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  • Summary: Album #2 for the in-demand singer-songwriter includes duets with Jay-Z and Jennifer Hudson.
Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 11 out of 14
  2. Negative: 0 out of 14
  1. Because of You might end up being the best R&B album of the year.
  2. 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]
  3. The key to the album's potency and freshness is its differences from In My Own Words.
  4. It's a little less immediate than the first album, but also takes Ne-Yo's case where it belongs: to the dance floor.
  5. A sexy and sweet sophomore release that’s got more love flowing from it than an ‘‘Oprah’’ audience on ‘‘My Favorite Things’’ day.
  6. The young songwriter lacks enough artistic weirdness to follow in the deified footsteps of [Michael Jackson] or... Prince.
  7. 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.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 11 out of 15
  2. Negative: 1 out of 15