"All of Me" (CD Single)

Music review by
Kyle Jackson, Common Sense Media
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Another strong and sentimental ballad from gifted vocalist.

Parents say

age 5+
Based on 2 reviews

Kids say

age 8+
Based on 4 reviews

A lot or a little?

The parents' guide to what's in this music.

Positive Messages

Uplifting and romantic ballad professes the power of love to inspire and appreciate the "perfect imperfections" in one another.

Positive Role Models & Representations

Legend is as warm and powerful as ever, letting his haunting piano and soulful voice drive a message of enduring affection.

Violence
Sex

The lyrics are completely free of any suggestive content, but the popular music video is quite sensual, including partial nudity and shots of John Legend lying in bed with a woman.

Consumerism
Drinking, Drugs & Smoking

What parents need to know

Parents need to know that "All of Me," the latest hit single by R&B crooner John Legend, is a sweet and heartfelt romantic ballad that anyone who has ever been in love can appreciate and relate to. Legend keeps it kid-friendly on this track, crafting a universal and positive love story that tweens, teens, and adults can all embrace .

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User Reviews

  • Parents say
  • Kids say
Parent of a 7 and 10-year-old Written byShopkins1230 November 2, 2016
Adult Written byJared Galczynski June 4, 2014
I'm surprised there aren't more reviews.
Kid, 11 years old July 23, 2020

Positive view of romance

This song shows themes of acceptance, kindness, and unconditional love. The Tiesto remix is better the the original, but other than that, this is amazing!
Teen, 14 years old Written bylafrancophile January 18, 2020

boring

In my opinion it is a very boring song. the singing is flat and there are hardly any tracks, also it is much too slow.

What's the story?

"ALL OF ME" is the third single from popular R&B singer and pianist John Legend's fourth studio album, 2013's Love In The Future. While the album has some more experimental and funky moments, "All of Me" is a standard Legend ballad, featuring a solo voice and piano arrangement and simple, universal lyrics. The song was inspired by the singer's wife, who also appears in the hot-and-heavy music video.

Is it any good?

Fans of John Legend and other balladeers will undoubtedly appreciate the emotion in the singing and the stripped-down arrangement, which really lets his voice shine through. While the lyrics are indeed honest and relatable, some might not find them particularly profound or original, but they ring true with the sincerity of the performance. This is the type of song that could be played at weddings and middle-school dances for years to come, reminiscent of the anthemic and soulful R&B of artists like Whitney Houston and Alicia Keyes.

Talk to your kids about ...

  • Families can talk about how pop music has moved away from the natural power of the human voice and acoustic instruments. Is there something special about that organic combination that allows artists like John Legend to succeed in a market dominated by synthesizers and auto-tune?

  • How important is the look and feel of a music video in determining your opinion of a song or artist? What sort of image do you think Legend is trying to cultivate?

Music details

  • Artist: John Legend
  • Release date: August 12, 2013
  • Type: Single
  • Labels: Good Music, Columbia
  • Genre: R&B/Pop
  • Parental advisory: No
  • Edited version available: No
  • Last updated: June 19, 2019

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