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R.E.D.

Ne-Yo

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Libra Scale was the first Ne-Yo release that failed to go platinum. The quasi-concept album didn't come close to making it halfway there. The singer and songwriter, however, wasn't on the brink of recording covers for Shanachie. The album's "Champagne Life" was long lasting on commercial radio, and featured spots on Pitbull's "Give Me Everything" (number one Hot 100), Young Jeezy's "Leave You Alone" (number three Hot R&B/Hip-Hop), and Calvin Harris' "Let's Go" (number 17, Hot 100) propped him up through the release of this, his first album for Motown -- the label employing him as Senior Vice President of A&R. Given Ne-Yo's success with Euro-flavored dance-pop and the continued marginalization of R&B, chances were slim that he would be inspired by his new label to stick to the latter genre. In terms of its place in the Motown legacy, R.E.D. is much closer to a modern-day Dancing on the Ceiling -- with several variations on the title track -- than In a Special Way. This is actually back-loaded with dance-pop; while the serviceable but indistinct "Let Me Love You" comes along early and the dance-pop/R&B hybrid "Be the One" leads the second half, the three-track closing stretch reveals dance-pop as the dominant style. Ne-Yo does not go through the motions, but the songs carry an air of "going about my job in a compliant, professional manner." There's a contemporary country duet co-written by Luke Laird (Carrie Underwood, Little Big Town, Eric Church) and co-sung by Tim McGraw, as well as an adult contemporary ballad. The highlights are all casual, subtle, finely detailed midtempo numbers and slow jams.
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1
Cracks In Mr. Perfect (Album Version)
00:04:56

Shea Taylor, Producer, Guitar, AssociatedPerformer, ComposerLyricist - Shaffer Smith, ComposerLyricist - Ne-Yo, MainArtist - Kevin 'KD' Davis, Mixer, StudioPersonnel - Moses Gallart, Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Ramon Rivas, Asst. Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel

℗ 2012 Motown Records, a Division of UMG Recordings, Inc.

2
Lazy Love (Album Version)
00:03:16

Shea Taylor, Producer, Guitar, AssociatedPerformer, ComposerLyricist - Shaffer Smith, ComposerLyricist - Ne-Yo, MainArtist - Kevin 'KD' Davis, Mixer, StudioPersonnel - Moses Gallart, Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Ramon Rivas, Asst. Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel

℗ 2012 Motown Records, a Division of UMG Recordings, Inc.

3
Let Me Love You (Until You Learn To Love Yourself) (Album Version)
00:04:11

Tor Erik Hermansen, ComposerLyricist - Mikkel S. Eriksen, Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel, ComposerLyricist - Danny D, Producer, Executive Producer - Tim Blacksmith, Producer, Executive Producer - PHIL TAN, Mixer, StudioPersonnel - Shaffer Smith, ComposerLyricist - StarGate, Producer - Sia Furler, ComposerLyricist - Ne-Yo, Vocals, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer - Mike Anderson, Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Daniela Rivera, Additional Mixer, StudioPersonnel - Mark Hadfield, ComposerLyricist - Mike Dis Cala, ComposerLyricist - Reeva & Black, Producer

℗ 2012 Motown Records, a Division of UMG Recordings, Inc.

4
Miss Right (Album Version)
00:03:49

Tor Erik Hermansen, ComposerLyricist - Mikkel S. Eriksen, Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel, ComposerLyricist - Shaffer Smith, ComposerLyricist - StarGate, Producer - Ne-Yo, MainArtist - Jerel Lake, Assistant Mixer, StudioPersonnel - Kevin 'KD' Davis, Mixer, StudioPersonnel

℗ 2012 Motown Records, a Division of UMG Recordings, Inc.

5
Jealous (Album Version)
00:04:06

Shaffer Smith, ComposerLyricist - Ne-Yo, MainArtist - Kevin 'KD' Davis, Mixer, StudioPersonnel - Moses Gallart, Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Allen Arthur, ComposerLyricist - Clayton Reilly, ComposerLyricist - Keith Justice, ComposerLyricist - Phatboiz, Producer

℗ 2012 Motown Records, a Division of UMG Recordings, Inc.

6
Don't Make Em Like You (Album Version)
00:04:08

Shaffer Smith, ComposerLyricist - Wiz Khalifa, FeaturedArtist - Cameron Thomaz, ComposerLyricist - Ne-Yo, MainArtist - Kevin 'KD' Davis, Mixer, StudioPersonnel - Moses Gallart, Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Harmony Samuels, Producer, ComposerLyricist - Jose Cardoza, Asst. Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Carlos King, Engineer, StudioPersonnel

℗ 2012 Motown Records, a Division of UMG Recordings, Inc.

7
Be The One (Album Version)
00:03:45

Tor Erik Hermansen, ComposerLyricist - Mikkel S. Eriksen, Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel, ComposerLyricist - Miles Walker, Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel - PHIL TAN, Mixer, StudioPersonnel - Shaffer Smith, ComposerLyricist - StarGate, Producer - Ne-Yo, MainArtist - Mike Anderson, Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Daniela Rivera, Additional Mixer, StudioPersonnel

℗ 2012 Motown Records, a Division of UMG Recordings, Inc.

8
Stress Reliever (Album Version)
00:03:34

Shea Taylor, Producer, Guitar, AssociatedPerformer, ComposerLyricist - Shaffer Smith, ComposerLyricist - Ne-Yo, MainArtist - Kevin 'KD' Davis, Mixer, StudioPersonnel - Moses Gallart, Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Ramon Rivas, Asst. Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel

℗ 2012 Motown Records, a Division of UMG Recordings, Inc.

9
She Is (Album Version)
00:03:25

Luke Laird, Producer, Guitar, Drum Programmer, AssociatedPerformer, ComposerLyricist - Jeff Roach, Programmer - Tim McGraw, FeaturedArtist - BYRON GALLIMORE, Producer - Shaffer Smith, ComposerLyricist - Ne-Yo, MainArtist - Ryan Gore, Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Kevin 'KD' Davis, Mixer, StudioPersonnel - Moses Gallart, Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Jaymz Hardy-Martin, Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Stephen Allbritten, Engineer, StudioPersonnel

℗ 2012 Motown Records, a Division of UMG Recordings, Inc.

10
Carry On (Her Letter To Him) (Album Version)
00:03:56

Jesse Wilson, Producer, ComposerLyricist - Shaffer Smith, ComposerLyricist - CURTIS "SAUCE" WILSON, Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Ne-Yo, MainArtist - Kevin 'KD' Davis, Mixer, StudioPersonnel - Reginald Smith, Producer

℗ 2012 Motown Records, a Division of UMG Recordings, Inc.

11
Forever Now (Album Version)
00:03:40

Tor Erik Hermansen, ComposerLyricist - Mikkel S. Eriksen, Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel, ComposerLyricist - Bingo Players, Producer - Miles Walker, Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel - PHIL TAN, Mixer, StudioPersonnel - Shaffer Smith, ComposerLyricist - CURTIS "SAUCE" WILSON, Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel - StarGate, Producer - Ne-Yo, MainArtist - Allen Arthur, ComposerLyricist - Clayton Reilly, ComposerLyricist - Keith Justice, ComposerLyricist - Paul Baumer, ComposerLyricist - Maarten Hoogstraten, ComposerLyricist - Daniela Rivera, Additional Mixer, StudioPersonnel - Phatboiz, Producer, Co-Producer

℗ 2012 Motown Records, a Division of UMG Recordings, Inc.

12
Shut Me Down (Album Version)
00:03:40

Shaffer Smith, ComposerLyricist - Emanuel Kiriakou, Guitar, Keyboards, Programmer, AssociatedPerformer - Pat Thrall, Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Jens Koerkemeier, Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Ne-Yo, Producer, MainArtist - Kevin 'KD' Davis, Mixer, StudioPersonnel - Andrew Goldstein, Guitar, Keyboards, Programmer, AssociatedPerformer, ComposerLyricist - Moses Gallart, Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Emanuel "Eman" Kiriakou, Producer, ComposerLyricist - Andrew "Goldstein" Goldstein, Producer

℗ 2012 Motown Records, a Division of UMG Recordings, Inc.

13
Unconditional (Album Version)
00:04:36

Shaffer Smith, ComposerLyricist - Ne-Yo, MainArtist - Kevin 'KD' Davis, Mixer, StudioPersonnel - Moses Gallart, Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Ramon Rivas, Asst. Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Allen Arthur, ComposerLyricist - Clayton Reilly, ComposerLyricist - Keith Justice, ComposerLyricist - Kenneth Wright, AssociatedPerformer, Bass (Vocal) - Phatboiz, Producer

℗ 2012 Motown Records, a Division of UMG Recordings, Inc.

Album Description

Libra Scale was the first Ne-Yo release that failed to go platinum. The quasi-concept album didn't come close to making it halfway there. The singer and songwriter, however, wasn't on the brink of recording covers for Shanachie. The album's "Champagne Life" was long lasting on commercial radio, and featured spots on Pitbull's "Give Me Everything" (number one Hot 100), Young Jeezy's "Leave You Alone" (number three Hot R&B/Hip-Hop), and Calvin Harris' "Let's Go" (number 17, Hot 100) propped him up through the release of this, his first album for Motown -- the label employing him as Senior Vice President of A&R. Given Ne-Yo's success with Euro-flavored dance-pop and the continued marginalization of R&B, chances were slim that he would be inspired by his new label to stick to the latter genre. In terms of its place in the Motown legacy, R.E.D. is much closer to a modern-day Dancing on the Ceiling -- with several variations on the title track -- than In a Special Way. This is actually back-loaded with dance-pop; while the serviceable but indistinct "Let Me Love You" comes along early and the dance-pop/R&B hybrid "Be the One" leads the second half, the three-track closing stretch reveals dance-pop as the dominant style. Ne-Yo does not go through the motions, but the songs carry an air of "going about my job in a compliant, professional manner." There's a contemporary country duet co-written by Luke Laird (Carrie Underwood, Little Big Town, Eric Church) and co-sung by Tim McGraw, as well as an adult contemporary ballad. The highlights are all casual, subtle, finely detailed midtempo numbers and slow jams.
© Andy Kellman /TiVo

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