John Legend is striving to make the world a brighter place with the release of his new album Bigger Love.
Previewed by the singles “Conversations in the Dark” and “Actions,” Legend’s seventh studio album comes at a time that the artist recognizes may be bleak for his listeners. In an attempt to provide respite, Legend has crafted a collection of beautifully bright pop songs to celebrate what he sees as our connecting thread—love.
Bigger Love seems to fall more in line with Legend’s earlier romantic albums as opposed to his previous full-length release. 2016’s Darkness and Light, as its title implies, gave listeners a glimpse of the flipside to Legend’s exuberant positivity.
“During these painful times, some of us may wonder if it’s ok to laugh or dance or be romantic,” Legend said in a statement. “Lately, the images of black people in the media have been showing us with knees on our necks, in mourning, or expressing our collective outrage. We feel all those emotions. But it’s important for us to continue to show the world the fullness of what it is to be black and human. Through our art, we are able to do that. This album is a celebration of love, joy, sensuality, hope and resilience, the things that make our culture so beautiful and influential.”
To write and produce Bigger Love, Legend worked with Anderson. Paak, Teddy Geiger, Digi, Charlie Puth, Ryan Tedder and other songwriters. Featured artists on the record include Jhené Aiko, Koffee, Rapsody, Camper and Gary Clark Jr.
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