Metascore
74

Generally favorable reviews - based on 14 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 11 out of 14
  2. Negative: 0 out of 14
  1. The key to the album's potency and freshness is its differences from In My Own Words.
  2. Ne-Yo still has a way with melody, managing to upgrade his offerings while showing that the writer in him ain't dead either. [5 May 2007]
  3. 70
    One long, shameless come-on. [Jun 2007, p.107]
  4. A sexy and sweet sophomore release that’s got more love flowing from it than an ‘‘Oprah’’ audience on ‘‘My Favorite Things’’ day.
  5. It's a case of too many beats failing to earn their keep.
  6. The album is an unmistakable attempt to channel [Michael] Jackson's early Quncy Jones-helmed LPs--and the effort often pays off beautifully. [27 Apr 2007, p.139]
  7. It's a little less immediate than the first album, but also takes Ne-Yo's case where it belongs: to the dance floor.
  8. The young songwriter lacks enough artistic weirdness to follow in the deified footsteps of [Michael Jackson] or... Prince.
  9. Because of You might end up being the best R&B album of the year.
  10. The album is almost identical to Ne-Yo's promising debut, last year's In My Own Words, but, while it starts off strong with the thumping yet melodic title track, nothing here matches the smooth pop of "So Sick" and "Sexy Love," and there are at least two other young stars out there doing the MJ thing better.
  11. Because of You mostly reminds us of the Ne-Yo Problem. He wants to be bad, but chickens out at the last minute.
  12. Because Of You, is a real sleeper that reveals considerable strengths upon repeat listens.
  13. If he never takes another chance, this new R&B torch carrier will still have a pop career for another 20 years, but if he wants to make a real mark, he’ll have to toss that hat.

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