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.
Cracks in Mr. Perfect
Let Me Love You (Until You Learn to Love Yourself)
Don't Make Em Like You (feat. Wiz Khalifa)
Be the One
She Is (feat. Tim McGraw)
Carry On (Her Letter to Him)
Shut Me Down
Should Be You (feat. Fabolous & Diddy)
My Other Gun
Alone With You (Maddie's Song)
Let's Go (feat. Ne-Yo)
18 Songs, 1 Hour, 11 Minutes
November 6, 2012
℗ 2012 Motown Records, a Division of UMG Recordings, Inc.