Generally favorable reviews - based on 11 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 9 out of 11
  2. Negative: 0 out of 11
  1. Although it's firmly in the commercial-R&B camp, it's got much more energy than those slickly produced records, and at times, the record's production verges on dirty.
  2. Pencil Ne-Yo in as R&B rookie of the year--and don’t be surprised if no one trumps him before 2006 is gone.
  3. While tracks like "So Sick" and "Stay" hit a few sweet neosoul spots, this perfectly pleasant disc is lacking that roundhouse kick that floors you.
  4. Admittedly, Ne-Yo’s lyric-writing is hardly the stuff of legends... However, his robust man-child voice tempers the redundancy of heartache and makes the album a plausible listen.
  5. Unfortunately, the sincerity -- not to mention Ne-Yo himself -- is drowned in the relentless whirring of the music machine: vocal choruses, orchestral drama, horns and flutes, and endless sprinklings of electronic fairy dust. [5 Mar 2006]
  6. Thirteen tracks of state-of-the-art bump'n'grind. [9 Mar 2006, p.92]
  7. 60
    Even at its weepiest, his music, thankfully, stays vivacious. [Apr 2006, p.116]
  8. In My Own Words might pale next to Legend's stellar debut, but, even at its Robert Kelly worst, it's not hateable.
  9. Confident if slightly underwhelming. [3 Mar 2006, p.100]
  10. Though, at times, the lyrics are a bit too sentimental ("Time") and production is spotty, "In My Own Words" should have listeners clinging to Ne-Yo's every word. [4 Mar 2006]
  11. Ne-Yo is a deft and appealing player in the game of modern-day R&B. [27 Feb 2006]

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