On the twelve minute, epic cover of Bill Withers’ “I Can’t Write Left Handed”, The Roots team up with John Legend to deliver an incredibly powerful and moving song in both instrumentation and vocal delivery. The track comes from a project started by both Legend and The Roots in which they cover lesser known tracks from popular artists during the 1960s and 1970s. The title of the album, Wake Up!, immediately sends the message that this project is intended to link these songs to the present day where they apply just as well as they did originally. After a lead in to the song that gives some background information Legend and the Roots take the listener on a long, wonderful, gripping journey that is worth multiple listens. Legend is most powerful when you can tell he is singing about something he really, truly cares about which makes this project perfect for him. ?
Hear "I Can't Write Left Handed" below: