legend has made a remarkable leap out of his comfort zone. He could easily have served up another full helping of R&B romance, but instead he’s tested himself – something you rarely see in artists of his stature. It’s impressive.
70
Rolling Stone

Bigger Love, his seventh album, shows off the emerging subtlety of his musical craft and social messaging.

64
Pitchfork
The R&B star’s latest ode to the power of love bursts with positive energy, but there’s an emptiness beneath.
60
Clash
John Legend is undoubtedly an artist to treasure, an overwhelmingly talented vocalist and songwriter, who – at times – seems like he can accomplish anything. Hell, he’s already won the fabled Emmy, Grammy, Oscar, and Tony trinity, the first Black artist to do so. Perhaps with nothing to prove, though, he’s losing a little piece of edge.
60
The Arts Desk
The former John Stephens was dubbed Legend for his prodigious gifts, and they are lightly deployed, stretching no envelopes. But inside his chosen ground, he moves smoothly.
40
The Guardian
The ironic thing is that he knows that a 16-track album of love songs for his wife is too much. As he puts it on Actions: “She don’t want it. She don’t need it.” Who, then, is it all for?
20
No Ripcord
A sixteen-song, hour-long run through everything a human could hate about a John Legend album.
jackkd8
63
Many times in this LP, it is clear that John is trying for a Malibu/Anderson .Paak sound, and it works decently well when he goes for it. Vocals sound polished as well, and instrumentation is more tasteful than I expected. My main issue is the album’s length — it drags on a little too long and I got pretty bored by the end of it. Starts dabbling in a lot of stuttery-beats and more shallow soundscape in the latter half and it sucks that most of it wasn’t cut (also becomes a ... read more
Dombot
48
Ooh I love my wife
basrdhim
70
People tend to think of John Legend as corny and bleak with his romanticism towards his wife but I’ve always had a soft spot towards overdramatic romantically-centered music. The style of music that John Legend makes is definitely distinct and he tends to stay at really safe grounds inside of that style but it still seems to work so well for his voice and he still has the ability to keep a listener interested throughout the entirety of a near hour-long project despite every song having a ... read more
kindasweetener
54
There’s no doubt that John Legend can sing. And in my opinion, his vocals are the highlight of this album. That man has a really great voice. However, the record is very mediocre in terms of production. Pretty much everything is average and quite repetitive. It sounds so generic and bland sometimes but it’s not terrible. The lyrics are cringey and corny in some of the tracks but overall they’re not a huge problem. The main issue here is that the songs are not dynamic enough ... read more
Maqtheus
45
Com vocal reconhecido, uma habilidade de musical notória e canções chatas, John Legend lança seu mais novo álbum, que sem surpreender ninguém, surge na mesma fórmula dos trabalhos anteriores, com a diferença mínima na boa escolha em relação as parcerias e nada mais além disso.
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Track List

  1. Ooh Laa
  2. Actions
  3. I Do
  4. One Life
  5. Wild
  6. Bigger Love
  7. U Move, I Move (feat. Jhené Aiko)
  8. Favorite Place
  9. Slow Cooker
  10. Focused
  11. Conversations in the Dark
  12. Don't Walk Away
  13. Remember Us
  14. I'm Ready (feat. Camper)
  15. Always
  16. Never Break
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Added on: June 14, 2020