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  • Summary: The sixth full-length release for the R&B artist was produced by Dr. Luke and features guest appearances from Candice, David Guetta, Jeezy, Charisse Mills, Schoolboy Q, and T.I.
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She Knows
You know, from the moment she turn around She know, how to back it up and drop it down She know, she what all the fellas looking at Cause they know,... See the rest of the song lyrics
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  1. Positive: 5 out of 12
  2. Negative: 0 out of 12
  1. Entertainment Weekly
    Jan 27, 2015
    91
    On his gleefully carnal sixth LP he shows off a flexibility that few performers can match.[30 Jan-6 Feb 2015,p.120]
  2. Feb 3, 2015
    80
    Non-Fiction nonetheless contains more standouts than any Ne-Yo album since Because of You.
  3. Feb 17, 2015
    70
    While not setting the world on fire, it nestles its way warmly into your heart, soul and dancing feet.
  4. Jan 27, 2015
    50
    Alas, not enough of the songs have great tunes to go along with that production and vocal quality.
  5. Jan 27, 2015
    50
    The music, sadly, can be just as tough to follow.
  6. Jan 27, 2015
    40
    Non-Fiction is just blandly lazy about developing its representation of women, like it is about everything else. That lack of specificity renders the album ironically hindered by its own overt conception: a story album unable to sustain interest as fiction, non- or otherwise.
  7. Q Magazine
    Feb 25, 2015
    40
    There are strong cameos from assorted MCs, particularly Juicy J and Schoolboy Q, but his attempt to talk a girlfriend into a threesome on Story Time is proof there are even worse things in life than dabbling in Eurodance. [Apr 2015, p.108]

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 5 out of 8
  2. Negative: 2 out of 8
  1. Jan 31, 2015
    10
    is best work since Year of the Gentlemen. This album demonstrates the way an album is supposed to be listened to. As a body of work to beis best work since Year of the Gentlemen. This album demonstrates the way an album is supposed to be listened to. As a body of work to be consumed and rated as a whole not as individual songs. With the all songs coming together to paint a sincere and heartfelt story. Expand
  2. Feb 3, 2015
    10
    I always have been a huge fan of Ne-Yo and I feel that this is some of his best work. He has tried the concept album with "Libra Scale" beforeI always have been a huge fan of Ne-Yo and I feel that this is some of his best work. He has tried the concept album with "Libra Scale" before but this one really shows off his range and diversity. I think it is awesome how he infuses an 80s/90s sound while keeping it modern. You can really hear how this album channels the sounds of MJ, Marvin Gaye, Prince, and some of the influential R&B artists of the 90s. The tracks that stand out for me are: Integrity, Coming With You, Take You There, Congratulations, Come Over, Ballerina, and Worth It Expand
  3. Feb 3, 2015
    9
    Your best album since Year of the Gentleman but ti's not reached the same level of your best works. We cand found incredible songs but theYour best album since Year of the Gentleman but ti's not reached the same level of your best works. We cand found incredible songs but the first half is average. Expand
  4. Feb 6, 2015
    8
    Truly a fantastic album. The best song off the album (im not saying this due to it being mainstream) is she knows. Juicy J's Rap part alsoTruly a fantastic album. The best song off the album (im not saying this due to it being mainstream) is she knows. Juicy J's Rap part also plays a vital part in the song as it is rather catchy and well spoken. Overall this whole album has been a smasher! Expand
  5. Apr 13, 2015
    6
    Not a bad album, but a generally forgettable effort from an artist who generally releases great albums. I came into this album with goodNot a bad album, but a generally forgettable effort from an artist who generally releases great albums. I came into this album with good expectations because I liked how Ne-Yo talked about the album in interviews, how it would be his full return to R&B and would be more of a storytelling album. I also liked the singles. But Ne-Yo was trying to trick his fans. He released all the good R&B songs as singles and then saved the bad R&B songs and pop songs as album cuts. Nice job, Ne-Yo, it's exactly the opposite of what you did for R.E.D., which was a better album because of this. Grade: B-/C+. Highlights: "One More", "Good Morning", "Money Can't Buy". Worst songs: "Time of Our Lives" (the album would have been a touch better if Pitbull saved the song entirely for only his own album Globalization), "Who's Taking You Home" (he's pulling a "We Found Love" here) Expand
  6. Jan 30, 2015
    3
    Ow. Seriously.
    Aural torture really. Glad I didn't buy it - that was the girlfriend.
    She's nearly an ex after making me listen to this!
    Ow. Seriously.
    Aural torture really. Glad I didn't buy it - that was the girlfriend.
    She's nearly an ex after making me listen to this!
    I'm sure his next album will be super awesome though!
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  7. Jan 28, 2015
    2
    "You can't tell a broke man that money means nothing." This line from the intro perfectly summarizes this album, and also Ne-Yo himself as an"You can't tell a broke man that money means nothing." This line from the intro perfectly summarizes this album, and also Ne-Yo himself as an artist. Lol, he was probably my favorite R&B singer for a while, and now I could not even finish listening half of the album Expand

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