Love In The Future (John Legend) is such a perfect album, yet I hate it so much. Today, for a change of pace from Janelle Monae and Pitbull, I decided to treat myself to a little Legend.
The album is genius really, great compositions (although
All Of Me/All of You is, as I like to say, akin to a great ten-ingredient salad: it would
likely have been even better with just the first six ingredients) , extremely
capable voice, a confident and assured message...
This message is what I hate so much - who can stand all that romance,
love and marriage? Sometime in the future, when governments need a
campaign to get people loving and procreating again, yeah, sure, grab
this sappy album with its excrutiating cover - bloodred flowers on a
plain white background - and honeydoused lyrics.
The album is a
great illustration of what I call thematic unity; not only do the
titles, cover, lyrics and style, match, but the songs actually bleed one
into the next - delightful! ) Anyway, moving on - the one thing more gag-inducing than this music is its official video, I'll spare you and just show a (much saner) live performance instead.
I didn't want to puke at All Of
You on this latest listen. I managed not to think of the near-inevitability of
divorce maybe, like hey, Monsieur or Madame Stupid-In-Love, you'd better get a prenup hahaha. I kept my mind away from the many musical transitions and my
theory of salad ingredients. I was using the good speakers and having a
good time. ( Speaking of which, I need to get rid of every poor audio machine in my life
soon...equipment quality really matters when listening to music. ) I
was really enjoying myself.
To summarize, Love In The Future is a perfect album about...Love In The Future. It believes in love and wants you to believe too. Technically, it's flawless. It should have won whatever the big award is.
But by the eighth track just now I had to stop the music. It was getting to be too
much sap for my delicate mind to bear.
Makes me immature, I guess. I mean, who hates John