Song of the Day: Overload
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John Legend’s love life has changed drastically throughout his music career. From his debut album “Get Lifted”—a brutally honest confession of how often he cheated on his girlfriends—to his highest charting song “All of Me,” a promise to give his everything to one woman forever, romance has always been at the forefront of his music.
On Legend’s fifth and newest album, “Darkness and Light,” he stuck to his guns and relied heavily on love as a topic. People seem to still be intrigued by it though, as the most popular song off the album is actually titled “Love Me Now.”
While I have grown slightly bored of the lovey-dovey, Chrissy-Teigen-is-my-only-muse John Legend, he has simply created a masterpiece with “Overload.” Reflecting on how love can be affected by fame, Legend begins the song with a lone guitar and some stunning lyricism.
“Yeah we used to flirt with freedom / ‘Fore everybody knew our name / We became their favorite secret / loved for love and not for fame.”
Legend teamed up with R&B icon Miguel on this track, and the two combine for some truly stunning harmonies, particularly on the chorus.
Legend, who broke onto the scene as an R&B singer, has slowly moved into the pop world. Yet on this track, you can feel his internal musicality and respect for the instrumentalists. How many pop songs have trumpet and guitar solos in them, or give more than half of the singing parts to a feature?
But the truth about this song is that there is no fantastic backstory. There is no inspirational tale of its creation, no moral hidden in its words. This song achieves SOTD status for one reason and one reason alone: It is one of the most beautiful songs I have ever heard. Since I can’t do it justice with my vocabulary, have a listen for yourself.