Feelings on Year of the Gentlemen
While I'm a huge Ne-Yo fan, know both previous albums down to the beat/breath, I was a bit off with this new album. Don't get me wrong, a lot of it is really good and catchy, "Closer" and "Miss Independent"(the two singles) are great. "Nobody" was very Michael, almost too much BUT the song stands out; you notice it, and move to it. "So You Can Cry" is borderline masterpiece, simple but so beautiful. "Stop This World" is a beautiful love song as well, really says how your feelings for another can really make everything else just become insignificant almost. "Single" stands out to me as well, not as much as "Nobody" but it is a nice song with a sweet talking feel.
However the rest of the album seems so melancholy, which for me is fine, I've listened to my fair share of Sinatra's "Wee Small Hours", "Drinking Again", and "One for My Baby" love them all but I think a lot of your(Ne-Yo) audience will be taken back by it, although you know this, you said be ready for a surprise.
Lyrically the album is beautiful(no surprise there) and vocally as well(or there), so I'll leave this sentence just standing in the middle of my post as is.
Overall I enjoy the album, I notice I keep going back to "Nobody" and "So You Can Cry" as my two favorites, one catchy and the other simply beautiful music, respectively. The direction the album is trying to take music is nice and needed, for too long music has been on the shoulders of 2-3 good artists for each decade with the others just making money not really caring what they have on the album. Props on the album, I enjoy every track there is on it, though honestly I could do without "Lie to Me" a bit repetitive but with this as, in my opinion the worst track on the album it still tops some artists' bests out there. If the album doesn't sell as well as the previous two I wouldn't be too offended, a lot of your audience(young, from high school to mid twenties) often don't take well to the darker side of emotion: sadness, depression, lonely, which several of your songs are based on. Sales don't always match quality.