In My Own Words

In My Own Words

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by Ne-Yo

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Shaffer Smith has been writing material for mainstream acts since the tail end of the '90s, when he was barely old enough to drive. In 2004, after he adopted the name Ne-Yo -- a sensible move since his birth name is more like that of a sitcom actor or anchorman than an R&B loverman -- his industry stock shot way up…  See more details below


Shaffer Smith has been writing material for mainstream acts since the tail end of the '90s, when he was barely old enough to drive. In 2004, after he adopted the name Ne-Yo -- a sensible move since his birth name is more like that of a sitcom actor or anchorman than an R&B loverman -- his industry stock shot way up for co-writing Mario's "Let Me Love You," an inescapable number one hit. The pointedly titled In My Own Words is the second album he has made as a solo artist, but it's the first to be released, and its presentation clearly intends to get the point across that he's a writer, with images of lyric sheets strewn across the accompanying booklet, and the photo props of choice are pencils and pads, not practically naked models and probably rented sports cars. In My Own Words is a concise album with only one guest verse (from Peedi Peedi), unless you count the unlisted bonus remix (featuring Ghostface). It's very focused and surprisingly taut, especially for a debut that involves several producers. "So Sick," a hit single released in advance of the album, carries a vulnerability not unlike "Let Me Love You" -- it's certainly additional proof that Ne-Yo does heartache best of all -- but it's even more successful at staying on the right side of the line that separates heartfelt anguish from insufferable whining. Its modern approach, interlocked with touches of '70s and '80s R&B sensibilities, is also in effect for the entirety of the album. Beyond a couple lightweight tracks, the album only falters when scenarios from different relationships clash: in "Get Down Like That," Ne-Yo is a righteous boyfriend who turns down the advances of a tempting ex, while in "That Just Ain't Right," he confesses to an ex (who has been an ex for three years) that he calls out her name while in bed with his current lover. The problems, however, really aren't all that detrimental. Ne-Yo is a real talent as a songwriter, and as a vocalist he is unmistakably more concerned with serving the song than his ego. He's not the flashiest vocalist, but he's able to put across contrasting emotions with slight adjustments, and he balances toughness with tenderness exceptionally well -- all of which are uncommon traits in the early 2000s. This album could turn out to be the most impressive R&B debut of 2006, as well as one of several milestones in a lengthy career.

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Def Jam

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Album Credits

Performance Credits

Ne-Yo   Primary Artist,Vocals
Larry Gold   Strings
Robert Taylor   Guitar
Tor Erik Hermanson   Multi Instruments,Various
Mikkel SE   Multi Instruments,Various
Peedi Peedi   Rap
Nissan Stewart   Drums

Technical Credits

Bunny Sigler   Composer
Larry Gold   Management
Cam Wilson   Composer
Nichell Delvaille   Photo Coordination
Doug Joswick   Package Production,Package Preparation
Ervin Pope   Producer
A.J. Lewis   Composer
E. Jordan   Composer
Mike Tocci   Engineer
Tia Johnson   Art Direction
Curtis "Sauce" Wilson   Producer,Engineer
Brian Reid   Producer,Audio Production
Tor Erik Hermanson   Instrumentation
Mikkel SE   Engineer,Instrumentation
Ashaunna Ayars   Marketing
Sean Tallman   Engineer
Brandon Howard   Producer
Mark Ford   Groomer
Carter Administration   Executive Producer
Ne-Yo   Author
Ron "Neff U" Feemstar   Producer
Tia Johson   Art Direction
Theron "Neff U" Feemster   Producer,Audio Production
Robert Horn   Engineer

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In My Own Words 4.6 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 19 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This is a solid album. There are a few tracks that didnt make the album that I wish would have been, but there is no reason to dwell on that at this point. A few of the tracks to look out for are "So Sick", "Stay", "Let Me Get This Right", and "Get Down Like That". These tracks are instant hits. The othr tracks on this album are definitley entertaining, and you don't need to skip any tracks, unless you dont like very sexual track (with which this album has a couple)
Guest More than 1 year ago
I think Ne-Yo is a force to be reckoned with in this ever-changing R & B scene that is slowing (but surely) beginning to re-gain some prominence. "Let Me Get This Right" and "Get Down Like That" are my personal favorties, but as a whole, the entire album is worthy of a deep say the least. The only downside: it is void of the "So Sick" remix featuring LL - which I'm sure will be getting as much airplay as the hard as THAT is to believe!
Guest More than 1 year ago
who is ne-yo? to me he's one of the best R&B singers to come out recently. he has got some mad skillz, almost all of the songs on this album are great there's only two i don't like. he proves he's worthy to listen to multiple times. majority of his songs are love songs and acouple hip hop joints. if you haven't picked up this album you should get it. don't worry if you get sick of "love song" there's better song's you'll get addicted to.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This album is amazing. I've known about this writer since Mario's Let Me Love You and was waiting for him to make an album. He had spoken about it in some interviews but was unsure at the time. And when he did I couldn't believe it. It's excellent. My top 3 songs on this are So Sick, Sexy Love & Let Go. Great album, great artist, great lisening.
Guest More than 1 year ago
It's A good CD I'd buy again if it was necessary. I like the track "Get Down Like That" I'm really feelin' that. Simply because he let it be know that there is some good boyfriends out here. This is my theme song.
Guest More than 1 year ago
OMG.Dis CD is off the radar.I was so surprised he really is a our call back to great soulful music.His vocal abilities are sick.I just love what he does to music.I haven't herd anybody do what he's doing to music in a long time.He's the whole package.Can dance, sing, and write.This abulm has to be one of the (sexiest) best CD's I've herd in years.My favortie songs are "Sexy Love' and "Let Go".This Cd is worth the money.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Ne-Yo's CD was the best CD that's came out recently! I think that Ne-Yo is really good and I wish him a lot of luck with his career.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I did not want to buy this cd at first because I thought he was 2 pop when so sick came out. But when somebody told me about his song "Mirror" I bought it as soon as I heard the song. I love every song on there but my top 5 are Mirror(for all the baby makers), Time, Get Down Like That, Sexy Love, Let Go. This Cd is so good it reminds you when John Legend, Usher, and Jamie Foxx's cd came out. I hope he makes it into the world.
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Guest More than 1 year ago
I listen to this CD every nite before I sleep-if anyone is suffering from lack of sleep this will do it for you - Shaffer PLEASE CONTINUE your wonderful imagination. carolann
Guest More than 1 year ago
I absolutely love this CD! Ne-Yo is an outstanding songwriter and an even better artist! Great job, Ne-Yo. Love you lots!
Guest More than 1 year ago
Neyo is absolutely amazing! I love this album. No other like it. Never will be. My favorite song is Mirror. Anyone out there feelin' me? Neyo is. Keep it goin' man. Blow em' off the map with more great music!
Guest More than 1 year ago
Neyo is so sexy. His voice is so loveable. This cd is the number one cd in the world
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Ne-yo is an awesome artist and I love this album..
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AntiWeezyForever More than 1 year ago
this album stinks!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!