Year of the Gentleman

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Barnes & Noble - Tracy E. Hopkins
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...
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Barnes & Noble - Tracy E. Hopkins
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.
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.

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.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 9/16/2008
  • Label: Def Jam
  • UPC: 602517735620
  • Catalog Number: 001141002
  • Sales rank: 10,361

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 Closer (3:54)
  2. 2 Nobody (3:07)
  3. 3 Single (4:17)
  4. 4 Mad (4:14)
  5. 5 Miss Independent (3:52)
  6. 6 Why Does She Stay (4:33)
  7. 7 Fade into the Background (3:18)
  8. 8 So You Can Cry (4:17)
  9. 9 Part of the List (4:09)
  10. 10 Back to What You Know (4:10)
  11. 11 Lie to Me (4:27)
  12. 12 Stop This World (4:23)
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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
The Stereotypes Producer
Tor Erik Hermanson Instrumentation
Jaymz Hardy-Martin III 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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  • Posted January 25, 2011

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    ne yo is a rip off of michael jackson

    this album stinks ne yo stinks!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    EXCELLENT!

    For anyone who loves Ne-Yo, this is the one to get.

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  • Posted October 1, 2010

    Beautiful!

    Each track is amazing, well made , soulfull and intense, fun.
    A beautiful artist!a great cd!

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  • Posted October 1, 2010

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    Delightful listening! I highly recommend this CD for a wide audience of listeners!

    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.

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  • Posted October 1, 2010

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    Best of his albums yet!

    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.

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  • Posted October 1, 2010

    Love Me Some Ne-Yo

    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.

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  • Posted October 1, 2010

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    its a okay album not his best work but i guess its okay its my opinion

    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

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  • Posted October 1, 2010

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    How Can You NOT Love It?

    Anyone who enjoys hearing original works by a talented artist will love this CD. It's as plain as that.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Such a Talented Singer!!!!!

    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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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    I LOVE me some NEYO!!!!

    I really like this CD. The year of the GENTLEMAN!!! He really brought his A game with this one, Very GROWN and SEXY!!!

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