Review : NE-YO - Because Of You
LA Daily NewsThe 24-year-old singer/songwriter has taken a break from making chart-topping, airwave-consuming hits for popular artists - Beyonc , Musiq and, more recently, Whitney Houston - to serve up a satisfying second album. Much like the 2006 "In My Own Words," Ne-Yo (born Shaffer Smith) applies his signature storytelling abilities to the topics of commitment, love and, of course, sex. But don't call him an addict, an issue he humorously addresses on "Addicted," a pseudo-apology underlined with cockiness that is typical of the artist. ...full text
Entertainment WeeklyThe hit songs Ne-Yo writes for others are positively bursting with emotion — the defiant pride portrayed by Beyoncé in ''Irreplaceable,'' the agonizing guilt displayed by Rihanna in ''Unfaithful.'' Yet on his own Grammy-nominated 2006 debut, he came across as oddly guarded....full text
AllHipHop.comWhile Def Jam MCs are complaining left and right about slow release schedules and lackluster marketing, the label's R&B artists don't seem to be having any problems. Like labelmate Rihanna, singer/songwriter Ne-Yo is quickly following up his successful debut with Because of You (Def Jam), a focused and mature look at the artist that puts him well within striking distance of one of the scant few slots at the top of R&B Mountain....full text
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