by Carla Bynum
John Legend showcases his falsetto on the album’s title track “Darkness and Light.” The song features Alabama Shakes lead singer Brittany Howard and is about the love between two people who lose control together. Nothing can stop their love.
“Love Me Now” is the first official single and has an upbeat feel to it. John has said that the song is about “living and loving to the fullest, no matter what tomorrow may bring.” Nothing in life is guaranteed and he wants to shower his wife with love and he wants her to do the same so they can make the most of every moment.
“What You Do To Me” is a relatable track about the love-hate relationship between most partners. He feels like he’s going to lose his mind in his relationship but he knows that he would die if his wife wasn’t by his side.
John knows that him and his wife are “Surefire” and meant to be together even when times seem dark.
“Right By You (for Luna)” is dedicated to his newborn daughter Luna. Throughout the song he asks questions and wonders what the world will be like when she’s grown up. No matter what the circumstances may be, he wants her to know that he will always be there for her.
John doesn’t need to justify his feelings as he finds himself enamored with a stranger because he is only looking for a
“Temporarily Painless” night of fun.
John battles with temptation and the desire to cheat on the song “How Can I Blame You.” He meets somebody that catches his eye and contemplates cheating for one night.
On the track “Same Old Story,” John sings about a relationship where the partner promises that they will stay together although deep down he knows that isn’t true.
The use of the metaphoric fading star on “Marching into the Dark” is a representation of putting one’s life on the line for a cause they believe in. During an interview with the Los Angeles Times, John said:
“The idea of struggle and the idea of putting your life on the line for an important cause, the metaphor we use is that they’re chasing a fading star into the dark. They’re struggling for an end they may never see. Everything I talk about — improving our schools, prison reform, making sure everyone has an equal opportunity — I don’t know if we’ll ever get there, frankly, I’m pessimistic. But I’m optimistic enough to know that even the little wins count. So the struggle is worth it.”
John Legend is undoubtedly one of my favorite artists. His vocals and lyrics are always on point and he has remained one of the most consistent artists currently in the game. He isn’t afraid to show vulnerability and that is perhaps one of my favorite qualities about his music. Darkness and Light gives us a glimpse into the less glamourous sides of marriage and how he hopes to make it out of the darkness and into the light again.
Recommended Tracks: “Right by You (For Lune,” “Darkness and Light,” ““Overload,” “Marching into the Dark”