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"Because of You" was released in 2005 as the second album from the R&B singer Ne-Yo. Dropping not long after his debut (just a year), it has him showing more of what he has to give the music world with his Michael Jackson-inspired Pop and R&B with the aid of the likes of Eric Hudson, StarGate and Neff-U on production.
1. "Because of You"
The album gets off to a nice start as things are set off with what was the lead single to the LP. The record's titular track, it saw quite a bit of success and was able to really kick-start the promotion of this project. I felt that it had quite a bit to offer listeners as something with clear Disco-era MJ edges to it and a solid structure with the support of the production which the Norwegian production team StarGate put together.
This tune gets a Jay-Z feature on it in order to appeal to those more into Hip Hop than R&B. I thought it was rather average from him and offered nothing to this tune and really didn't fit in with what this tune was bout. Ignoring this, I felt that this was a pretty nice tune from ne-Yo and one that has him putting up a nice display to show just how well he can put together potential hits with little effort.
3. "Can We Chill"
This song was another of the singles. I thought that it was nice to see that on it he decides to go for a little something which takes inspiration from the early eighties R&B scene and so doesn't sound as corny that he mimics Michael Jackson-esque things as he does his thing here. It's a powerful one from him and a tune which will appeal to those who tend to get into his more commercial tracks.
4. "Do You"
I thought that, where the singles were concerned, this was probably the best which popped off this specific album from Ne-Yo. On this one we have him coming out with a track which has him attacking things from an emotive standpoint and coming out with a tune which has him singing towards an ex partner about how he just wishes her good in her life and doesn't want to get involved 9as she may think).
I thought that this was a great little fun tune on the album and something which shows that the singer has a little more character than what his music has given up to this point. Here we're given a powerful tune and one which has him singing about how his fame has made it much easier for him to get girls, but he wants to make it clear that it's not led to him having a sex addiction as some may think.
6. "Leaving Tonight"
A change in the music comes with this tune as we're led right into a ballad. This low-paced offering has him linking up with Jennifer Hudson and together they do a great job at taking the listeners away in their little relationship issue where Ne-Yo's attempting to fight for his love when in fact his partner has suspicions about what he's up to and who exactly people on his phone may actually be.
7. "Ain't Thinking About You"
I thought that this was a pretty powerful tune from the singer. Here he puts up a very nice vocal performance and so ensures that you'll be satisfied if that's a very important factor for you 9which its likely to be). Eric Hudson comes up with hectic and engaging beats which draw you right in and from there Ne-Yo does a does a great job at taking the listeners away with the danceable cut.
8. "Sex With My Ex"
I thought that this was an interesting piece from the singer and one which has him showing just a little more of how he's not as clean as he may seem to be. Here he sings of how what's given in the title seems to feel much better than when done under normal circumstances. The only thing which annoyed me about this one is that he sings it as if he's Michael Jackson and it's something which many are likely to notice.
Ne-Yo calms things right down for this one. I felt that that it was a good time to do so as he went for something rather risky on the last and here it seems that he's going for a little something with commercial appeal for a wide variety of people to get down with. I felt that this one was put together nicely and so is something that his Pop following will enjoy, but was a little plain for my tastes.
10. "Make It Work"
Shae Taylor's production is nice here and its done in a way that makes it sound familiar (when in fact it wasn't released as a single and so its unlikely that you'll recognise it unless you went through the album before). I thought that it pulled the quality of the record right back up as the singer shows just how strong his writing is and how exactly he's able to make things work in ways not many can pull off.
11. "Say It"
It took me some time to get into this track. I thought that it was a bit too heavy and so may be a bit too much to those who tend to enjoy much more manageable and straight-forward Pop tunes. I thought that he was appealing to different audiences here (or those who only get off on his higher vocal range) and it done in a nice way, but one which I can't say hit me at first as anything special.
12. "Go On Girl"
The album ends with this tune and I thought that it was a suitable place to close things off on as we're offered a single. It's a gentle tune and something which seemed to predict the direction which popular R&B would go in for the years to come as Acoustic material became more appealing and successful (as seen in the inescapable "With You" from Chris Brown). It's a smooth way to finalise this album.
This is a nice album from ne-Yo and the sort of thing that I felt would appeal to all of those into contemporary R&B and the general Pop genre from this time. Much of what was brought here was overplayed and so became annoying, which is why I had to take a while to return to it. However, it feels safe and something which could potentially be seen as a classic for this R&B era.
Because of You is the second album from the pen and lungs of singer and songwriter Ne-Yo. It features the well known title track 'Because of You' as well as other hits including 'Crazy' with Jay-Z and 'Leaving Tonight' with Jennifer Hudson.
The 13-track album is put together really well and shows off not only his soulful voice but also his talents as a songwriter. His years of ghost writing for other artists paid off now that he is getting his chance to shine on his own. Lyrically, he stands out among his peers, which is only a good thing.
Originally, I wasn't a big fan judging by his first efforts. I thought he was just another RnB singer from the seemingly endless production line that churns them out one after another. However, after taking a chance and buying this on the recommendation of a friend I found myself to be pleasantly surprised.
Personally, I think the best songs on the album are 'Crazy', 'Can we Chill' and 'Do You' but the title track stands out over them all as my personal favourite. Its not the average RnB love music which all seems to sound more and more similar so Ne-Yo definitely gets a thumbs up from me for these particular efforts.
I'm now a big Ne-Yo fan and look forward to his next albums. In my view, he has gone from being a Michael Jackson wannabe into a genuine talented artist who I would suggest to anyone.
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Another great album from Neyo, he shows no end to his talent with this album which again showcases his great voice and vocals and of course his rather outstanding talent for writing great music and lyrics.
'Because of You' was the first single I heard from this album and it was a great hit on the radio here. The other singles that also became very popular rather quickly are 'Do You', 'Can We Chill' and 'Go On Girl'
My favourite track has to be 'Do You'. The lyrics of this track are fantastic and his voice and vocals make the tune and lyrics flow really well with a smooth sound and catchy chorus making this one of those memorable ballads that many can relate to, it actually reminds me of my first love...yes, really!:) We have actually talked about this song! 'nuff said...
'Go On Girl' is also one of my faves and I have watched this video over and over again. My fave parts of the song are the chorus 'Please don't worry bout me, I'm fine.. Only gonna play the fool one time...Trust me when I say, that I'll be ok...Go on Girl..I'll be fine'
Did I already mention that I was a huge fan?! coz I really am. His lyrics are those you can listen to over and over again. All the other tracks are equally a good listen and the duet with Jennifer Hudson show his ability to work with and blend with different artists, think NKOTB too!
After 'In my Own Words', this is another must-have album of Neyo's to chill out to and to dance to also.
He just keeps getting better... I'd definitely recommend:)
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With a new album due out in September Ne - Yo is riding high at the moment and is much in demand for his writing skills, he did a brilliant live lounge performance on Radio 1 the over day and confirmed that one of the artists he is writing for at the moment is Michael Jackson.
1. Because Of You
2. Crazy - Ne-Yo, Jay-Z
3. Can We Chill
4. Do You
6. Leaving Tonight - Ne-Yo, Jennifer Hudson
7. Ain't Thinking About You
8. Sex With My Ex
10. Make It Work
11. Say It
12. Go On Girl
13. That's What It Does
This particular album has a wonderful combination of soulful tracks with some really funky dance tracks thrown in, the guy has a really smooth voice which I love to listen to and I'm just sorry I never got tickets to see his current tour.
I love Crazy which includes Ne-Yo and Jay - Zl etting rip in full flow in what is a great song to move to and the opening track Because of You is a big favourite of mine.
This is certainly a good R n B album however it is let down by a couple of weaker tracks and in particular Sex with my Ex is a poor track where he seems to try and replicate the sound of Prince and fails.
Despite this I would still recommend this as a good album to get.
NeYo- Because Of You
Firstly, here is a list of the tracks on this album:
Because Of You
Crazy ft Jay Z
Can We Chill
Leaving Tonight ft Jennifer Hudson
Aint Thinking About You
Sex With My Ex
Make It Work
Go On Girl
Thats What It Does
NeYos first album, In My Own Words, had some great songs with some not so good, however the great songs were special and exceptionally good. In this album, the quality of NeYos lyrics and vocals have got better, but again only some of the songs on this album are exceptionally good, the rest just make up the numbers.
NeYo is obviously a talented guy, and after writing the songs for Rihannas Unfaithful and Beyonces Irreplaceable, he has proved that he really can come up with excellent lyrics. And with his album it is much the same. Some of the lyrics are great.
NeYos vocals are smooth and flawless. He is such a good singer and sings with great emotion and passion. For a new singer, this album is very good, but some of the songs on the album are unneeded, or dont seem to fit in.
The first track on the album, Because Of You, is a very good title song. The vocals and lyrics are perfect and this track really shows how good NeYo is. If you were to buy the album, it would be for this song in particular.
Crazy ft JayZ, is one of the better songs on the album, but I dont feel it is the best. Maybe it is the fact the JayZ is in it that doesnt make it the most exciting of songs. However, the beginning of the song where JayZ is singing, is wonderful, it just gets a bit boring after the first minute.
Can We Chill, the third track, is fairly good, and I have it on my MP3 player, but again, it isnt a chart topping song.
Do You is a fabulous song. After Because of You, this is the next best song. The vocals are again very good, the expression and emotion is all their and this is NeYo at his very best.
Addicted is one of my favourite tracks on this album. The song itself is exceptional and though many will not like this song, I think it is wonderful.
Leaving Tonight ft Jennifer Hudson, is one of the most disappointing tracks on this album. Though it is a very hyped up song due to the collaboration with Hudson, it is pretty boring compared to all the other songs.
Aint Thinking About You, Sex with my Ex and Angel are all pretty much on the same entertainment level. They arent very good and you get the feeling that NeYo is letting himself down with putting such bad songs on his album.
Make It Work, Say It and Go On Girl make up the best songs on the album. They are all very good and make the album worth listening to, unfortunately the last track on the album is shockingly bad.
I would conclude that if NeYo put the best songs from both albums into one album, then it would be worth 5 stars. Unfortunately, there are very disappointing tracks on this album and NeYo needs to learn to keep these songs off such a good album.
Tracks I Love (5 star):
Because Of You
Tracks I Like (4 star)
Make It Work
Can We Chill
Worth a mention tracks (2 and 3 star)
Aint Thinkin About You
Go On Girl
Overall I would give this album 3 stars. If only the top 5 tracks were included then it would be excellent.
Disc #1 Tracklisting
1 Because of You
2 Crazy - Jay-Z, , Ne-Yo,
3 Can We Chill
4 Do You
6 Leaving Tonight - Jennifer Hudson, Ne-Yo,
7 Ain't Thinking About You
8 Sex with My Ex
10 Make It Work
11 Say It
12 Go on Girl