TBT – Another Again by John Legend

You ever have one of those days were none of the music that is currently out is doing it for you? For me, it’s more like “one of those years.” This year I think I’ve listened to more podcasts than anything else. With the exception of a couple of projects, (I’m looking at you Whipped Cream by Ari Lennox) everything I’ve listened to music wise has just been throwbacks. The good news is that throwbacks never go out of style and continue to give you the “feel good” that you felt when you first heard them.

One of my favorite artist that I love to listen to during my “throwback” mood is John Legend. While his career took off during my lifetime, some of my favorite works from him are over 10 years old. My favorite John Legend album that inspired today’s post is “Once Again.” Once Again was released in October of 2006 and was John Legend’s second studio album, and my favorite of Legend’s album. While I knew of John Legend since Get Lifted came out, and remember when the singles for this album came out, I didn’t get into the full “Once Again” until I was in college, around 2012-2013. During this period of time, this album just got me. John Legend’s voice, his lyrics, the music, everything just spoke to me and hit me on another level. Ever since then, it has become a staple in my music library.  I love every song on this album but my favorites are “Again”

Each time you call me home in a sweet refrain
Saying things will change, you’ll take away the pain
Then we flashback to the first time you put your spell on me
You envelope me, you feel good as hell to me

And “Another Again”

So we did it again
Knowing we should quit it, but we simply won’t admit it again
Oh it feels good, it’s so good, but I won’t do it again
It’s so dramatic again
After we go at it, we get mad then we go at it again
Oh I love it, then I hate it, she’s my favorite again

John Legend’s writing for this album was out of this world. In the opening track “Save Room” he hit us with one of my favorite lines

This just might hurt a little
Love hurts sometimes when you do it right
Dont be afraid of a little bit of pain
Pleasure is on the other side

I can go through this entire album and find a lyric in each song that just touches my soul but I’ll spare you. I’m going to get back to wearing out this album. What are you listening to today?

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