Editors’ Notes Though it’s his fifth studio album, 2012’s R.E.D. — an acronym for Realizing Every Dream — is Ne-Yo’s first full-length on Motown. From the subtly retro-soul of opener “Cracks In Mr. Perfect” (cleverly tripped-up with self-deprecating lyrics that somehow make him even more charming) to the libidinous tension of the closing dance-pop hit “Burning Up,” R.E.D. plays as if the prolific R&B singer-songwriter saved his best songs for this album. And now as Senior Vice President of A&R for Motown, Ne-Yo seems even more driven to make top-shelf recordings. He enlisted indie-pop star Sia Furler to collaborate with the writing on standout jam “Let Me Love You (Until You Learn to Love Yourself).” Her additions of synthesizer laced Euro-pop textures and soaring melodies in the song’s uplifting chorus are a perfect fit with Ne-Yo’s impassioned singing. Moreover, the hooks are so catchy — they beg for further songwriting alliance. With the sultry rhythm of a heavy heartbeat, “Lazy Love” proves that Ne-Yo can pen a steamy serenade on par with those of R. Kelly.

SONG
Cracks in Mr. Perfect
1
4:56
 
Lazy Love
2
3:16
 
Let Me Love You (Until You Learn to Love Yourself)
3
4:11
 
Miss Right
4
3:49
 
Jealous
5
4:07
 
Don't Make Em Like You (feat. Wiz Khalifa)
6
4:09
 
Be the One
7
3:47
 
Stress Reliever
8
3:35
 
She Is (feat. Tim McGraw)
9
3:26
 
Carry On (Her Letter to Him)
10
3:56
 
Forever Now
11
3:41
 
Shut Me Down
12
3:41
 
Unconditional
13
4:38
 
Should Be You (feat. Fabolous & Diddy)
14
4:15
 
My Other Gun
15
3:18
 
Alone With You (Maddie's Song)
16
4:58
 
Let's Go (feat. Ne-Yo)
17
3:53
 
Burning Up
18
3:33
 

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