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I am a big fan of Ne-yo so had been eagerly awaiting of the released of his latest album Red. Red was released on the 6th November 2012 and is Ne-yo's fifth studio album. I am glad to see he has gone back to Stargate as they are excellent producers and seemed to have gone a little quiet in recent years. For those who don't know Ne-yo is an RnB singer and one of the most popular artists in the world. This album has 13 main tracks with the deluxe edition containing an extra 2 tracks and I will review my favourite tracks
This is ballad and one of the best ones he has done in a while with a major part played by Tim McGraw. I have only heard of him before with the hit track Over and Over when he collaborated with Nelly. As well as it having a great melody and both artists excelling at their solo lines the reason I love this song is lyrics. Now I think about it 99% of RnB songs when talking about relationships talk about how they did something wrong to ruin a relationship, but here they sing about how the relationship is the girls fault. It is a very sweet song even though the lyrics have a hint of revenge.
This is one of three songs produced by Stargate and Ne-yo's fans will have heard about this one for a while so I was a little surprised it made the cut for the album as it isn't one that was created recently. As expected when Stargate produce, the beat is very polished and Ne-yo does his thing with the singing. This is a medium paced track about how he has found Miss Right and she is the most perfect girl so what is she doing here. The breakdown towards the end is the one has sang in a while.
Shut Me Down
Ne-yo also knows how to make the club tracks and Shut Me Down is a great example of this. It is a very simple track about how a girl needs to shut him down. Not literally of course but in the sense that a girl needs to own him and that he is done looking for other girls. The hook really works here but it is fairly simplistic however it is just one of those catchy tracks that you can imagine blasting out a loud volume.
Overall I was disappointed with this album. It is funny that asides from Usher's last album that Ne-yo has been quick to criticise him saying that his albums have stagnated and that he is showing nothing different so I hope Usher does something similar here to criticise Ne-yo, but then I guess Usher has no need to do as he has been around for twenty years so can deal with this. Ne-yo's last album Libra Scale was something different but it was disappointing and just because it is different doesn't really mean it is better. Here there is a wider range of tracks, but it is all really a type of music we have heard before. Maybe new fans would be satisfied, but it is his fifth album and he needs to start growing as an artist. Look at Linkin Park, they experimented away after their first two albums and it is working, so Ne-yo needs to do something similar.
Disc #1 Tracklisting
1 Cracks In Mr. Perfect
2 Lazy Love
3 Let Me Love You (Until You Learn To Love Yourself)
4 Miss Right
6 Don't Make Em Like You - Ne-Yo, Wiz Khalifa
7 Be The One
8 Stress Reliever
9 She Is - Ne-Yo, Tim McGraw
10 Carry On (Her Letter To Him)
11 Forever Now
12 Shut Me Down
14 Should Be You - Ne-Yo, Fabolous, Diddy
15 My Other Gun
16 Alone With You (Maddie's Song)
17 Let's Go - Calvin Harris, Ne-Yo