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Because I Love It [Import]

AmerieAudio CD
4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (55 customer reviews)

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While it is often said that “all is fair in love and war,” not much is mentioned about the place where the two intersect. With her fourth album, In Love & War, superstar Amerie proves she has survived the twisted road to that inevitable collision and lived to sing about it.
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  • Audio CD (May 21, 2007)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Import
  • Label: Sony/BMG/Columbia
  • ASIN: B000P0JQ1E
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (55 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #74,001 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

1. Forecast Intro
2. Hate2loveu
3. Some Like It
4. Make Me Believe
5. Take Control
6. Gotta Work
7. Crush
8. Crazy Wonderful
9. That's What U R
10. When Loving U Was Easy
11. Paint Me Over
12. Somebody Up There
13. All Roads
14. 1 Thing (Bonus Track)
15. Losing U (Bonus Track)

Editorial Reviews

UK edition of the 2007 album from the R&B star includes two bonus tracks: '1 Thing' and 'Losing U'. As a whole, Because I Love It, Amerie's third album, unapologetically falls into no particular box. There are many elements ('70s soul, '80s New Wave, Hip Hop, live instrumentation), yet the sound is remarkably consistent throughout and makes complete sense. Although the musical inspiration is broad, the arrangement of the material is signature Amerie: strong, aggressive vocals, beautiful melodies, and lush harmonies. Sony/BMG. 2007.

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15 of 16 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Wow! I love it. May 26, 2007
Format:Audio CD|Verified Purchase
I have loved Amerie since she came out. I loved her first two albums. So when I heard that she was working on a third one, I was so excited. That was about a year ago. The amazing, innovative "Some Like It" was intended to be the first single. In an unfortunate twist of events, Amerie decided to not release it because other females were beginning to talk in their songs also, and she didn't want to be seen as just a follower again. (First off, I think that was a bad decision. The song could've had a huge impact and is nothing like anything out there. Plus, the whole reputation of being a copy-cat is a mistake. Amerie actually recorded "1 Thing" before "Crazy In Love" even came to frution. But I digress...)

So she releases "Take Control" instead. Catchy song? Yes, but it's just too much like her other works. So that single came and went without any airplay or success and us fans are left wondering what's going to happen next. A few months later, the inspirational "Gotta Work" leaks onto the internet and there is hope. I wait and wait and finally there is news of the new album... but not in the US. It figures. This kind of stuff always happens. I see that this album is coming out everywhere else in the world, except for the United States, in May. I get worried. Based on previous tendencies of the American recording industry, I begin to think that this may never see the light of day in my country. And if it ever does (it's supposed to come out in July) the track list will be extremely altered. So I decided that as soon as this came out, I would buy the import. I am so glad I did.

I love this album from start to finish. It is energetic, fun... wonderful.
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9 of 10 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Because I Love It June 4, 2007
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I have thoroughly enjoyed reading the reviews of this album because I, too am a huge Amerie fan and highly anticipated getting this, her third offering. I grew up in a family that truly loved & exposed me to many different genres of music especially the funksters like Rick James, Lakeside, Confunshun, Prince, The Isley Brothers, The Brothers Johnson, and on and on and on. These artists' music featured horns, drums, guitars, harps, strings - you name the instrument and they probably had them on a track.

This is what I love about Amerie's music and this album in particular - as we all know by now, her single '1 Thing' was "pushed back" by the label so that another artist could steal the thunder of stepping out first with the go-go beats but this didn't stop Amerie from gaining widespread exposure with the track; unfortunately not enough people supported her 2nd album to make it the breakthrough "hit" that she so richly deserves. I've said this before in other reviews but it is really a shame that artists like Amerie, Kelis, Joi and even Mya, Ashanti, etc take true risks with their music yet are ignored by the masses while the same christened few trot out recycled music that receives undeserved accolades.

I honestly haven't stopped listening to this disc since I got it last week - the lead off single, 'TAKE CONTROL' mesmerized me and I was really puzzled as to why it did't take off in the US - it's got a great beat, musical production and Amerie sounds as sassy as usual but it just didn't capture attention.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars AMERIE, WHAT'S IN YOUR FUTURE? June 10, 2008
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It is apparent that Amerie worked very hard on this cd and pushed herself beyond her previous efforts!! It's unfortunate that this cd was released in Europe only...because of someone else! But the stupid move by the record company will cause her to be an international star as it seems she will be if her management is paying attention. Anyway this is my first Amerie cd and there are some songs I could do without but there are some songs she nails over and over again! She put in work!!!!
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful
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Without a doubt, R&B singer / songwriter / actress Amerie is one of the most underrated individuals in R&B. Despite 2 hit singles (the jazzy ballad "Why Don't We Fall In Love" and the irresistible summer classic "1 Thing") and 2 Gold albums (the critically underwhelming "All I Have" & the brilliant "Touch"), she seems to have remained relatively low-key when she should've met at least three quarters of Beyonce's success after the underrated Crunk'n'B single "Touch" came out. Well, thankfully, she's back with that sweet, smooth, soulful voice of hers and her growing songwriting skills on "Because I Love It", easily her best effort yet.

While there's not exactly anything on the level of "1 Thing" (which is featured here as a bonus track), there's definitely plenty of A-plus material on the album. As a matter of fact, a handful of songs are reminiscent of that same song and it's producer, Rich Harrison (who, for better or worse, doesn't appear anywhere on the album) - once the horn-driven "Forecast (Intro)", in which she soulfully declares "The rain keeps on falling" and "I know the sun will come out!" (amongst other things), concludes, R&B / Soul / Funk gem "Hate2LoveU" arrives with a smooth horn intro, right before getting down to business. Structurally, "Hate2LoveU" is as close as Amerie gets to "1 Thing" - hard-hitting drums roll beneath stabs of horn bursts and well-placed keyboard sweeps, providing a killer groove for Amerie to, in flamboyant "1 Thing" fashion, let loose her vocals as she professes contradictory emotions (you know, love, addiction, etc. - think Letoya's "Torn" as a funky club banger).

The song sounds great, but she has, surprisingly, got plenty of far better material on display here.
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5.0 out of 5 stars The incredible Amerie
I've always wanted this CD. I'm a Amerie fan and was disappointed when this CD wasn't released in the US. I'm glad Amazon has a copy for me to purchase. Read more
Published 1 day ago by Shanon
5.0 out of 5 stars great seller whack cd
Product came expediently just wish I wouldn't have paid for it...the cd isnt as good as I expected at all
Published 4 months ago by myke bussey
5.0 out of 5 stars AMERIE
Published 6 months ago by Brandon England
5.0 out of 5 stars Great
I'm in love with this woman! So anything she does I support. But this album is excellent! Great songs and a great vibe...
Published 11 months ago by C. Rogers
3.0 out of 5 stars Could have been better
I love Amerie's music... but I was a little disappointed with this CD. There are some great songs such as "Paint Me Over", "Hate To Love You", and "That's What... Read more
Published 13 months ago by Shoe Diva
5.0 out of 5 stars 5 Stars Because I Love It!!
Unfortunately, Amerie has gotten lumped in with the cookie-cutter R&B divas of the early 2000s, and this comparison does her no favors. Read more
Published 14 months ago by CC
4.0 out of 5 stars Cd
I have been looking for a particular song on this cd and I am happy to say that I finally found it.
Published 16 months ago by April
5.0 out of 5 stars One of Amerie's Best albums!!1
Amerie first appeared in 2003 and since then has released a few albums but none compare to her sophomore album except this one B.I.L.U. Read more
Published 17 months ago by Kaori
4.0 out of 5 stars SO UNDER RATED..
Published 20 months ago by Sheena
5.0 out of 5 stars Love
This cd is awesome! She really shows some depth and versatility as an artist. "Somebody up there" is an amazing track....
Published 20 months ago by Elisabeth Budd
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