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Beginning with the release of his platinum debut In My Own Words in 2006 . to penning such gems as Rihanna's top-ten hit Unfaithful and co-writing Beyonce's instant classic Irreplaceable, which stayed on the Billboard Hot 100 number-one single for ten weeks . to co starring Stomp the Yard, the #1 film at the box office for two weeks in a row Ne-Yo's success story is that of a fairytale. Though last year was merely the launch of his musical journey, Ne-Yo's success was a gleaming achievement in the Def Jam crown. In addition to winning the prestigious Male R&B/Hip-Hop Artist of the Year award at the 2006 Billboard Awards (where he was also nominated in three other categories, including Male Artist of the Year, New Artist of the Year, and R&B/Hip-Hop Single of the Year for So Sick, his premiere single), he was nominated for two Grammy's: Best Male R&B Vocal Performance for his chart-topping hit So Sick and Best Contemporary R&B Album. With the release of Ne-Yo's sophomore disc Know Me on April 24th, the talented performer is ready to reveal his stellar growth as a songwriter, his maturity as a man and his prowess as a performer. Listening to the first single, Because Of You one can hear a soulful purity that has been absent from R&B for some time. The up tempo Because of You has been racing up the urban, rhythm, and pop charts and is destined for the break the records that Ne-Yo has already set. As a testament to how far Ne-Yo has been and where he wants to go, his upcoming album is a masterful excursion through the heart and mind of America's latest soul boy wonder.

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

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  • Audio CD (May 1, 2007)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Def Soul
  • ASIN: B000NVL4EW
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (97 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #13,417 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful By E. Davidson on May 2, 2007
Format: Audio CD
I am a Ne-Yo fan. Though I wouldn't argue that he is the most original artist out there, I will say that his songwriting is what sets him apart from any other R&B artist. With the mind-numbing "music" that is out there today, it's refreshing to remember that a song is not just about a hot beat but the actual lyrics.

With that said this album is overall disappointing. The single "Because of You" is a banger but when I initially heard it, I felt that it was a remix of some of his previous tracks. Jay-Z's rap on "Crazy" is completely gratuitous and does nothing but detract from an already mediocre song. The placement of the tracks is also peculiar as someone else pointed out as some of the best songs are placed in the middle or towards the end. (Note: A solid album doesn't really need to concentrate on placement b/c each track is so outstanding.) On the "Sex with My Ex" he is clearly channeling Prince (his idol) and on "Angel" he sounds like Michael Jackson (his other idol). Despite his blatant unoriginality, I still think the songs are good though I wouldn't arue with someone if they thought they were garbage.

The standout tracks are definitely "Leaving Tonight" with Jennifer Hudson, "Say It" which is my favorite song, and "Go On". Though I must say that "Go On" production sounds far too similar to Beyonce's "Irreplaceable" which we all know Ne-Yo wrote.

Overall, it's worth the $9.99, he'll most likely go platinum many times over, and as another writer mentioned, I hope he really brings it on his third album.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Dezire on May 7, 2007
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Ne-Yo coming back with his sophomore album "Because of You" in my opinion was a rushed album. If he would've took more time with the album, it would've probably came out stellar just like his debut. The album isn't terrible, but you do hear a lot of Prince-influenced vocals on "Addicted" and another track and that was disappointed because we all know that Ne-yo is original and some of that was missing from the album. The album was consistent enough with good tracks, you have to skip around to find them but he'll still pull in his numbers. 3 1/2 Stars...

Standout tracks: "Because of You", "Do You","Leaving Tonight feat. J-Hud, "Work It Out"
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10 of 12 people found the following review helpful By Josephll on May 1, 2007
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Ne-Yo (Shaffer Snith) has been writing songs for other artists since his teens but it wasn't til last year that he finally got some recognition for his work and the chance to record his own album and go from a songwriter in the backround to a singer in the spotlight. Ne-Yo's debut album "In My Own Words" was brilliant, and also one of the best R&B albums of last year. The single "So Sick" also turned out to be a success, topping both the Billboard and Uk charts, but also "Sexy Love" was a top 10 hit. Ne-Yo also wrote the Mario's superhit "Let Me Love You, Rihanna's "Unfaithful" Paula De Anda's "Walk Away", Mario Vasquez "Gallery" and Beyonce's massive #1 hit "Irreplaceable" and rumours say that he's curently working on material for Michael Jackson's new album. Needless to say, Ne-Yo is one of the most talented songwriters around and has proved that he's more then competent as an recording artist on his own. The expectations for his sopmore album are sky high, as good as his debut was, we know he can make an masterpiece, so the question is, how good is it?

Sophmore album is titled "Because of You" and is dedicated to his fans (Myself included I suppose), regardless of alot of rumours there aren't many guest artists included here, Only Jay-Z who briefly introduce one song and then a duet with Jennifer Hudson, but other then that Ne-Yo handles all the singing himself. Just like his debut, Norwegian duo Stargate produce most of the music while Ne-Yo writes his own lyrics ofcourse. Why change something that ain't broken?. Not too surpringing either the main themes here are, love, relationships, cheating, ex-girlfriends and late night hookups and as always the lyrics are magnificently written and alters the album to a very high level.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Enriq Ougo on May 7, 2007
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I loved Ne-Yo's first album in fact I agree with users who say it was the R&B album of the year. But now that NeYo has become a household name and put on a level of lyrically savante, I guess the expectations have risen. The second album is no where near as repeat worthy as the first so far for me. Yes it has safe classic R&B rehash of Micheal Jackson like beats but excitement wise its lacking. "Because of you" is catchy and will play in your head over and over and even the Jennifer Hudson duet is likely to be in the rotation of quiet storm radio djs, but the entire feel of the album is not memorable- and only works with a late night groove session after a few drinks and someone else to pay attention to.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By CrazyWhacko_88 on May 19, 2007
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Superstar R&B singer / songwriter / actor Ne_Yo has got mad talent - his vocals are strong, smooth and soulful, his songwriting game is sharp, his résumé is more than impressive and he's got enough personality and swagger to make his music more distinctive. So with all these qualities, as well as a brilliant Platinum-selling album ("In My Own Words") and an emotionally rendering U.S. #1 smash hit ("So Sick") to his name, amongst other things ("Sexy Love & "When You're Mad" were also hits in the U.S.), it's disappointing to say that his sophomore album, "Because Of You", fails to completely match up to "In My Own Words". In comparison to "In My Own Words", which was mostly a smooth, mid-tempo type of album, "Because Of You" is a lot more engaging, ambitious and creative, but there are several things that bug me about it.

Firstly, there's nothing on the level of "So Sick". Understandably, there are several artists who have failed to match and/or surpass their signature hits (Amerie, Beyonce, Mario Barrett, Christina Milian, etc.), but this is Ne-Yo we're talking about - as an overall person, he's much more of a complete package than the artists I just referenced (well, it might vary with Beyonce, but you get what I mean) (though I think they're all great). It's just my personal opinion. And said-to-be second single/"So Sick" sequel "Do You", as beautifully arranged and emotionally sung as it is, is great on its own accord, but doesn't match up to "So Sick".

What I dislike most about this album, though, is how Ne-Yo constantly contradicts himself. I'm usually OK with this when it comes to rookies, concept artists (Gnarls Barkley) or artists with little to no personality altogether (Christina Milian), but in Ne-Yo's case, it's personally discomforting.
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Do you think Ne-Yo fell for a sophomore slump this time around?
this album wasnt that great only two tracks out of the whole cd was goo. can we chill and track 1 were goo it had that party vibe beat. Other then that this cd isnt worth buying I brought the bootleg two fro five. Everyone save their money and stick with his first album which was better. bring... Read More
May 19, 2007 by flygal2k |  See all 2 posts
This sucks, if you want to make an additional album at home, fine(his import album has 13,14, and 15 I believe)...but cop the album first. Ne-yo fans gotta show love!!!
May 16, 2007 by Veronica J. Davis |  See all 3 posts
Where's Usher?
Those rumours turned out to be false. Only Jay-Z and Jennifer Hudson appear.
Apr 24, 2007 by Josephll |  See all 5 posts
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