- Audio CD (30 April 2007)
- Number of Discs: 1
- Label: Virgin EMI
- ASIN: B000PAAIBQ
- Other Editions: Audio CD | Vinyl | MP3 Download
- Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars See all reviews (22 customer reviews)
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 44,933 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)
Because Of You
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A follow on to his multi-million selling debut album In My Own Words (including the hits So Sick and Sexy Love.
Last year, Ne-Yo also proved himself a masterful songwriter penning such gems as Rihanna's top-ten hit "Unfaithful" and co-writing Beyonce's instant classic "Irreplaceable." That track was on the Billboard Hot 100 number-one single for ten weeks. And all this on top of having written Mario's Let Me Love You - a UK #1 for five weeks...
Kelly Clarkson, kindly step aside: the title "Because of You" now belongs to Ne-Yo, who has done things with it no one with a pair of hands to clap will soon forget. And not just on the phenomenally appealing first single. Throughout Because of You, the sophomore disc by the songwriter responsible for such monster hits as Beyoncé's "Irreplaceable" and Rihanna's "Unfaithful," a flutter-voiced fluidity--the kind seldom heard since Michael Jackson's Off the Wall days--reigns. Jay-Z makes room to let it rip on "Crazy," and Jennifer Hudson wraps herself around it with restraint on "Leaving Tonight," a lovers' quarrel that could hold its own against anything Marilyn McCoo & Billy David Jr. cared to toss off in their heyday. If it's MJ who's lingered in Ne-Yo's ear longest, Prince hasn't gone silent, either: echoes poke up on the far-out "Sex with My Ex." Elsewhere, shades of contemporaries such as Nelly and Diddy show through. Overall, though, Ne-Yo's flammable hooks, flirty vibe, and flawless vocals reveal an R&B genius in the making. If the talent bar for up-and-comers is set impossibly high in the coming years, chances are it will be all because of him. --Tammy La Gorce
Top Customer Reviews
This one nearly slipped by me truth be told.
It was a chance hearing of Rihanna's duet (Hate That I Love You)
with this young man which made me sit up and take notice.
'Because Of You' is a joyous little masterclass in what it
remains possible to create within R&B's parameters when a great
young singer-songwriter joins hands with a world-class production team.
Mr Smith and The Carter Administration have every reason to be proud.
The thirteen songs delivered here add up to an almost flawless
lexicon of genre-defining beauty.
Hard to direct you towards highlights with such rich pickings on offer.
Opener 'Because Of You' is a loose-limbed, cute-as-could-be winner.
Killer melody. Killer hook. Killer vocal. Killer harmonies. Got that?!
'Crazy', a limpid, sassy stroll through more strong melodic territory,
neither helped nor hindered by Mr Jay-Z's presence.
The out of kilter pizzicato synth is an absolute hoot !
'Can We Chill', another superb song which had me thinking about Little Stevie.
Mr Smith's high, flexible tenor and juicy falsetto is a rare
and wonderful instrument.
'Do You', brought Mr Wonder to mind once more but trust me that's
no bad thing !
'Addicted', a loping, harder-edged number whose punchy brass arrangement
steers our hero into a somewhat darker landscape.
'Leaving Tonight' brings Mr Smith and Ms Hudson together in a perfect
example of what a great duet can be with ingredients as highly charged
as these. Two wonderful voices. One terrific song. Ecstatic.Read more ›
Prepare a nice meal, get your special someone a glass of wine and watch them melt to the sound of this young mans music.
I would only advise buying this album if you are like myself, a big fan of Ne-Yo's music. Otherwise, probs better to stick to the singles- some of which are not even on this CD.
Because of you
Can we chill
Ain't thinking bout you
Sex with my ex
Make it work
Go on girl
As you can see most of the songs i like apart from that's what it does. I do really like this album but it is missing a certain something. I can't wait 4 his new album year of the gentleman,i think this album is going to be his best yet. I also felt the same with rihanna's albums, her first album was great but her second one wasn't as good, but her third one was her best. I still feel you need this album in your record collection.
Here's hoping the next album is another hit - as for definiate I will be buying it regardless.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
This is a great album and one to by,I play this album all the time at home and now at work.Published on 9 Sept. 2013 by nathan painton
So so glad that I have the opportunity to still purchase a lot of ne-yos older work on cd xPublished on 28 May 2013 by Mary Rawlings
its neyo whats more to say...he is totally one of a kind ... amazing listern to it you wont be disappointedPublished on 27 Dec. 2012 by susan