In a genre inundated by gyrating bottoms and sterilized beats, John Legend revives a brand of R&B on his debut, Get Lifted, that harkens back to a by-gone era with his soulful eloquence. The effect on Get Lifted, however, is more than just a nostalgic throwback. Legend owns his music in a way that comes only from following your own inner instincts – the product is a sound that’s fresh, unexpected and comfortably itself. Piano playin’, song writin’ Legend could be the male equivalent to Alicia Keys but pigeonholing Legend’s music seems somehow wrong and insulting to Legend’s genuine talent. From the warm and comforting lines of ‘Stay with You’ to the lucid and elegant piano-infused ‘Ordinary People’ to the understatedly groovy ‘Used to Love You’, Get Lifted moves along to its own unique rhythm. What rises out of Get Lifted and captures your attention is nothing more ostentatious than Legend’s own understated charm and his brand of some good ol’ music, just the way it should be.