Because of You

Because of You

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by Ne-Yo
     
 

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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

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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.

Product Details

Release Date:
05/01/2007
Label:
Def Jam
UPC:
0602517256484
catalogNumber:
000869702

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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
Andrew Dawson   Engineer
Brian Springer   Engineer
Doug Joswick   Package Production
Mike Tocci   Engineer
Tor Erik Hermanson   Instrumentation
Jaymz Hardy-Martin   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
TaVon Sampson   Art Direction
Theron Feemster   Producer

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Because of You 4.3 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 8 reviews.
AntiWeezyForever More than 1 year ago
ne yo is the worst musician alive!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
Guest More than 1 year ago
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
Guest More than 1 year ago
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.
Guest More than 1 year ago
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
Guest More than 1 year ago
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.
Guest More than 1 year ago
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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