Review Roundup: Ne-Yo – ‘Year of the Gentleman’

Ne-Yo’s third album Year of the Gentleman arrives in stores and online on Tuesday. Find out what the critics are saying…

Entertainment Weekly: 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. B+

Rolling Stone: Beyond its genuine lyrics, Gentleman also proves that Ne-Yo is a brilliant pop omnivore, gifted with a silky voice and an ability to pull everything from the Beatles to Stevie Wonder to clubland synths under his sonic umbrella. 4 out of 5

Los Angeles Times: It’s no surprise that Ne-Yo sings about women on his excellent third album, Year of the Gentleman: The Arkansas native is one of the brightest lights in R&B… 3 1/2 out of 4

The New York Times: Amid the programmed, hermetic patterns, Ne-Yo sounds isolated and needy, like a sweet, affectionate guy just waiting to be rescued. Among current pop postures it’s downright endearing.

Rap-Up’s Favorite Tracks: “Single,” “Miss Independent,” “Back to What You Know”