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Year Of The Gentleman [Collector's Edition]

Ne-Yo Audio CD
4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (56 customer reviews)
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Three-time Grammy Award®-winning artist Ne-Yo was explaining the genesis of his new album title, R.E.D., an acronym for Realizing Every Dream. “It came from me stepping outside myself, looking at my life as it is today and realizing that every dream I’ve had from the day I decided I wanted to do music, that I wanted my life to be about music, every dream that I’ve had ... Read more in Amazon's Ne-Yo Store

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  • Audio CD (15 Sep 2008)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Collector's Edition
  • Label: Virgin EMI
  • ASIN: B001AI92MI
  • Other Editions: MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (56 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 6,408 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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Listen  1. Closer (Album Version) 3:540.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  2. Nobody (Album Version) 3:070.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  3. Single (Album Version) 4:170.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  4. Mad (Album Version) 4:140.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  5. Miss Independent (Album Version) 3:520.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  6. Why Does She Stay (Album Version) 4:330.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  7. Fade Into The Background (Album Version) 3:180.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  8. So You Can Cry (Album Version) 4:180.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  9. Part Of The List (Album Version) 4:090.99  Buy MP3 
Listen10. Back To What You Know (Album Version) 4:100.99  Buy MP3 
Listen11. Lie To Me (Album Version) 4:270.99  Buy MP3 
Listen12. Stop This World (Album Version) 4:230.99  Buy MP3 
Listen13. What's The Matter (Album Version) 3:460.99  Buy MP3 

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If the mark of the skilful Lothario is the one who knows to always tell his lover what she wants to hear, surely Def Jam’s R&B sensation Ne-Yo--aka Los Angeles singer-songwriter Shaffer Chimere Smith--is one of the greatest of them all. On third album Year of the Gentleman, Chimere channels his hitmaking talents into a suite of R&B songs that more respectful than rampant in their approach to the romancing. "Single" is a song that reaches out to all the lonely girls, Ne-Yo promising "I'll be your boyfriend til the song goes off", while the Stargate-produced "Miss Independent", lit up by neon synthesisers, suggests Smith isn't too concerned with his own machismo to test out flipping the traditional gender roles, serenading a girl who's a player in her own right: "Everything she got, you bet she bought it". The album is at its best with the central, two-song movement of "Why Does She Stay" and "Fade Into the Background"--the former, Ne-Yo questioning his own neglectful nature over a backdrop of shimmering keys, the latter a sombre piece that finds our narrator accepting the news his lover has found another with a rare, heart-rending magnanimity. --Louis Pattison

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1. Closer
2. Nobody
3. Single
4. Mad
5. Miss Independent
6. Why Does She Stay
7. Fade Into The Background
8. So You Can Cry
9. Part Of The List
10. Back To What You Know
11. Lie To Me
12. Stop This World
13. What's The Matter

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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great CD! 8 Oct 2011
Format:Audio CD|Verified Purchase
I have to admit, being aged 50+, I had never heard of Ne-Yo. I heard the first song on this CD, Closer, sung by a live singer in a pub. I absolutely fell in love with this song. The singer sung it again at my request. The next day I did a search on 'youtube' for Closer. I found it and so then I knew it was sung by Ne-Yo. I decided to buy this CD just so that I would have this one track even though I did not know any of the other tracks. I was prepared not to like the rest of it. How wrong I was! It is currently my favourite CD, the one I always put on first. I would say it sounds (to me) like a mix of Stevie Wonder, Blue and Craig David. Very pleasant, catchy and easy listening. I would recommend this CD. I'm so pleased I found it.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Super cool! 28 Jan 2010
Format:MP3 Download
Great album! I think he sounds like a modern Michael Jackson. Love it!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Wonderful Album From A True Gentleman! 31 May 2009
By Scots Lass TOP 1000 REVIEWER
Format:Audio CD
I must be at the age when I roll my eyes if I see a "parental guidance" sticker on a CD cover - and they are becoming more and more common. So how truly refreshing to find a beautiful album of fresh songs from a young man who celebrates the ladies in his life - no "bitches" or "ho's" on THIS album.

Not to say that this is nothing but romantic ballads! The women in Ne-yo's life have trials and tribulations to contend with. "Single" tells of the woman let down by her boyfriend but going out to a club anyway. "Miss Independent" is a modern young woman who knows what she wants, and where she is going. "Why Does She Stay?" has the man wondering how his woman can live with a man who does little round the house whereas the touching "Fade Into the Background" tells of watching a former lover get married and attending the reception - and realising you should not have let them go. "Mad" reminds us of the importance of kissing and making up after a row.

Every track is stunning and this is definately an album that will be played again and again - with fresh pleasure discovered at every listen.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Best album I have heard in a long while. 30 Oct 2008
Format:Audio CD
Just bought this album on the weekend and have not stopped listening to it since. For me it is a natural progression from the last album. Other reviewers have complained of the likeness to Micheal Jackson. Yes, there is a hint of Michael Jackson in there but that's not a bad thing. Think Jacko in his heyday of Thriller or Bad and you will get the idea. Anyway, I personally think that Prince is more of an influence to Ne-yo's singing style than anyone else.

This album really is Ne-yo's best work. Its a combination of smooth R'n'B and pop. It is a very slick album - top notch production and writing. My favourite tracks are Closer , Part of the list, Stop this world and Single. In fact, the only track that hasn't hooked me is Nobody. As an album the mix of R'n'B ballads, like "Part of the List", and more uptempo beats, like "Single", really works. It's the kind of album you can listen to all the way through without reaching for the skip button.

My advice is, if you are into R'n'B then go for it and buy this album.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Here's to the year of the gentleman! 5 Mar 2009
Format:Audio CD
This is the first album by Ne-Yo that I have bought. My mind was made up after hearing "Closer" and "Miss Independent". So, although it was a bit of a risk having only heard two tracks, I am glad to say that my risk has paid off.
"Closer" opens the album, instantly drawing you in. The song is catchy and also classy.
"Mad", another recent single, is a beautiful ballady style song about not wanting to go to bed straight after an argument.
Other notable tracks include "Fade into the Background", "Single", "Miss Independent" (obviously) and "Lie to Me".
What I love about this album, and this may make me sound a bit like a prude, is that Ne-Yo does not need to resort to overtly sexual material or swearing in order to make good music. He has a lovely smooth voice which makes you believe in the sentiment that he is a gentleman. And, although like all girls I like a bit of rough at times, there are also times when you want someone a little more sensitive. Ne-Yo fits that bill!
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5.0 out of 5 stars The bad bo of R and B is back 28 Oct 2008
Format:Audio CD
This album is immense, forget the singles you have heard and the mans image, the album tracks. The album is mostly made up of songs that Ne-Yo has been making with his mate usher and wycliffe from the refugees who is his dad. Track one tells of Ne-Yo's recent trouble with gambling addiction and O.C.D. that ended his relationship with Grace Jones. The last song is a fitting tribute to puff daddy who has recently been diagnosed with Chrome's disease.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars absolutely amazing! 16 April 2009
Format:Audio CD
totally recommend this album - all the songs are brilliant. I have listened to it every day since I bought it.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Classic 2 April 2009
Format:Audio CD
I bought the CD after reading peoples review of it, if ur planning to buy this CD do go for it it gives different kind of tempo if u hear one u dnt like press next when ever lm in my car l listen to number 1 skip 2 and frm 3 it takes me to a level that l love while driving

It is a good collection of easy listenning and fast tempo music TYC take ur choice its ur money and ur CD u can rew or ff if u want u decide.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars There are some excellent songs on this album
There are some excellent songs on this album. Most of them are slow. The quality is excellent as well as the product coming on time
Published 13 days ago by Leena Patel
5.0 out of 5 stars Brilliant
So clever and innovative !! I have been adding to my back catalogue and this was a CD I always meant to buy - it did not disappoint. SUPERB !!!
Published 3 months ago by Ian Alexander
5.0 out of 5 stars Ne-Yo
Great delivery and CD was in perfect condition! I enjoy Ne-yo's music anyway so I will definitely be ordering more of the same artist's music
Published 6 months ago by Lynnette Khumalo
5.0 out of 5 stars Fabulous album
Great smooth vocals and Michael Jackson influences in places as others have mentioned. There's no duff tracks on there in my opinion and actually I would say this is still his best... Read more
Published 7 months ago by David Hawker
5.0 out of 5 stars great album- great price
his best album by far! arrived quickly and in good condition. price was incredible and is ideal for a cheap cd for my car
Published 9 months ago by kerry bestow
3.0 out of 5 stars Not bad
This is better than "In My Own Words" but I'm finding that the only songs I really like from Ne-yo's albums are the ones he's released as singles with one or two... Read more
Published 20 months ago by Donna Peary
5.0 out of 5 stars Great
Got this cd for a present for my boyfriend and he loves it. I think i listen to it more than him. Would recommend.
Published 22 months ago by Carly
4.0 out of 5 stars Great album
Excellent album,love listening to his music although this is the first album of his i have bought. About to purchase more!
Published 23 months ago by Infraredlegs
4.0 out of 5 stars Great Album
You can't deny that he's a brilliant singer song writer and this album proves it. Close is easily my pick of this album but there a quite a few classic r&b songs all the way... Read more
Published 24 months ago by ANML
5.0 out of 5 stars Neyo voice of an angel
I was very happy with the reliable service, the package arrived safe and in good condition, within a few days of ordering it, great value for money. Read more
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