Year of the Gentleman

Year of the Gentleman

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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, ISee more details below

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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.

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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:
5963

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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
Herb Powers   Mastering
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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