Ne-Yo Just Wants To Be A 'Good Man'

We've been waiting a good minute for Ne-Yo to finally get some buzz around his seventh studio album. The "She Knows" singer has released a few singles in anticipation of the project, including "Another Love Song" and "Earn Your Love." But, the best case for his upcoming project might be the title track, "Good Man."

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Over a sample of D’Angelo’s infamous “Untitled (How Does It Feel),” Ne-Yo shares promises about the man he aspires to be for the lady in his life. The song finds the crooner at the height of his R&B writing prowess. Check the line, “I wanna be chillin’ with Obama, talkin’ business / See you callin’, tell him, ‘Hold up, I gotta take this.” Or “Keep them legs shaken, makin’ love / And making sure you understand, that it’s in my plan / I just want to be a good man." He incorporates sweet nothings with playful humor without skipping a beat or note. Producer DJ Camper does a great job of sampling “Untitled.” He doesn't settle for recreating the song's signature bass guitar loop. Instead, he fuses elements of the track with old school R&B harmonies and finger snaps. The final result is an extra smooth slow jam.

The lyric video for the song is a pretty simple execution. It's basically the words to the song written like a love letter. We'll have to wait until the main video is released for some real theatrics. But, when the groove is this good, it doesn't take much to sell it.

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"Good Man" is proof that Ne-Yo can still whip up a good slow jam or club banger. Whether this translates to a good album remains to be seen. His last few long players have been mixed bags, especially the themed projects. His 2015 album Non-Fiction was based on real-life stories from fans. Meanwhile, 2010's Libra Scale saw Ne-Yo somewhat exploring the morality of money, power and fame versus love. Good Man will explore just that, the journey to being a good man for a good woman. If the title track is any sign of what’s coming with Ne-Yo’s much delayed seventh album, well, we'll say we're cautiously optimistic. 

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