- Audio CD (5 Nov. 2012)
- Number of Discs: 1
- Label: Mercury
- ASIN: B0099R7YAY
- Other Editions: Audio CD | MP3 Download
- Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars See all reviews (39 customer reviews)
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Fifth studio album from the American singer-songwriter. 'R.E.D' (an acronym for 'Realizing Every Dream') features the sings 'Lazy Love', 'Let Me Love You' and 'Don't Make 'Em Like You' (featuring Wiz Khalifa).
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on ever-more secure ground. This is, in many ways, his very finest work
so-far. That Ne-Yo is blessed with one of the most distinctive voices in
the game has never been in doubt but in this new collection his heart,
head and larynx seem better connected than ever before. There is a
glorious flexibility of attack and richness of tone evident in these
seventeen new numbers which, with spot-on pitch and an easy facility
with both words and melody, keeps him head and shoulders ahead of the pack.
The involvement of a truck load of producers has not interfered with the
overall sonic coherence of the album. The diversity of his collaborators
turns out to be a real strength, adding colour and variety to the project.
Whether in dance-friendly tracks like 'Let Me Love You (Until You Learn To
Love Yourself)', 'Forever Now' and 'Shut Me Down' (the inclusion of 'Lets Go',
a spirited turn with Calvin Harris, rips up the rug too!); or beautifully articulated
ballads such as 'She Is' (a scintillating highlight), 'Forever Now' and the
truly lovely minor key 'Alone With You (Maddie's Song)', this consummate
artist never drops a stitch. The fact that he makes it all seem so easy is
a credit to his innate musicality and ability to make each song ring true.
A confident and thoroughly enjoyable listening experience from top to tail.
Lyrically, it is `Jealous' which proves to be a winner. With lyrics such as; "What I wouldn't give to be your shoe, Just so I could caress your feet" one can tell how Ne-Yo is not shy to put on his wordsmith mantle. `Stress Reliever' comes with a sombre and melancholic sound set against the interwoven vocal harmonies of Ne-Yo - this is R&B in its purest form, what a perfect song! Another ear-pleaser is `All She Wants', the only problem with the song is the rather redundant verse by Young Jeezy, which fails to add any value at all. Other personal favourites are `Should Be You' ft. Fabolous & Diddy and `Dont Make Em Like You' ft. Wiz Khalifa.
All in all, RED is a good album. Is it better than Libra Scale? Yes. Is it better than 2008's Year of the Gentleman? No.
There is great versatility and variety shown in this album, which I feel he has not shown enough before. In terms of the concept, each song describes a dream of Smith's that he has realised, some that have turned out positive, others negative. Here's the breakdown:
Cracks In Mr Perfect - 3/5, A very personal and honest R&B track about Smith describing his mistakes in life since becoming famous saying 'its like I become more of an idiot, with every million I get'
Lazy Love - 4/5, terrific slow ballad about being addicted to casual sex when he has work commitments - fabulous backing tones that are reminiscent of MJ.
Let Me Love You - 5/5, We have all heard this one by now, great dancey pop track about Smith giving a girl a chance that has never been in love before, if she'll just open up and put her problems to one side.
Miss Right - 4/5, nice mid-speed R&B feel-good song about Smith finding 'the right one' when he least expected it and had given up hope.
Jealous - 5/5, lovely feel-good song about feeling obsessively jealous about everything a girl does in a relationship right down to the 'sun that touches her skin on a sunday afternoon'.
Don't Make Em Like You - 5/5, great hip-hop style track with catchy chorus, with Smith describing what makes a particular girl he has spotted unique.
Be The One - 5/5, real nice dancy but emotional track about him justifying why he feels he should be given a chance by a girl he likes, when she already has a boyfriend that is undeserving of her.Read more ›
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received today a really great album this brilliant my favourite being let me love you ! my fave song great album includes a nice poster which is up on my bedroom wall now .Published 8 months ago by reviews reviews reviews !!!
Bought this CD in used condition for a fraction of the normal price. It arrived in perfect condition. Absolutely loving it.. Neyo continues to get better and better. Read morePublished on 18 Oct. 2013 by laurie
My Daughter-in-law loves this album. I bought it for her as a Christmas present. I have not heard it myself but I am sure it is a great buy!!Published on 11 Aug. 2013 by A. D. Roberts