Love Me Back - Jazmine Sullivan
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  • Summary: The Philadelphia-born R&B singer/songwriter who has written songs for such artists as Christina Milian, Monica, and Jennifer Hudson, releases her second solo album.
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  1. Positive: 10 out of 11
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  1. Although overdoing the soulful melodrama doesn't beat overdoing the suave cool as decisively as the retro-nuevo believe, the songwriting here is a big extra difference maker, with enough pop moves to lighten the overall mood.
  2. Dec 7, 2010
    90
    After factoring in the fictitious post-breakup duet with Ne-Yo (which is more like a verbal joust), the self-flagellating "Holding You Down (Goin' in Circles)" (a collision of oft-used samples and references that does not sound the least bit tired), and the nakedly ambitious "Famous" (where she yearns for girls to want to be like her), it becomes increasingly clear that Love Me Back sprawls and stuns in equal measure.
  3. Dec 7, 2010
    90
    Love Me Back is worth so much more than the future classic tag it's been lumped with--it's an instant and self-assured blast of a record, its maker a new star to love
  4. Dec 7, 2010
    80
    This Philly-born belter sounds like a direct reaction against the Auto-Tune era, with Sullivan turning her pain into a performance worthy of a vintage Apollo headlining gig.
  5. Jan 14, 2011
    78
    It is readily apparent on Love Me Back that Ms. Sullivan is making a huge push at greater mainstream success.
  6. 75
    She finds the plaintive center, the kind of soothing intimacy that almost seems like the way we'd sing to ourselves in times of trouble.
  7. Sep 17, 2012
    60
    The 23-year-old diva plays a little nicer, adhering to the Mary J. Blige school of gritty, nuanced hip-hop soul.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 7 out of 7
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 7
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  1. Nov 30, 2010
    10
    it's obvious that is better than her last effort Fearless because her new album is plagued with catchy melodies, the resonant mix of genresit's obvious that is better than her last effort Fearless because her new album is plagued with catchy melodies, the resonant mix of genres and the distinctive voice of Jazmine, solid and at times really surprising like her power R&B-soul ballad 10 seconds, the sticky and pop Good Enough, the ingenious Holding You Down under the excellent production such as Missy Elliott in Excuse Me o Luv Back! the great collaboration with Ne-Yo!!! In short the best R&B album of the year and a phenomenal growth of this girl genius urban music!!! Expand
  2. Nov 17, 2011
    10
    In the Top 2 Best R&B albums of 2010. Wonderful job by Ms. Sullivan. The standouts were "Holding You Down", "Don't Make Me Wait", "Excuse Me"In the Top 2 Best R&B albums of 2010. Wonderful job by Ms. Sullivan. The standouts were "Holding You Down", "Don't Make Me Wait", "Excuse Me" and "U Get On My Nerves". Expand
  3. Dec 4, 2010
    10
    9-10 for me, excellent album, nice mix the Reggae vibe on some tracks is dope. No sophomore slum in this album, even better the Fearless which9-10 for me, excellent album, nice mix the Reggae vibe on some tracks is dope. No sophomore slum in this album, even better the Fearless which was also GREAT. Expand
  4. Nov 30, 2010
    10
    Jazmine is unique with her own perfect style...! her voice sound amazing in each track like 10 Seconds...and the production of Missy ElliottJazmine is unique with her own perfect style...! her voice sound amazing in each track like 10 Seconds...and the production of Missy Elliott make her best achievement like Holding You Down, Excuse Me or Luv Back.
    Jazmine Sullivan achieve to be one of the R&B artists most prominent and creative, her music is a mixture of Neo-Soul, Hip-Hop Soul, pop and R&B.
    Love Me Back is mature, deep, and strong!
    Her passional spirit and persona introducing to the best R&B album of the year!
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  5. 7UP
    Nov 30, 2010
    9
    Love Me Back is even better than Jazmine's solid debut album "Fearless". There's one or two songs I'm not really feeling, but other than thatLove Me Back is even better than Jazmine's solid debut album "Fearless". There's one or two songs I'm not really feeling, but other than that this is an amazing album. You have to listen to Love You Long Time, Stuttering, Famous, 10 Seconds and Holding You Down! Expand
  6. Nov 30, 2010
    9
    Jazmine Sullivan is quite possibly the most unique vocalist in modern R&B, in sophomore effort, she gracefully avoids a sophomore slump withJazmine Sullivan is quite possibly the most unique vocalist in modern R&B, in sophomore effort, she gracefully avoids a sophomore slump with this intricately designed album. Sullivan's voice easily glides across strong melodies with some help from her mentor Missy Elliott. Overall? An easy A. Expand
  7. Dec 20, 2010
    7
    This artist is quite underrated with some of the songs she makes. She has a unique voice and some of the songs showed a different style to herThis artist is quite underrated with some of the songs she makes. She has a unique voice and some of the songs showed a different style to her which i really like. Stand outs being 10 Seconds and Luv Back. Really good album. Expand