Because I Love It

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All Music Guide - Andy Kellman
A pair of Top Ten albums and Top Ten R&B singles to match. You'd think Amerie's path would be without obstacles going forward, but album number three -- this one -- was left unreleased in the States. In other territories, where it was released, it was left to rot. It's a shame; the album is loaded. The amicable and possibly temporary split between Amerie and her primary producer, Rich Harrison, might've been a cause for some concern, but this set of songs is altogether more colorful and varied than both All I Have and Touch. It's almost excessively generous, provided you are able to keep up and absorb a set of songs that, sequentially, is of exceptionally distinct ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Andy Kellman
A pair of Top Ten albums and Top Ten R&B singles to match. You'd think Amerie's path would be without obstacles going forward, but album number three -- this one -- was left unreleased in the States. In other territories, where it was released, it was left to rot. It's a shame; the album is loaded. The amicable and possibly temporary split between Amerie and her primary producer, Rich Harrison, might've been a cause for some concern, but this set of songs is altogether more colorful and varied than both All I Have and Touch. It's almost excessively generous, provided you are able to keep up and absorb a set of songs that, sequentially, is of exceptionally distinct halves. The all-too-brief intro, the Clutch collaboration "Hate 2 Love U," "Make Me Believe," the Cee-Lo co-production "Take Control," and "Gotta Work" are all restlessly upbeat, dishing out prancing horns sampled and synthetic, tumbling/crashing drum breaks, zipping organs, and other '60s/'70s soul-funk authenticators. Mighty Dog Haynes, Kool & the Gang, Curtis Mayfield, Bob James, and Tom Zé are all part of that mix. Each one of the songs is an energy rush, and it can be overbearing to be confronted by the boundlessly enthusiastic voices of a woman who is thrilled to be making music and isn't afraid to sound like it. That only accounts for the majority of the album's first half. The first half's other two songs, the Malcolm McLaren-sampling "Some Like It" a gooey mess, like a candy-shop paella and "Crush" a late-'80s freestyle throwback, clipped synthetic orchestra hits and all, point the way toward the second half, where there's a lot more breathing room. "Crazy Wonderful" and "That's What U R" are both dream pop through and through; the former could trick those who don't know better into thinking it's a remake of something off SWV's It's About Time, while the latter is one of the better latter-day neo-Neptunes productions. Though a couple ballads are middling, Amerie's efficiency is unwavering, and any of their shortcomings are made forgivable by "Paint Me Over," where her accusations are as stinging as her resignations are disarming. What's most impressive about the album is how Amerie lassoes each song, whether it requires salt, sugar, heartache, delight, or any combination thereof. She is the only female singer on the album, and hearing her backgrounds dance and swim around her leads is as moving as anything else in modern R&B. That a fully opened booklet or CD case displays a sextet of Ameries is perhaps unintentionally emblematic.
Time Out New York
...an urban-pop juggernaut packed with enough diva-making moments to establish Amerie as one of the genre's leading ladies. Jimmy Draper
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 12/15/2007
  • Label: Sony / Bmg Japan
  • EAN: 4547366026016
  • Catalog Number: 1116
  • Sales rank: 325,503

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 Forecast Intro (1:11)
  2. 2 Hate 2 Love U (3:11)
  3. 3 Some Like It (2:56)
  4. 4 Make Me Believe (3:22)
  5. 5 Take Control (3:41)
  6. 6 Gotta Work (3:11)
  7. 7 Crush (3:39)
  8. 8 Crazy Wonderful (3:48)
  9. 9 That's What U R (3:36)
  10. 10 When Loving U Was Easy (3:21)
  11. 11 Paint Me Over (4:12)
  12. 12 Somebody Up There (4:45)
  13. 13 All Roads (3:08)
  14. 14 1 Thing (3:59)
  15. 15 Losing U (3:26)
  16. 16 Take Control - Se7en (3:43)
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
Amerie Primary Artist
Bryant Reid Keyboards
Willy Denzey Guest Appearance
Technical Credits
Curtis Mayfield Arranger, Composer
Michel Legrand Composer
Anne Dudley Composer
Ronald Bell Composer
Alan Bergman Composer
Marilyn Bergman Composer
Isaac Hayes Composer
Willie Hutch Composer
Malcolm McLaren Composer
John Oates Composer
David Porter Composer
Herb Powers Mastering
Lee Nicholson Producer
Loren Hill Composer
Kevin Veney Composer
Erwin Gorostiza Art Direction
Derrick "Mayham" Braxton Composer
Cee Lo Green Arranger, Composer, Producer, Vocal Producer
Sara Allen Composer
Khaled Hadj Brahim Composer
Stanley Walden Composer
Balewa Muhammad Composer
Roosevelt Harrell Composer
Mike Caren Composer, Producer
Scotty Beats Engineer
Quran Goodman Producer
Rich Harrison Arranger, Composer, Producer
Makeda Davis Arranger, Composer
Darryl Hall Composer
Bryan-Michael Cox Producer
Rich Shelton Composer
Curtis Richardson Composer
Lenny "Linen" Nicholson Producer, Executive Producer, Management
Fusako Chubachi Art Direction
Candice Nelson Composer
Chris Paultre Arranger, Composer, Producer
Bob James Composer
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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    every cd she did was dope

    i dont understand why amerie aint major like beyonce .she can sing and dance hello it aint to many girls in the business who can do both.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Because I love Amerie

    Hot,hot,hot album. Foxy superstar Amerie does it again. Giving it a 4 1/2

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