Because Of You

  • Record Label: Def Jam
  • Release Date: May 1, 2007
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. Billboard
    70
    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. Blender
    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. Entertainment Weekly
    83
    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]
  6. It's a little less immediate than the first album, but also takes Ne-Yo's case where it belongs: to the dance floor.
  7. The young songwriter lacks enough artistic weirdness to follow in the deified footsteps of [Michael Jackson] or... Prince.
  8. Because of You might end up being the best R&B album of the year.
  9. Because Of You, is a real sleeper that reveals considerable strengths upon repeat listens.
  10. 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.
User Score
6.5

Generally favorable reviews- based on 26 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 10 out of 16
  2. Negative: 1 out of 16
  1. Jan 7, 2016
    8
    A really a good album, it's not good as his first album but it's sill a very good album. The first part of the album it's beautiful, has theA really a good album, it's not good as his first album but it's sill a very good album. The first part of the album it's beautiful, has the Michael Jackson vibe, and the last part have a "detective" sound. The the best tracks of the album are "Because of You", a beautiful R&B track, "Crazy", a hip hop soul track that have the style taken from the '90, "Do You", a pop/R&B ballad, "Make It Work" a good song but Ne-Yo should avoid that horrible 'ayo' in the song, and "Go On Girl" a sweet R&B track. The only thing that i don't like it's the slowness in some tracks, like in the chorus of "Addicted" or in "Sex With My Ex" Full Review »
  2. LorenT.
    Jul 11, 2007
    1
    This album was hilariously bad. The lyrics predictable, the immature theme the ridiculous disco beat were collectively entertaining. I This album was hilariously bad. The lyrics predictable, the immature theme the ridiculous disco beat were collectively entertaining. I especially loved the whispering background used to spice up yet another song everyone skips. I had to fight the urge to curl my lip at each subsequent irritating beat- notably "say it" The worst twenty dollars I have ever spent! Full Review »
  3. GershwinH.
    Jun 24, 2007
    9
    Love the album!Not only do the songs pay tribute to the music legends(MJ & Prince) but their also touch our souls.Tracks like Do You & Make Love the album!Not only do the songs pay tribute to the music legends(MJ & Prince) but their also touch our souls.Tracks like Do You & Make It Work.Because Of You is written beautifully which you cant take away and each song will take you back if you listen to the words.Love this album cant wait for the next Full Review »