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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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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?
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