As the Roots and John Legend’s collaborative (mostly) covers album’s release draws near, we have yet another promotional push here. We previously heard this track thanks to a live recording of the two acts playing on Good Morning America. And hearing in that setting allowed for a better understanding of “Shine,” the sole original on Wake Up!, as these cuts seem to take on another life in a live setting. So you can’t fault the Roots and Legend for bringing forth an in-studio performance of slow-burning, hopeful “Shine,” which is definitely sounding like one of Wake Up!‘s better tracks. Beyond that, hopefully this means these two acts will work together on more original material in the future.
Wake Up! drops Sept. 21.