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  • Audio CD (February 28, 2006)
  • Original Release Date: 2006
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Def Jam
  • ASIN: B000CQM4ZQ
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (159 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #991 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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This dynamic entertainer is ready to deliver. Infusing pop melodies to rich, soulful production, the album is sure to score with fans and critics alike. Relying mostly on his own in-house crew Compound,Ne-Yo creates both a unique sound and sentiment for his records. Songs like the first single 'Stay' (featuring Peedi Peedi) exemplify this, as Ne-Yo's nuanced, layered vocals and sample free production. 'So Sick', a beautiful track in which he laments hearing love songs on the radio due to the feelings they conjure, reveals his voice to be clean and almost elated, but rich and weathered at the same time. Def Jam. 2006.


You may not have heard of the name Ne-Yo before, but you've more than likely heard some of his lyrics--specifically, on Mario's massive hit, "Let Me Love You." This talented musician wrote for a number of chart-toppers before the age of 22, penning songs for Mary J. Blige, B2K, and Faith Evans as well. After working for others, Ne-Yo--a.k.a. Shaffer Smith--decided to focus on his own career. Judging by the quality of songs on this debut, his creative well is not running dry anytime soon. The kick-off single, "So Sick" showcases the same tenderness evident in his Mario hit, as does much of this slow-jam heavy CD. Smith also shines on the Michael Jackson-esque "Sign Me Up," giving props to the icon in the chorus by singing "I just wanna rock with you" with beat-fueled bravado. Ne-Yo's songs come from a love of seventies and eighties soul; as a result, his music contains some unique samples, including an O'Jays lick (on the sexy "Get Down Like That," and a Switch snippet (on "It Just Ain’t Right"). Surprisingly, for such a hooked-up songwriter, he has limited the number of guest performers on the disc to just one--rapper Peedi Peedi performs on the disc opener, "Stay." The depth of the final track, "Time," clinches the hunch; In My Own Words is an impressive debut for a seasoned songwriter, likely to make memorable music for years to come. --Denise Sheppard

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It Just Ain't Right- I love this song!
Brok Bunnell
His CD is one of few that you can listen to from start to finish without skipping a track.
Very good lyrics to the songs, and the beats was on point too.

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35 of 36 people found the following review helpful By J. Highsmith on March 20, 2006
Format: Audio CD
I first saw Ne-Yo when I saw his video for the song with Peedi Crakk entitled "Stay". The song was pretty good but since Ne-Yo was a new artist I wasn't sure if I was going to purchase his CD. I don't listen to the radio that often, because of my CD collection, but I had alot of people asking me if I had heard Ne-Yo's song called "So Sick" and I was like no, not yet.

Once I heard the song and saw the video, I knew that I would purchase Ne-Yo's CD. One problem that I thought that Ne-Yo would have was that a song like "So Sick" is so tight that he would have a problem keeping up with that track. Once you listen to "In My Own Words", you will see that isn't the case.

One reason why I like Ne-Yo's CD so much is like reviewer "Charles Hubbert" stated he has a whole bunch of singles on this CD. Some artists' CDs are based on the strength of 2 singles and the rest of the material on their CD clearly doesn't match up to the well known, popular songs.

"Let Me Get This Right" has Ne-Yo talking about a situation where him and this woman are messing with each other with an understanding that they can still do their thing if they need to, however, Ne-Yo seems like he is ready to take the next step and wants to see if this particular woman is ready to take the next step like he is ready to by making this an exclusive relationship. Ne-Yo makes alot of songs that people can relate to when it comes to male/female relations. His current single "So Sick" is also an excellent example of this. If a male says that he can't relate to this song then he must extremely hate r&b music or he is in extreme denial.
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12 of 12 people found the following review helpful By Derrick Dunn on February 28, 2006
Format: Audio CD
Ne-Yo is an amazing song writer He has written songs for, Mary J. Blige, Ruben Studdard, Marques Houston, Faith Evans, Christina Milian, B2K, Nivea, Tyrese, Jamie Foxx and Heather Headley, but he really gained fame after writing Mario's Let Me Love You, with his promising debut In My Own Words;Ne-Yo puts every one from Chris Brown to Omarion to shame. The disc opens up with the lead single Stay feat. Peedi Crack which samples Debarge's Stay With Me, very cleverarly. The second single So Sick is a heart breaking ballad with some very true to life lyrics about a lost love. The thrid single When You're Mad is another winner, basically talking about how your special somebody is the cutest when there upset. Ne-Yo slows it down with the guartneed mix tape favorite Mirror and Sexy Love, and samples Switch on It Just Ain't Right. All in all, Ne-Yo is one to watch in the future and he gives us one of the best debut and best R&B CD's of 2006 thus far.
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15 of 17 people found the following review helpful By Michael Brent Faulkner, Jr. VINE VOICE on March 2, 2006
Format: Audio CD
2006 has been a year filled with strong R&B albums. Ne-Yo's exceptional debut disc doesn't buck the trend. While Ne-Yo's voice doesn't quite have the grit of John Legend or Anthony Hamilton or the polish of Jaheim, he is definitely a credible R&B vocalist. Unlike other contemporary R&B artists, Ne-Yo tends to stay away from dance-pop and "clubby" R&B tracks in favor for more credible, "songwriter's" track. One has to listen no further than the exceptionally sincere "So Sick" to hear the quality of the words that Ne-Yo sings.

Production is also strong throughout the album with very strong drum programming throughout. Also, Ne-yo jacks the same sample that Mary J. Blige uses on her exceptional THE BREAKTHROUGH album ("No One Will Do") for his own hit "Get Down Like That", one of my personal favorites. Among others besides the already mentioned, songs "Stay", Ne-yo's radio bombing single (though it is an exceptional track), "Let Me Get This Right", and "It Just Ain't Right" are the best offered on this exceptional album. Ne-Yo only has a few slight missteps that hold the album back slightly.

The biggest downer about this release is that at times you feel that Ne-Yo is either the slightest bit too smooth or too reserved. However, it is that reserved quality that makes the simplicity of a song such as "So Sick" so effective. 4 stars, easily.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Michael on March 28, 2006
Format: Audio CD
Songwriter Ne-Yo's (a.k.a. Shaffer Smith, he wrote Mario's #1 Grammy-nominated smash, "Let Me Love You") debut CD 'In My Own Words' is definitely one of the best contemporary soul releases of this decade. I enjoyed the 1st single, "Stay," but it was the 2nd single, "So Sick," that I absolutely did not like. After hearing buzz that this CD was the one to have, I went out and purchased it...and I wasn't disappointed. I still enjoy "Stay," and my other favorites here are:

"Sign Me Up"
"When You're Mad"
"It Just Ain't Right"
"I Ain't Gotta Tell You"
"Get Down Like That"

"Get Down Like That" may confuse a lot of listeners if they don't know their music. It's a great song, and its chorus has the exact same tune as "No One Will Do," the opening track from Mary J. Blige's latest amazing release, 'The Breakthrough.' Ne-Yo didn't sample this from Blige; both he & Blige actually used the same O'Jays sample, "I Swear I Love No One But You." Ne-Yo's album does contain a lot of samples, particularly those from the DeBarge family, but that doesn't diminish the quality if this album. Ne-Yo is an terrific songwriter, and a pretty good vocalist. He has a lot of control when he sings, and most importantly, he does oversing the songs like some of his female R&B counterparts (or for that matter, some of his male R&B counterparts). With material like this, Ne-Yo will be around for a long time to come. I definitely recommend this CD if you're an R&B/soul fan like myself.
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