Because of You

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All Music Guide - Andy Kellman
In My Own Words, released in early 2006, was a major success for Ne-Yo. It was a number one album supported by two Top Ten singles and a third that peaked in the Top 20. As it kept gathering steam, the singer/songwriter/producer shrewdly continued to write for others: Rihanna's Top Ten "Unfaithful" and Beyoncé's number one "Irreplaceable" kept his profile on the rise through the end of the year. Indicating that he still has quality material to spare, Because of You comes just a little after a year after his debut, and it is just as solid. Though some of the accomplices remain, such as the Norwegian StarGate team (his partners on "So Sick," "Sexy Love," "Unfaithful," and ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Andy Kellman
In My Own Words, released in early 2006, was a major success for Ne-Yo. It was a number one album supported by two Top Ten singles and a third that peaked in the Top 20. As it kept gathering steam, the singer/songwriter/producer shrewdly continued to write for others: Rihanna's Top Ten "Unfaithful" and Beyoncé's number one "Irreplaceable" kept his profile on the rise through the end of the year. Indicating that he still has quality material to spare, Because of You comes just a little after a year after his debut, and it is just as solid. Though some of the accomplices remain, such as the Norwegian StarGate team (his partners on "So Sick," "Sexy Love," "Unfaithful," and "Irreplaceable") and Ron Feemster, the key to the album's potency and freshness is its differences from In My Own Words. None of the debut's singles were as upbeat as this album's lead single, "Because of You," a sophisticated yet youthful song for the dancefloor, one of many instances where it's evident that Ne-Yo has thoroughly absorbed Michael Jackson and Rod Temperton's rich vocal arrangements on Off the Wall. The album's closing quarter fulfills the contemporary ballad quota, but the preceding quarter provides imaginative and surprisingly adventurous arrangements, as well as some of the nastiest hooks. "Sex with My Ex," the wildest of these three songs, is somewhere between a screwed-and-chopped mix of Prince's "Delirious" and Diddy's "Last Night," its hard beat and synthesizer rays twisted into knots. It's also one of several moments where a newfound swagger is just as convincing as that of prime Usher. Making it to number one on your own, writing a major hit for one of the planet's most popular entertainers, and qualifying as the heir to R. Kelly can have that effect. Executive producer Jay-Z seems to know exactly what he has on his hands: on "Crazy," he completes his verse within the first 30 seconds, allowing his R&B franchise star to take over with no interruptions.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 5/1/2007
  • Label: Def Jam
  • UPC: 602517256484
  • Catalog Number: 000869702
  • Sales rank: 1,497

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 Because of You (4:26)
  2. 2 Crazy (4:21)
  3. 3 Can We Chill (4:24)
  4. 4 Do You (3:48)
  5. 5 Addicted (3:46)
  6. 6 Leaving Tonight - Jennifer Hudson (5:14)
  7. 7 Ain't Thinking About You (3:41)
  8. 8 Sex With My Ex (3:39)
  9. 9 Angel (3:28)
  10. 10 Make It Work (4:08)
  11. 11 Say It (4:41)
  12. 12 Go on Girl (4:21)
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
Ne-Yo Primary Artist
Joe Davi Bass, Guitar
Olga Konopelsky Violin
Emma Kummrow Violin
Igor Szwec Violin
Espen Lind Guitar
Jennie Lorenzo Cello
David Barnett Viola
Robert Taylor "R.T." Guitar
Gloria Justen Violin
Technical Credits
Jeff Chestek Engineer
Larry Gold Arranger, Producer
Bob Horn Engineer
Eric Hudson Producer, Instrumentation
Tom Coyne Mastering
Andrew Dawson Engineer
Brian Springer Engineer
Doug Joswick Package Production
Mike Tocci Engineer
Tor Erik Hermanson Instrumentation
Jaymz Hardy-Martin III Engineer
Brian Sumner Engineer
Shaffer Smith Composer
Timothy Bloom Composer, Producer
Carter Administration Audio Production
Ne-Yo Producer
Danielle Decker Groomer
Mikkel Storleer Eriksen Composer, Engineer, Vocal Engineer, Instrumentation
Theron "Neff U" Feemster Producer
TaVon Sampson Art Direction
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Customer Reviews

Average Rating 4.5
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  • Posted January 25, 2011

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    this album stinks!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    ne yo is the worst musician alive!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    GET THIS ALBUM!! ITS WORTH IT!!

    Ne-yo topped it with this album. His last album was great, but this one is even better. He is such a vivid songwriter and dynamic singer...No wonder everyone gets him to write songs for them!!! lol

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    GO ON NEYO!!!

    I love this album. Ne-yo is very talented and he can write those songs! My favorite songs are Go on Girl and Because of You.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    A reviewer

    I love Ne-Yo and I love both of his cd's. I was scared because I didn't know if he could top the first one but he did. I like all the songs but my favorites are Go On Girl, Say It, Ain't Thinkin About You, Crazy and Make It Work.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    NEYO has done it AGAIN!!!

    This album is amazing but what did expect coming from NEYO...He is an amazing songwriter. This album has songs that can relate to many different situations in your life...I LOVE IT...my favorite is Go on Girl

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    A reviewer

    This is an incredible album. tracks, 1, 3, 6 are excellent. Ne-yo is just an excellent artist and song writer. WAY TO GO NE-YO

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    Posted March 14, 2009

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