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John Legend Gets Spiritual on ‘Roll Jordan Roll’

Roll Jordan Roll
Columbia Records

The new film ’12 Years A Slave’ looks like its going to be a heartbreaker, as it tells the story of an African American man from the North who’s kidnapped into slavery. John Legend¬†channels the painful subject matter on ‘Roll Jordan Roll,’ which will be featured on the film’s official soundtrack.

The song is a rendition of what is known as a negro spiritual. There are no instruments here, just sparseness surrounding Legend’s powerful singing. It’s quite a switch-up from the lush sounds of ‘Love in the Future’ — his most recent album. Here he channels deep pain, and it sounds raw.

’12 Years A Slave’ is already being hailed as a masterpiece by some critics after its limited release this month. The film get its nationwide release on Nov. 1, while its soundtrack — featuring¬†Alicia Keys and Cody Chestnutt — will be released on Nov. 19.

Listen to John Legend’s ‘Roll Jordan Roll’

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