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Year of the Gentleman (Special Edition) (Incl. Bonus Tracks + Bonus DVD) Import

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Editorial Reviews

Korean only special edition features four bonus tracks on the audio disc, What's The Matter, She Got Her Own (Feat. Jamie Foxx & Fabolous), Closer [Stonebridge Club Remix] and Miss Independent - Instrumental. Also included is a bonus DVD (NTSC/Region 0) that features nine of his music videos, Closer, Miss Independent, She Got Her Own Feat. Jamie Foxx, & Fabolous, Because Of You, Do You, Can We Chill, Go On Girl, So Sick and Sexy Love. Universal. 2009.

Track Listings

Disc: 1

  1. Closer
  2. Nobody
  3. Single
  4. Mad
  5. Miss Independent
  6. Why Does She Stay
  7. Fade Into The Background
  8. So You Can Cry
  9. Part Of The List
  10. Back To What You Know
  11. Lie To Me
  12. Stop This World
  13. What's The Matter (Bonus Track)
  14. She Got Her Own (Feat. Jamie Foxx & Fabolous) (Bonus Track)
  15. Closer [Stonebridge Club Remix] (Bonus Track)
  16. Miss Independent - Instrumental (Bonus Track)

Disc: 2

  1. Closer (Music Video)
  2. Miss Independent (Music Video)
  3. She Got Her Own Feat. Jamie Foxx & Fabolous (Music Video)
  4. Because Of You (Music Video)
  5. Do You (Music Video)
  6. Can We Chill (Music Video)
  7. Go On Girl (Music Video)
  8. So Sick (Music Video)
  9. Sexy Love (Music Video)

Product Details

  • Audio CD (March 10, 2009)
  • Number of Discs: 2
  • Format: Import
  • Label: 101 DISTRIBUTION
  • ASIN: B001T6KMM0
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (171 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #680,663 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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I was introduced to Ne-Yo when I heard the track "Stay", which features the artist formerly known as Peedi Crakk. The song got my attention but I needed to hear more tracks before I decided to invest in Ne-Yo's project. Once "So Sick" was released to radio, I knew that I would invest in it.

Ne-Yo was singing the blues about not being with the woman that he still loves and the midtempo track was in heavy rotation on the radio stations.
Ne-Yo released his debut CD, In My Own Words, in 2006.
My favorite tracks ended up being "Let Me Get This Right", "Get Down Like That", "Mirror", "Time" and "Let Go".

Ne-Yo released Because Of You a year later. The title track gave the CD alot of attention and the midtempo jam "Do You" didn't hurt things either. I also liked the alternate version of "Do You" that featured Mary J. Blige. My other favorites from the CD included "Can We Chill", "Say It", "Angel" and "Crazy" w/Jay-Z.

I saw Ne-Yo in concert earlier this year with Alicia Keys and Jordin
Sparks. I was anxious to see whether or not he would perform any songs from his upcoming album. He began the concert with "Closer" but I was disappointed that he didn't atleast give us a preview of what to expect.

After listening to this CD, I understand why he kept us in suspense and I am definitely satisfied with the final product. The 1st single "Closer" is unlike any song that Ne-Yo has made so far in his career. The track has tremendous energy and it comes across as an urban house song that you will be doing any kind of 2 step to even 20 years from now.
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I wasn't too sure I would pick up this album until the day of release. After hearing Closer all the time which is a cool lead-off single and seeing him in concert opening for Alicia Keys a while back, he grabbed some of my focus back. But all of it was kind of offset by the numerous delays and pushbacks in the CD release dates. And Ne-Yo can get a little too raunchy for my taste at times though he definitely is a heck of a songwriter, talent and musician. I finally went ahead and bought Year of the Gentleman and was pleasantly surprised. The CD did stick to Ne-Yo's claim that he would switch it up with how the urban R&B sound was the same in the overall scheme. And it is definitely nice to see and most certainly hear.

Ne-Yo has to undoubtly be one of the best songwriters in the business. This has been under no question for years as he has wrote songs/hits for numerous stars. He shows that fully in my view on this album as he gets more into what makes a woman sexy other than using her body, what a woman can be feeling at times and tending to that, and issues that may come up in a relationship. You really didn't get the sex, bump-n-grind verses that may have come in Ne-Yo's music in the past and that you really hear a lot of in R&B today. I mean there is nothing wrong with music laced with sex and club-banging music, but it can wear out very easily if done too much. He displays that in several songs on here, if not the entire album. His way of speaking kept it very classy, much as the gentleman he tries to portray. The production and the beats are different as well. There were different instruments and methods used all over the CD to give it a different feel.
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One of the few R&B stars to emerge in the last few years to sound more like an authentic talent than a record company puppet, singer/songwriter Ne-Yo affirms his stardom on killer third studio LP "Year of the Gentleman." A classy affair throughout, the fast-moving album packs a dozen quality songs, at least half of which could make solid radio hits, with Ne-Yo's warm, velvety vocals leading the way. He is a smart songwriter fully aware of the type of material that suits his limited but solid, expressive range, enabling him to craft catchy, elegant musical rapture consistently and heartily.

Ne-Yo has explained the album title by proclaiming it as his aim to evoke memories of a different time - a time when it was imperative to walk out the front door always looking your best - to look the part of the gentleman. Most importantly, he sings as well as looks the part on the glossy album cover, whether he does it through romantic paeans such as "Why Does She Stay?" or situational pieces such as "Mad," where he refuses to go to bed with his love muffin until their argument is over and they've kissed and made up. Yes, Ne-Yo may be aiming for the title of Mister Cornball, but darn if he doesn't churn out some downright listenable stuff.

The seductive, hook-drenched "Nobody" is every bit as impressive as effervescent lead single "Closer," one of the strongest Top 10 pop hits of the year. The bouncy "Single" twists and bends with sticky-as-Christmas tree sentiments that ably blend in with the album's context, as does second single "Miss Independent." A sexy, endlessly-playable pledge of allegiance to powerful women, it is already firmly situated in the Top 40 and bound to go even further than "Closer.
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