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11.01.06 06:51 PM

More on my John Legend Theory

The other day, I wrote a post linkening John Legend to Johnny Mathis. Well, in today's The Arts section of The New York Times, Sia Michel, former editor-in-chief of Spin, somewhat cosigns my theory. She wrote:

"If Mr. Legend wants to play a bad boy, infidelity is pretty much all he’s got. A dignified Ivy League-educated pianist and singer who specializes in romantic neo-soul songs, he is often photographed sitting at a baby grand in a V-neck sweater and tailored pants. It is hard to think of a more collegiate R & B man; unlike some soul stars, Mr. Legend kept his white T-shirt on throughout the show, despite a few pleas of “Take it off!”"


"Surprisingly, there are far fewer hip-hop influences on “Once Again,” which in contrast to its predecessor has more of a sprightly, classic ’60s soul feel and “sweet as honeydew” lyrics. If a curse were removed, “Slow Dance” could have been an AM radio hit during the Johnson administration, with its da-da-da-da backing vocals and genteel groove."

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