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  • Summary: The 22-year-old writer of songs for the likes of Mary J. Blige steps into the spotlight with his debut as an R&B artist.
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  1. Positive: 9 out of 11
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  1. 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.
  2. 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.
  3. 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.
  4. Thirteen tracks of state-of-the-art bump'n'grind. [9 Mar 2006, p.92]
  5. 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.
  6. Confident if slightly underwhelming. [3 Mar 2006, p.100]
  7. In My Own Words might pale next to Legend's stellar debut, but, even at its Robert Kelly worst, it's not hateable.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 11 out of 12
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 12
  3. Negative: 1 out of 12