Thanks to the phenomenal Springfield-Greene County Library District, I’m currently spinning “Wake Up” by John Legend and The Roots. It’s an album that I had high expectations for. Combining my favorite band of all time with my favorite R&B singer? Potential rockability is off the charts here.
“Wake Up” is everything I imagined it could be. The album puts a modern spin on some protest songs from the ’60s and ’70s, giving them a modern feel. The songs retain their classic feel without sounding dated, thanks in part to verses from MCs Black Thought and Common. These songs, though written in another era, have messages that are just as relevant today.
That includes the Friday Soundtrack selection “Wake Up Everybody,” originally done by Harold Melvin & The Bluenotes in 1975, with Teddy Pendergrass on lead vocals. Legend and the Roots are joined by Melanie Fiona and Common in their version. Enjoy.
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