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Year of the Gentleman
     

Year of the Gentleman

4.6 31
by Ne-Yo
 

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Instead of beautifully self-absorbed ballads such as "So Sick" from his 2006 debut, In My Own Words and "Let Me Love You," which he penned for fellow soul man Mario - on Year of the Gentleman Ne-Yo (a.k.a. Shaffer Smith) focuses on ladies first. Declaring "She's so much better than me, I

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Instead of beautifully self-absorbed ballads such as "So Sick" from his 2006 debut, In My Own Words and "Let Me Love You," which he penned for fellow soul man Mario - on Year of the Gentleman Ne-Yo (a.k.a. Shaffer Smith) focuses on ladies first. Declaring "She's so much better than me, I'm so unworthy of her" on the Michael Jackson-reminiscent "Why Does She Stay," the silky tenor reveals himself to be either extremely sincere or well-versed in the ways of mackin'. And "Fade into the Background" is a delicious slice of electro-funk a la Dirty Mind-era Prince that finds Ne-Yo awkwardly attending the wedding of a former flame ("She looks so cute in that white dress at the far end of the aisle/Standing where I should be standing is some other man/On his face is a smile"). Yet, he doesn't dwell on his own suffering for long. "So You Can Cry" offers a tough-love pick-me-up to a heartbroken female friend. And refreshingly, the smooth operator loosens his Windsor knot and heads for the dance-floor on the two-step feminist celebration "Miss Independent" (easily one of the best singles of 2008), and the glow-stick-ready, Euro club banger "Closer." Aspiring macks (and M.B.A.'s) will want to note the catchy attention-deficit anthem "Single" ("I'll be your boyfriend till the song goes off"), which appears here and on the New Kids on the Block comeback, The Block. On their respective versions, Ne-Yo and NKOTB trade backing vocals; the double-dipping songwriting credit, however, belongs to Ne-Yo…cha ching. With Year of the Gentleman, this prolific singer-songwriter is well on his way to becoming the new king of pop.

Editorial Reviews

New York Times - Jon Pareles
Unlike the callous studs of hip-hop, Ne-Yo makes himself sympathetic and vulnerable, and more so than ever on Year of the Gentleman.
Vibe
With his latest effort, Year of the Gentleman, Ne-Yo is a stronger, more confident man than the one many remember licking his wounds on "So Sick" from his debut album In My Own Words and "Do You" from 2007’s Because of You.

Product Details

Release Date:
09/16/2008
Label:
Def Jam
UPC:
0602517735620
catalogNumber:
001141002
Rank:
27503

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Album Credits

Performance Credits

Ne-Yo   Primary Artist,Vocals
Davis A. Barnett   Viola
Larry Gold   Conductor
Olga Konopelsky   Violin
Emma Kummrow   Violin
Igor Szwec   Violin
Gregory Teperman   Violin
Brandon Thomas   Guitar
Tor Erik Hermanson   Various
Alexandra Leem   Viola
Jennie Lorenzo   Cello
Bernt Rune Stray   Guitar
Jesse Bond   Guitar
Mikkel Storleer Eriksen   Various
Syience   Various
Robert Taylor "R.T."   Guitar
Rob Martin   Violin
Micayle McKinney   Keyboards
Shomari "Sho" Wilson   Various
Shea Taylor   Synthesizer,Piano,Strings
Charles Parker   Violin

Technical Credits

Larry Gold   Arranger,String Arrangements,String Conductor
L.A. Reid   Executive Producer
J. Peter Robinson   Art Direction
Stargate   Audio Production
Stereotypes   Producer
Tor Erik Hermanson   Instrumentation
Jaymz Hardy-Martin   Engineer,Vocal Mixing,Vocal Recording
Ne-Yo   Producer,Executive Producer,Audio Production
Josh Houghkirk   Engineer
Carol Corless   Package Production
Mikkel Storleer Eriksen   Composer,Engineer,Instrumentation
Tony Terrebonne   Engineer
Syience   Audio Production
Chuck Harmony   Arranger,Producer,String Arrangements,Audio Production
Geno Regist   Engineer,Vocal Recording
Shomari Wilson   Producer,Instrumentation
Jordan "DJ Swivel" Young   Engineer
Shomari "Sho" Wilson   Audio Production
Shea Taylor   drum programming,Audio Production
Polow da Don   Producer,Audio Production

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Year of the Gentleman 4.6 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 31 reviews.
AntiWeezyForever More than 1 year ago
this album stinks ne yo stinks!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
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Guest More than 1 year ago
I really like this CD. The year of the GENTLEMAN!!! He really brought his A game with this one, Very GROWN and SEXY!!!
MushRoomHeadfan101 More than 1 year ago
okay sooo i bought this album and his other two albums i tryed something new for a change i think this album is okay its not his best work i see alot of artists come and go these days but one of my favorite artists went straight downhill because he could not afford to make his next studio album a cd instead he made it a dualdisc which is a complete waste of time and money i lost all hope for that artist but since i got into neyo i know what real music sounds like but im a metalhead on my own spare time i listen to britney spears and madonna and yes i am a metalhead who loves listening to pop music neyo has a amazing singing voice but hes been very well lately on the billboard charts neyo is awesome just awesome
Golden08 More than 1 year ago
Anyone who enjoys hearing original works by a talented artist will love this CD. It's as plain as that.
Frisbee More than 1 year ago
This was my first CD by NE-YO and was given to me as a birthday gift. I was pleased to find many familiar songs and found his music appeal very similar to Luther Vandross. Pleasant and heartfelt as well as easy listening.
iPod More than 1 year ago
I have to say this is the best of Ne-Yo's albums yet. The songs in here that empower women and sings about them in a respectful manner, while still making them songs that young teens will love. Ne-Yo is keeping up the great music he has been making for years, getting better and better with each album or single he comes out with.
Taleesa More than 1 year ago
Each track is amazing, well made , soulfull and intense, fun. A beautiful artist!a great cd!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
For anyone who loves Ne-Yo, this is the one to get.
Jazzec5416 More than 1 year ago
So of course his biggest fan had to stop by and comment. This album is not like the other 2. This album is more pop which is okay, but don't forget what you put out in the beginning. I'm still trying to understand the title Year of the Gentleman and how it relates to the songs(or was it just supposed 2 relate to him?). However, Ne-Yo has a gift. He can write from a female and male point of view. Like the other reviewer said he doesn't have the sexy songs like Mirror and Say It, so he needs to work on that for the next album. I hate to say it but this CD had to grow on me. Which in the end I like it. My favorites are Mad, Why Does She Stay, Fade Into the Background, So You Can Cry, and Back To What You Know. Can't wait for the next album.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Ne-Yo has done it again for me. This album is really good. I love the Songs Closer and Miss Independent but i also have some other Fav's on the Album. Even though he does'nt have a Oh So Sexy song on this album like his other two &quot Mirror &amp Say It&quot This is still a great album overall! I would Rec. this Cd to any of his Fans!
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