Chris Stanford/Photography Inc.
Leah Greenblatt
September 16, 2008 AT 04:00 AM EDT

Year of the Gentleman

type
Music
Current Status
In Season
performer
Ne-Yo

We gave it an B+

Feeling unfulfilled by Usher’s musical offer — via summer smash ”Love in This Club” — to have sex in the nightlife venue of your choosing? Turned off by Chris Brown’s slick come-ons? Then girl, Ne-Yo wants to be your Gentleman. On his third disc in as many years, the 28-year-old Southerner with the Michael Jackson falsetto not only wears his heart on his sleeve, he lets it bleed down his (no doubt high-thread-count) cuff. From the let’s-hear-it-for-the-girl paean ”Miss Independent” to Year of the Gentleman‘s self-deprecating ”Why Does She Stay,” he clearly worships at the Church of the Lady Superior. But by the time he hits his stirring finale, ”Stop This World,” you’ll be ready to take him home to Mama. B+
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