Lyrically, this is deeper than "Yeah Boy," "Dibs," or "Love Me Like You Mean It" by far. And the lyrics are stronger, attempting to create a story in a song, which is what country music is known for. But this song gets a little stuck on the main theme and fails to complete the story, and tell all the details of the story start from finish. The major idea is that Ballerini appreciates a past love for what it was, and that is was beautiful. It mirrors the message and theme of a couple Taylor Swift songs, one obvious one being "Long Live," but also "Sad Beautiful Tragic" off of Red. But on "Sad Beautiful Tragic," Swift told the story. Ballerini only tells part of the story, only the good parts. There's nothing there to make the relationship seem realistic: it only seems perfect. This is what makes Ballerini less accessible than her idol: she tries too hard to be perfect. "Legends" is another example of that flaw in her writing.
However, this is a step in the right direction. Obviously Ballerini is attempting to be seen as a songwriter, and moving away from songs like "Yeah Boy" will definitely help her out. But her sophomore record is still a big question mark, and maybe Ballerini will step up to the plate with that project and put out some songs that do truly show her talent as a songwriter.
Overall rating: 3 crowns
Listen to "Legends" below.