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Album Review

Apart from a little more drama, a notion set with the desperate urgency of opening track "Closer," not much makes Year of the Gentleman, Ne-Yo's third album in as many years, all that different from In My Own Words or Because of You. If there are any real shake-ups in the songwriter/singer's m.o., they are subtle, not glaring, typically evident only in the production wrinkles brought by his collaborators. Had each album been separated by a few years of inactivity, this lack of change might be an issue, but since breaking out with Mario's "Let Me Love You" in 2004, Ne-Yo has been nothing if not steady and consistent, a constant presence in the R&B chart who probably could not devise a gimmick if his career depended upon it — unless you hold those natural and often uncanny Michael Jackson vocalisms, as present as ever throughout highlight "Nobody," against him. What makes the album slightly less satisfying than Ne-Yo's first two albums is that the ballads are slightly sappier and overwrought. The odds are in his favor, however, that no one has written a more gorgeous song about slothful self-loathing. That song, "Why Does She Stay," forms the front end of a two-track patch of glorious gloom — the album's center, both literally and figuratively — complemented by "Fade into the Background," where he watches the one who got away get married. [The U.K. edition adds a bonus track, "What's the Matter."]

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Year Of Ne-Yo! Rating All The Songs!

I thought Ne-Yo's first 2 albums were amazing bt this album just blows everything away! IT IS INCREDIBLE! The best rnb album i Have Ever Heard My Whole Live! No Joke! I rated sum of the songs outta 5... Closer:5 Nobody:5 (one of the best tracks on the album) Single:3 Mad:5 Miss Independent:5 Why Does She Stay:4 Fade In The Background: 4 So You Can Cry: 5! Part Of The List: 3 Back to What You Know: 4 Lie To Me:4 Stop This World: 5 What's The Matter: 5 Fantastic Album I Have No Regrets At All About Buyin This Album! I am Gonna Go C Him In Concert! FANTASTIC :D!


Born: 18 October 1982 in Camden, AR

Genre: R&B/Soul

Years Active: '00s, '10s

Ne-Yo was one of the most successful songwriters and artists of the 2000s. His breakthrough didn't come until late 2004, as the co-songwriter of Mario's "Let Me Love You," a number one Hot 100 hit that Billboard later determined to be the eighth most successful single of the decade. By the close of 2009, however, Ne-Yo had racked up a career's worth of accomplishments. He released three albums, all of which went platinum in the United States. Seven of his singles, as well as five on which he appeared...
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