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Review: John Legend at Verizon Theatre

November 8, 2013

YellowBrix

Nov. 08--GRAND PRAIRIE "I feel good tonight, Dallas," purred John Legend Thursday night.

It's a sentiment any and every musician always shares from the stage, but precious few embody it as Legend does and did at Verizon Theatre.

The critically acclaimed, award-bedecked singer-songwriter is effectively boudoir-ready bonhomie made manifest, and his current "Made to Love" tour made sure to share the wealth with an adoring, nearly sold-out audience.

For 100 minutes, Legend traversed the breadth of his catalog, backed by a sharp, six-piece band and pulling heavily from his fourth album, Love in the Future.

Clad in all black, Legend, moved between the piano bench and the mike stand, keeping the evening humming along (he knocked out 10 songs in the opening half hour alone).

Spinning from the cool atmospherics of the set-opening Made to Love to the earthy ebullience of Let's Get Lifted to the plaintive Save Room, Legend's exquisite voice was in fine form, melting like butter between every lyric uttered.

A mid-set solo performance helped add variety to the night's sophisticated sensuality. Indeed, his passionate take on Harold Melvin and the Blue Notes' Wake Up Everybody, from Legend's underappreciated 2010 collaboration with the Roots, Wake Up!, spiked the pleasantries with a dose of activism.

So many performers say it, but so few demonstrate it with any degree of enthusiasm: John Legend felt good, was good and left nothing but good vibes in his wake -- an efficient yet entertaining evening with one of pop music's stealthier talents.

Preston Jones, 817-390-7713 Twitter: @prestonjones

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