Once again, Ne-Yo drops another chart-topper. The first single “Because of You” from his sophomore CD follows the Grammy-nominated singer's winning formula: It's sentimental and groovy. The second single, “Do You,” picks up where “So Sick” left off.
His only album guests are Jay-Z and Oscar winner Jennifer Hudson, impressive considering most of today's hip-hop and R&B albums are crammed with cameos.
The 25-year phenom is extremely gifted at capturing emotion, then delivering it in his soulfully sweet voice. Let's hope Ne-Yo has the longevity of any one of his idols: Prince, Stevie Wonder and Marvin Gaye.
—Jessica KoslowBecause of You is currently available