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Album Review

After "1 Thing" hit the Top Ten of the Hot 100 during the spring of 2005, Amerie was basically invisible. A follow-up single only grazed the Hip-Hop/R&B chart. Released in 2007, the adventurous Because I Love It, the singer's next album — and, ironically, best work — wasn't even issued in the U.S., possibly because its lead single slid off the chart within two weeks. Now on Def Jam, Amerie returns with In Love & War, an album that is much more creative than its title indicates while also playing out a bit like Because I Love It redux. Even with a few recycled ideas and the unlikeliness that she'll have another "1 Thing," the singer has made a second excellent album without the help of Rich Harrison. She works with another assortment of co-producers and co-writers, including Eric Hudson, Sean Garrett, Warryn Campbell, Rico Love, Jim Jonson, Bryan-Michael Cox, and even Teddy Riley. As on Because I Love It, all the high-energy material is packed into the first half, where Amerie lays down the law, accosts, and flirts, and she even manages to seem in control when she falls into a romantic trap. "Why R U" is a reminder that no one is better when it comes to breathing new life into a familiar breakbeat, while "Higher" is surprisingly rocking, reined in just before spinning out of control. The first half is even better when it cools down a few degrees, as on the rewrite of Mint Condition's "Breaking My Heart (Pretty Brown Eyes)," featuring Trey Songz, and "More Than Love," where Amerie rides more Kool & the Gang horns and gets into an amusing spat with Fabolous. "Swag Back" through "Dear John" is all subdued and deals mostly with the war side — accepting a lost cause, escaping "a living hell," and recovering from it — though "You're a Star" and "Red Eye" provide a reprieve, with the latter the album's only true slow jam. Its alluringly bleary synthesizer cleverly enhances Amerie's half-awake mile-high-club state of bliss. Heartbreak ballads like "The Flowers" and the "Paint Me Over"-like "Different People" might put off those who have an aversion to melodrama, but they are as well constructed as anything earlier in the set.

Customer Reviews

Back To The Beauty

Beautifull new album from the Beautifull Amerie, some great new songs which sounds as if the album has been split into two halfs, The 1st half has energy & heavy rhythmic sounds & drums that most of Amerie fans will apreciate. The 2nd half having the more slow emotional songs, she's such a tender singer she sounds like she always feels it & it effects you in turn which is the appeal I personally have with this lady. I not a huge fan of the R&B scene & cant relate to most of those American singers such as Beyonce, but there's something about Amerie which I really love. Personal favorites on this album have to be: Why R U, Swag Back & Dear John.

Much better than the singing mallard that is Rihanna!!

I think Amerie is underrated, her last album was fantastic but I think it came out the same time as Rhinanna and was overlooked. I think her songs and voice are much better than Rihanna and i hope that she become's the next beyonce as like her, great voice, great moves and she also uses smart sampling on her tracks. I looked through this album to pick and choose what i wanted and ended up buying the whole thing as it sounded so good.

Amazingly Amazing

If u have been an amerie fan from the begining and haev been waiting for new classic amerie joints, then buy this abulm, becuase ill tell you its amazing !

Biography

Born: 1980 in Fitchburg, MA

Genre: R&B/Soul

Years Active: '00s, '10s

Pop-oriented R&B singer and songwriter Amerie -- born Amerie Mi Marie Rogers in Fitchburg, Massachusetts to a Korean mother and an African-American father who was a career military man -- grew up on bases from Alaska to Germany. As a youth, she gained an appreciation of the classical arts (from her mother) and of music (from her father), and she also studied dance from an early age and performed in talent contests. After her high school graduation, her family settled down in Virginia while she began...
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