A ‘Wake Up’ Call From John Legend, The Roots, Melanie Fiona & Common

The second half of 2010 is sounding as lovely as the first half did, and one album that many are buzzing about is Wake Up!, the upcoming collaboration from John Legend and The Roots. Stellar artists on their own, Legend and the Legendary Roots Crew are combining forces for what is sure to be an out-of-this-world pairing from what I'm hearing. Adding some extra flavor to their mix will be Melanie Fiona and Common who join the gang on a remake of Harold Melvin & the Blue Notes' classic "Wake Up Everybody." As poignant and timely now as it was when the original was released in 1975, Legend and Fiona sound fantastic together and The Roots are killing it as they are known to do. Oddly enough, although I love Common, I didn't love him on this song. His bars were good but unnecessary here in my opinion; this could have stood as just a duet between John and Melanie. I'd actually enjoy hearing more of those two together. Nonetheless, this is very solid and just as enjoyable. 

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    whats the point of a bunch of actual musicians getting together and doing a remake, Diddy could have done this mess

  2. I love John Legend and Common so much, but I really wish that the ONLY real artists we have today would write something new, instead of remaking. Yes these song relate to today, unfortunately. But I say write something new and uplifting, just like they did then.
    It's a nice remake though.

  3. I'm not the biggest John Legend fan. I bought his first album but I find some of his music boring and his kind of overdoes it with his vibrato. With all of the talented people on the song, it would have been great if they could have come up with something original. That being said, I actually like Common's contribution to the song. From his verse to the end, the song got a lot better for me.

  4. I agree I'm not much of a John Legend fan. I'm unsure why nowadays when a song is retouched that they have to add a rap verse in it? Melanie sounds great, I could of done it with just her and John on the vocals. Regardless, a talented bunch.

  5. Why attempt to remake this song? You know you going fall short. Why is it a duet? I like Common but why do we need a rap on this song? Sadly this song embodies everything I hate about covering classics. I hope the rest of the album is better than this.
    Seal's album is how you should cover classics.

  6. Didn't think i'd like any voice but Teddy's doing this song, but john Legend does a good job and sounds great with Melanie Fiona - her voice is amazing!