John Legend, one of our generation’s leading male vocalists, teams up with hip-hop’s most  versatile (and in my opinion underrated) band, The Roots to create a uniquely diverse and well executed album, reviving politically engaged R&B of yesteryear. Bustling through funk, Philly soul and gospel, taking on songs famous (Marvin Gaye’s “Wholy Holy”) and obscure (Mike James Kirkland’s “Hang on in There”), Legend and the Roots capture the old feeling of protest and uplift while updating the sound. Finally music with a purpse. Not all hope is lost.