Once Again (John Legend album)

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Once Again
Once Again (John Legend album - cover art).jpg
Studio album by
ReleasedOctober 24, 2006
Recorded2005–2006
Genre
Length59:13
Label
Producer
John Legend chronology
Get Lifted
(2004)
Once Again
(2006)
Evolver
(2008)
Singles from Once Again
  1. "Save Room"
    Released: August 8, 2006
  2. "Heaven"
    Released: December 2006
  3. "Another Again"
    Released: January 9, 2007
  4. "Slow Dance"
    Released: 2007
  5. "P.D.A. (We Just Don't Care)"
    Released: February 27, 2007
  6. "Stereo"
    Released: April 27, 2007
  7. "Show Me"
    Released: December 2007

Once Again is the second studio album by American singer John Legend, released by GOOD Music and Sony Music Entertainment on October 24, 2006. Legend co-wrote and co-produced the bulk of the album, working with collaborators such as Kanye West, will.i.am, Raphael Saadiq, Craig Street, Sa-Ra, Eric Hudson, Devo Springsteen, Dave Tozer and Avenue.

Singles from the album include "Save Room", "Heaven", "P.D.A. (We Just Don't Care)", "Stereo", "Another Again", "Slow Dance", "Show Me" and "Each Day Gets Better". Once Again has been certified platinum by the RIAA, after shipping over one million copies. The song "Heaven" won the Grammy Award for Best Male R&B Vocal Performance. Also, "Save Room" was nominated for Best Male Pop Vocal Performance.

Reception[edit]

Professional ratings
Aggregate scores
SourceRating
Metacritic77/100[1]
Review scores
SourceRating
About.com4.5/5 stars[2]
AllMusic4/5 stars[3]
Entertainment WeeklyB[4]
The Guardian4/5 stars[5]
Los Angeles Times3.5/4 stars[6]
Robert Christgau(1-star Honorable Mention)[7]
Rolling Stone3.5/5 stars[8]
Spin8/10[9]
The Times3/5 stars[10]
USA Today4/4 stars[11]

The album so far has a score of 77 out of 100 from Metacritic based on "generally favorable reviews".[1] Yahoo! Music UK gave it a score of nine stars out of ten and called it "frequently staggering".[12] Paste gave it four-and-a-half stars out of five and said, "Legend has grown by leaps on this disc, delivering a richer sound and more adventurous experimentation."[13] The A.V. Club gave it a B+ and said that "While [the album] occasionally slips from understated to sleepy, there isn't a bum track on the album."[14] Mojo also gave the album four stars out of five and said of Legend, "His most impressive skill is echoing the laid-back charm of Bill Withers and the melodic instincts of Stevie Wonder."[1] Blender likewise gave it four stars out of five and said it "sets out to rebuild the dramatic storytelling and redemptive power of soul music on a hip-hop foundation."[1] Q likewise gave it four stars, calling it "soulful" and "not funky".[1] Billboard gave it a positive review and called it "A timeless, feel-good album that could easily slide into your papa's Sam Cooke and Percy Sledge collections, yet still sounds contemporary."[1] The Village Voice also gave it a positive review and stated, "There are a number of words to describe contemporary mainstream r&b, but "elegant," "mature," "breezy," and "sophisticated" aren't usually among them. Luckily, they apply to John Legend's subtle follow-up to 2005's Grammy-winning, multiplatinum Get Lifted."[15] Hartford Courant likewise gave it a positive review and called its songs "Soul music impeccably poised between past and future, anchored by a warm voice comfortingly similar to Bill Withers'."[16]

Other reviews are average or mixed: The Observer gave it three stars out of five and said that Legend "has stepped up into territory that references his background in gospel and soul but avoids the more obvious nods to the past."[17] Slant Magazine also gave it three stars and said that the album's midsection "bulges with excess MOR fat, but unlike Legend's debut, the album doesn't resurrect itself by the end."[18] Now likewise gave it three stars and said, "Legend's lounge-track sentimentality often spills into schmaltzed-out Streisand-on-Broadway territory."[1] Prefix Magazine gave it a score of five out of ten and stated that "The album's second half is still woefully lacking, one big mess of boredom and monotony."[19] Vibe gave it two-and-a-half stars out of five and called it "frustratingly uneven".[1] The Independent gave it two stars out of five and stated, "It's hard not to feel underwhelmed by this follow-up to Legend's major-label debut Get Lifted, which secured three million sales through a judicious blend of his gospel roots and hip-hop ties. The lunge for the mainstream is too pronounced, and probably ill-advised, inasmuch as it places him in direct comparison with more expressive, adept singers."[20]

Commercial performance[edit]

Once Again debuted at number three on the US Billboard 200 behind the soundtrack to Disney's Hannah Montana and My Chemical Romance's The Black Parade, selling 231,000 copies in its first week.[21] It serves as John Legend's second top-ten album in the United States. The album dropped to the number four in its second week, selling an additional 115,000 units.[22] On December 5, 2006, the album was certified Platinum by the Recording Industry Association of America (RIAA) for selling of over 1 million copies in the United States.[23] As of September 2007, Once Again has sold 2.5 million copies worldwide.[24]

Track listing[edit]

Once AgainStandard edition
No.TitleWriter(s)Producer(s)Length
1."Save Room"
3:55
2."Heaven"
  • John Stephens
  • Kanye West
  • Vaughn Stevens
  • Alexandra Brown
  • Jessyca Wilson
  • Milton Bland
3:34
3."Stereo"
  • John Stephens
  • Tom Craskey
  • Devo Harris
4:09
4."Show Me"
4:58
5."Each Day Gets Better"
  • will.i.am
  • Legend
3:47
6."P.D.A. (We Just Don't Care)"
4:38
7."Slow Dance"
  • will.i.am
  • Legend
4:43
8."Again"John Stephens
  • Street
  • Legend
5:01
9."Maxine"
  • Keith
  • Husayn
  • Arnold
  • Legend[a]
4:27
10."Where Did My Baby Go"John Stephens
  • Street
  • Legend
5:03
11."Maxine's Interlude"
Tozer1:50
12."Another Again"
  • John Stephens
  • Kanye West
  • Jessyca Wilson
  • George Patterson
  • Ken Lewis
  • Legend
  • Street[b]
4:01
13."Coming Home"
  • will.i.am
  • Legend
  • Street[b]
5:05
Notes
Samples
  • "Save Room" contains samples from "Stormy", performed by Gábor Szabó.
  • "Heaven" contains excerpts from "Heaven Only Knows", performed by Monk Higgins
  • "Each Day Gets Better" contains a sample of "In These Changing Times", performed by The Four Tops
  • "Slow Dance" contains samples from the composition "She's a Fox", performed by the Icemen featuring Jimi Hendrix
  • "Another Again" contains samples from the composition "Lost for Words", performed by Midnight Movers Unlimited

Charts[edit]

Certifications[edit]

Region Certification Certified units/Sales
Netherlands (NVPI)[44] Platinum 70,000^
United Kingdom (BPI)[45] Gold 100,000^
United States (RIAA)[46] Platinum 1,000,000^

*sales figures based on certification alone
^shipments figures based on certification alone
double-daggersales+streaming figures based on certification alone

References[edit]

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  3. ^ AllMusic review
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  17. ^ Emma Warren. "CD: John Legend, Once Again". the Guardian.
  18. ^ Sal Cinquemani (22 October 2006). "John Legend Once Again - Album Review - Slant Magazine". Slant Magazine.
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