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In Love & War

Amerie

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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

Why is she not a superstar?!?!

I simply cannot fathom why Amerie is not huge! All 4 (including the 'not released in the U.S. album Because I Love It) albums have been superior. Lyrically, sonically, and perfect sequencing! I thought moving to Def jam would help, but this girl seriously needs a marketing team and record label behind her! Even iTunes screwed her with screwing up the release. She seems cursed, which is ashame because she is at the top of today's female RnB artists, I seriously hopes she gets the recognition she truly deserves! BUY THIS ALBUM IMMEDIATELY, it is SUPBERB!!!

Real RnB/Hip-Hop/Soul Returns with Amerie on this Epic Album!

I have so much to say about this album, but it is much easier to listen to it and understand for yourself. This album is a good combination of RnB/Hip-Hop/Soul/Rock/Pop making it a win for males & females, young & old. As we all know, being in a relationship has it's ups & downs, good times & bad times. This album takes you on a journey from 'wanting to be loved' to 'finding love' to 'letting love go.' The album kicks off with the up-tempo club bangers that many listeners associate Amerie with, and these bangers definitely pack a punch with her raspy (but harmonious) vocals and heavy percussion. Even when the relationship goes sour, Amerie manages to make the 'heartbreak' tracks sound so sweet! The album gives you a perfect combination of 'what you want, what you have, and what you wish you had' in a relationship. I love the whole album personally but my favorites are Higher, Why R U, Heard Em All, Pretty Brown, More Than Love, Red Eye, The Flowers and Different People. "In Love & War" is Amerie's 4th studio album. You will not be disappointed with this album, it is worth every penny. Have you ever wanted to 'trip the station or Change the channel' from the monotony of similar sounding artists and songs out today? This album 'In Love & War' is your solution/answer. Support Good MUSIC!!!! Thank you AMERIE!!!!!

I was sold

I only listened to the previews so far and read some of the reviews and i felt the need to post my opinion. Upon listening to the previews i was sort of hesitant. I have purchased two of ameries previous cds and liked her first cd the best. The first couple songs on this cd are have an ecleptic pop sound that you would not excpect from Amerie. However the lyrical context is very good and i can see myself jamming to these songs while im driving. Towards the middle of the cd the songs have more of an r&b feel. Some of my favorite songs are Why r u, pretty brown, swag back, and red eye just to name a few. I feel in love with her cd on previews alone so it is definitely worth purchasing.

Biography

Born: 1980 in Fitchburg, MA

Genre: R&B/Soul

Years Active: '00s, '10s

Pop-oriented R&B singer Amerie, the daughter of a Korean mother and an African-American father who was a career military member, 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 to attend Georgetown University, from which she later...
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