John Legend and the Roots - Wake Up
John Legend has teamed up with The Roots to push out a covers album with a difference - its actually quite interesting and enjoyable.
The album is made up of their takes on "socially/politically conscious Soul classics from the sixties and seventies".
As can see by the track listing below its quite a varied selection and is billed as being inspired by the recent US presidential elections.
Highlights from here being the versions of Baby Hueys "Hard Times", the take of "Compared To What " and the title track
Also includes one original track - Shine
Can preview all tracks via a page on John Legends site (link below)
1. Hard Times John Legend & The Roots feat. Black Thought 5:16
2. Compared To What John Legend & The Roots 6:26
3. Wake Up Everybody John Legend & The Roots feat. Common & Melanie Fiona 4:24
4. Our Generation (The Hope Of The World) John Legend & The Roots feat. CL Smooth 3:15
5. Little Ghetto Boy (Prelude) John Legend & The Roots feat. Malik Yusef 1:58
6. Little Ghetto Boy John Legend & The Roots feat. Black Thought 5:26
7. Hang On In There John Legend & The Roots 7:15 $1.29
8. Humanity (Love The Way It Should Be) John Legend & The Roots 3:49 $1.29
9. Wholy Holy John Legend & The Roots 5:50 $1.29
10. I Can't Write Left Handed John Legend & The Roots 11:43 $1.29
11. I Wish I Knew How It Would Feel To Be Free John Legend & The Roots 2:42 $1.29
12. Shine John Legend & The Roots
Out now via all usual mainstream places