Reviews of new records from John Legend and Volcano Choir

John Legend, Love in the Future
Executive producer Kanye West’s influence is clear on much of Love, especially on the hallucinogenic throb of ”Asylum,” a masterpiece of postmodern soul. But Legend too often resorts to theater-kid oversinging, turning simple pretty musings like ”Hold On Longer” into histrionic piano-bar busts. B-Kyle Anderson

Volcano Choir, Repave
When Justin Vernon, a.k.a. Bon Iver, accepted the Best New Artist award at 2012’s Grammys, he seemed desperate to hightail it back to Wisconsin. And indeed, his post-trophy work has focused largely on side projects with lower-profile hometown pals, like this second Volcano Choir outing. Repave rallies Vernon’s swelling heartbreak, wind-chime wanderings, and nutty lyrics (like ”sexing all your parliament”) into robust, chorus-and-all songs. Spotlight? Dude just wants a bigger campfire. BNick Catucci