R.E.D. The sleek R&B crooner took a trip to Concept Album Island with 2010's ambitious Libra Scale , and while that was a nice diversion, it's… R.E.D. The sleek R&B crooner took a trip to Concept Album Island with 2010's ambitious Libra Scale , and while that was a nice diversion, it's… 2012-11-06 Ne-Yo R&B Motown Records
Music Review

R.E.D. (2012)

SMOOTH STYLINGS Ne-Yo's soul-pop grooves and casual hooks are a testament to his maturing sound
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SMOOTH STYLINGS Ne-Yo's soul-pop grooves and casual hooks are a testament to his maturing sound
EW's GRADE
A-

Details Release Date: Nov 06, 2012; Lead Performance: Ne-Yo; Genre: R&B; Production: Motown Records

The sleek R&B crooner took a trip to Concept Album Island with 2010's ambitious Libra Scale, and while that was a nice diversion, it's good to have him home. His easy charms work even (or especially) when he's singing about his own shortcomings; the rawer lyrics showcase a man who's maturing without making a fuss about it. Musically, R.E.D. leans mostly on easy soul-pop grooves, but ''She Is,'' a country-tinged collab with Tim McGraw, serves him well. It's all so smooth and casual, you'll think he recorded in his (no doubt, silk) pajamas. A-

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Originally posted Oct 31, 2012 Published in issue #1232-1233 Nov 09, 2012 Order article reprints
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