Year Of The Gentleman

  • Record Label: Def Jam
  • Release Date: Sep 16, 2008

Generally favorable reviews - based on 12 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 10 out of 12
  2. Negative: 0 out of 12
  1. It's Shaffer's writing, rather than Ne-Yo's singing (and the distinction between the personas is one he's made himself), which elevates this collection beyond those of his peers.
  2. 'Why Does She Stay,' forms the front end of a two-track patch of glorious gloom--the album's center, both literally and figuratively--complemented by 'Fade into the Background,' where he watches the one who got away get married.
  3. The 28-year-old singer-songwriter says his latest collection of heartfelt love songs is a tribute to the Rat Pack's pressed-suit style, but it's actually a superb concept album about what a great boyfriend he can be.
  4. His way with a melody is unstoppable, made all the more effective by his understated, no-frills approach to performing.
  5. On his third disc in as many years, the 28-year-old Southerner with the Michael Jackson falsetto not only wears his heart on his sleeve, he lets it bleed down his (no doubt high-thread-count) cuff.
  6. [He said] wanted to take a different direction on Year of the Gentleman. However, it seems he still has a heavy--yet welcome--case of the (rhythm and) blues on the finished product.
  7. Year of the Gentleman proves that a contemporary artist can appeal to the youth while still writing songs that are lyrically substantial enough for the older folks to appreciate.
  8. It's no surprise that Ne-Yo sings about women on his excellent third album, Year of the Gentleman.
  9. 80
    Ne-Yo is a stronger, more confident man than the one many remember licking his wounds on 'So Sick' from his debut album "In My Own Words" and 'Do You' from 2007’s "Because of You."
  10. Ne-Yo's fantastic third CD, The Year of the Gentleman, reconfigures "grown and sexy" by detailing relationships with an often uneasy mix of heartache, reflection, wit, lust, and resignation.

Awards & Rankings

User Score

Universal acclaim- based on 30 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 7 out of 9
  2. Negative: 0 out of 9
  1. Jan 7, 2016
    Another masterpiece from Ne-Yo, this album is simply amazing, one of the greaest R&B records ever made. The best songs are "Closer", aAnother masterpiece from Ne-Yo, this album is simply amazing, one of the greaest R&B records ever made. The best songs are "Closer", a dance/R&B track that it's lyrically a masterpiece, it's incredible how Ne-Yo in this song talks about sex, being totally a really gentleman, "Nobody", a song that have an incredible Michael Jackson vibe, reminds me of "Blood is on the Dance floor" by MJ, "Single", a pop/R&B track really sweet and beautiful, "Mad", a melodic R&B ballad, "Miss Independent", a good fresh track, "She Got Her Own", a song where Jamie Foxx give a beautiful demonstration of his talent. This album hasn't bad songs, it's an incredible album, congratulations Ne-Yo Full Review »
  2. ec
    Sep 17, 2008
    (83+80+80+80)/4=84? Oh yeah, and Ne Yo annoys the hell out of me.
  3. ShaniqueP.
    Oct 7, 2008
    The cd is hot.