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Far much better than Libra Scale
on 17 November 2012
Ne-Yo returns with a far much better record than its 2010 predecessor, Libra Scale. The album contains a strangely healthy balance of R&B and a David Guetta-ish Europop sound. Production-wise, he enlisted Shea Taylor for most of the work and once again hooked up with his long-time collaborators - Stargate, who manage to lend their hand on three tracks including the radio-friendly `Forever Now', and `Miss Right'. However, the latter's sound leaves you feeling like you've listened to a hushed-up version of 2006's So Sick - I felt a bit short-changed here!
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.