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  • Summary: The third album for the R&B singer features songs produced by Stargate, Stereotypes, and Polow da Don.
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  1. It's no surprise that Ne-Yo sings about women on his excellent third album, Year of the Gentleman.
  2. 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.
  3. 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.
  4. 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."
  5. 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.
  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. With his latest, Ne-Yo's winning groove devolves into a rut, and his quiet storm gets awfully sleepy

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  1. LB
    Oct 4, 2008
    10
    Ne-Yo........ hits on top of hits....everytime! Love it!
  2. UsmanK.
    Sep 17, 2008
    10
    Closest thing possible to an MJ album. Beautiful melodies throughout and a lot of tracks use in house live instruments which you just Closest thing possible to an MJ album. Beautiful melodies throughout and a lot of tracks use in house live instruments which you just don't see anymore with rnb singers. Great lyrics as well especially on songs 'like lie to me' and 'stop this world'. Hope ne-yo continues to make music like this Expand
  3. CallieT.
    Oct 1, 2008
    10
    I personally bought this CD and thought it was the best use of my money! I haven't bought a CD in over five years and wasn't I personally bought this CD and thought it was the best use of my money! I haven't bought a CD in over five years and wasn't disappointed at all when I heard Ne-Yo's wonderfully flowing lyrics. I've listened to the CD everyday since I bought it. Collapse
  4. Chew
    Sep 17, 2008
    9
    This album is the 3rd album for Ne-yo. Each album he makes seems to get better and better. From In My Own Words, Because of You to Year of This album is the 3rd album for Ne-yo. Each album he makes seems to get better and better. From In My Own Words, Because of You to Year of The Gentleman, Ne-yo keeps getting better with the lyrics and production. His style is a style that we all envy, and what was thought to be non-existant, only shown in artists from the past, such as Micheal Jackson. His lyrics don't talk about sex, drugs, or hoes, or the cliched love, but atlthough love, he talks about messages that we all can relate to. Superb album. Chew Picks: All, the albums a calm ride. Expand
  5. ShaniqueP.
    Oct 7, 2008
    9
    The cd is hot.
  6. YonkoD.
    Sep 22, 2008
    6
    It's a great album!
  7. ec
    Sep 17, 2008
    5
    (83+80+80+80)/4=84? Oh yeah, and Ne Yo annoys the hell out of me.

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