Get Lifted

~ Release group by John Legend

Album

Release Format Tracks Date Country Label Catalog# Barcode
Official
Get Lifted CD 14 Sony Urban Music, Columbia (imprint owned by CBS between 1938–1990 within US/CA/MX; owned worldwide by Sony Music Entertainment since 1991 except in JP) COL 518577 2 / 5185772000 5099751857723
Get Lifted CD 14 Columbia (imprint owned by CBS between 1938–1990 within US/CA/MX; owned worldwide by Sony Music Entertainment since 1991 except in JP), Sony Urban Music CK 92776 827969277621
Get Lifted (unknown) 14
Get Lifted CD 16 Sony Music Japan International Inc. (Do not use as a label, see the annotation.) SICP-717 4547366019049
Get Lifted CD 20 Sony Music Japan International Inc. (Do not use as a label, see the annotation.) SICP-882 4547366022056
Get Lifted CD 18 Sony Music Japan International Inc. (Do not use as a label, see the annotation.) SICP 941 4547366022834
Get Lifted SACD 15 Columbia (imprint owned by CBS between 1938–1990 within US/CA/MX; owned worldwide by Sony Music Entertainment since 1991 except in JP), G.O.O.D. Music (Getting Out Our Dreams), Sony Urban Music 82876 76181 6 828767618166
Get Lifted CD 15 Sony BMG Music Entertainment (Aug 5, 2004 - Oct 1, 2008; do not use if a specific sub-label is available) 82876758992 828767589923

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Wikidata: Q2564709 [info]
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John Legend was already pretty big news when this debut album came out in 2004. A piano-playing prodigy at the University of Pennsylvania, blessed with a wonderful voice, his break came when the then-unknown Kanye West asked him to sing some hooks on The College Dropout, his own breakthrough release. A slew of session work followed.

West, well aware of the scale of Legend's contribution to his work, made him the flagship artist of his new label, Getting Out Our Dreams, and the rather more mundane John Stephens soon became John Legend. Produced by will.i.am and Dave Tozer alongside West and Legend, Get Lifted is a remarkably assured debut. It isn't smothered in tricks as it doesn't need to be: the quality of the writing is, in the main, outstanding.

Legend was never going to hide his natural talent, and the album opens with a piano flourish and an invitation to the listener to "Come on and go with me, there's something new for you to see". The title track runs through a variety of drug metaphors for his musical ability, which may sound hackneyed on paper but in practice it works perfectly, and does so again on the minimalist, Ennio Morricone-inspired reprise 10 tracks later. It is Legend's confidence with his cliches that carries Get Lifted.

I Can Change - a simple plea from an errant lover to his partner - is rendered widescreen by a gospel choir, and then the rap is delivered by the bad man's bad man, Snoop Dogg. When Snoop says "this is legendary shit" at its close you have little choice other than to believe it. The low-key shuffle of Stay With You, the touching Ordinary People and the Caribbean-influenced Refuge all maintain the high standard. Even a mawkish concoction like the overwrought So High is grounded by Legend's sincerity.

Get Lifted is an album that not only lived up to the hype, but rose squarely above it. Yes, at times it is a patchwork of the past filtered through Legend's ever-present influences, but the quality of his writing and performance, and his collaborators' contributions, make it worthy of the awards and plaudits it rightly received.