I want to like this track. I really like the first two John Legend albums but this track is boring. It’s painfully simple. Music can be incredibly simple and still be inspiring, Maggot Brain is as about as simple as they come but it’s incredible. This really isn’t.
The vocal appears to be easy and complacent on the track while the piano melody lacks the intricacy of Ordinary People. It’s devoid of the emotional or groove that made his music interesting and great. All of this makes for a track that passes you by and leaves you bored.
When it comes down to it, it sounds like Avicii could paint his EDM shit all over this track and it would sell like crazy. If we’re lucky maybe Tiesto or Diplo will dip their toe in the murky world of the summer anthem remix. Maybe. Although, to be honest, I really don’t give a shit either way.