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New Tunes - Ne-Yo's R.E.D.

Roses are red and so are too many album titles this year. First, Taylor Swift's not-country-but-pop album and now Ne-Yo's newest release. 

I've been listening to 'R.E.D.' for two days now. I'm trying really hard to love it. 

But that's just it, I'm trying really hard to love it...but I don't. 

Don't get me wrong! I like it; it's more of what we've come to expect from Ne-Yo. You would be hard-pressed to find another R&B singer that sings straight to the heart of a woman. Not to mention he's written songs for the best of the best (Beyonce, Mary J. Blige, Musiq Soulchild to name a few). 

He definitely knows what he's doing and sticks to his formula. There is a newness missing from R.E.D. He loops in a few dance tracks which seem forced. Other than that it's the same ole same ole. 

So, it's not a love, but definitely a like. And there are songs on the album I really recommend:

'Lazy Love' - I've been listening to this song for months and I can still let it play on repeat. It's a super sexy cut (complete with two video versions, one more X-rated than the other).

'Don't Make Em Like You' - This is sort of the sequel to Ne-Yo's 'Miss Independent'.  It has the same vibe as far as subject matter. It's a nice pat on the back for those of us without a ratchet side.

'Should Be You' - This one is a 90's flashback complete with verses from P. Diddy.

Even if I don't love it, 'R.E.D.' is for sure worth a listen or ten. What are you guys listening to these days?



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