By Kundai Baureni
Just when fan thought that he was veering into the commercialized type of music, Neyo surprises fans by going back to his rnb roots with his fifth album titled R.E.D.
Neyo opens up the album with a song titled “Cracks in Mr. Perfect”, where he proceeds to sing about his imperfections and the flip side of fame. At the end of the track Neyo says that “perfection is just glorified opinion” and urges his fans to find beauty in their imperfections. The rest of the album follows a similar vein looking at some of the artist’s shortcomings.
R.E.D (Realizing Every Dream) follows 2010s Libra Scale that was not so well received by fans. The album was the first of Neyo’s albums to not go platinum as he made a foray into the pop/electric genre with songs such as “Let’s go” with Calvin Harris. The album was first titled Cracks in Mr. Perfect but later changed to R.E.D, which the artist said in the albums press release, “it came from me stepping outside myself, looking at my life as it is today and realizing that every dream that I’ve had from the day I decided I wanted to do music, every dream that I’ve had from then till now, I’m definitely on my way to realizing it”. The artist also said that this was an effort to get back to his roots.
This is the first album Neyo has released under the record label Motown Records, where he has been appointed the label’s vice president of A and R. This new album contains songs that crossover different genres, putting together elements of RnB, pop and dance. Neyo collaborates with quite a few well-known artists in this album such as Wiz Khalifa on “Don’t make em like you” and Tim McGraw on “She is”. In this album the artist dedicates one of the tracks “Alone with you” to his daughter Maddie.
Though the album contains a mixture of different genres, Neyo truly is going back to where he started and all the different kind of songs in this album add up to make for quite an interesting album. Showing fans that Neyo can truly do it all while still staying true to his roots.
Other tracks in the album