In a not-so-subtle attempt to say the right things for some cross-over hipster cool, John Legend went on a blog-friendly name dropping spree in a conversation with Rolling Stone. Legend told ‘em that Illinoise ranked among his “Best New-School Albums” and identified Fiona Apple (“writing is incredible”) and Feist (“one of the dopest voices I’ve ever heard”) as his two “Leading Females.” We can’t argue.
He wasn’t done there, though. After a leading question, the neo-soul nice guy said that Once Again‘s “Show Me” was “an homage” to Jeff Buckley, stating that “I can sing with just about anybody, but he’s one of the few singers who truly intimdates me. He’s one of the best voices I’ve ever heard.” After recording the “intimate and spiritual and ethereal” vocal to the track, he felt like he “was a fan, listening to somebody else.”
John Legend – “Show Me” (MP3)
On rocky terrain there, John; none of us take self-claims to sounding like Jeff lightly. Think he pulls off the vox? On structure and dynamics alone, we say he fails. Tune is pretty boring.