It’s a little sad that Ne-Yo’s last album, Libra Scale, didn’t sell as well as it was expected to. When it comes to today’s crop of singer/songwriters working in the pop/soul arena, the man born Shaffer Smith is certainly in a higher class than the Chris Browns and Ushers of the world. Actually, he’s a songwriter in the classic mold of a Smokey Robinson, maybe with a slightly more identifiable style.
Anyway, after a label switch (going from Def Jam to Motown) a massive pop/dance hit as a guest star on Pitbull’s “Give Me Everything,” and some film roles, Ne-Yo is back with the new single “Lazy Love.” This track has actually been out for a minute or so, but I haven’t gotten the chance to listen until now. Again, structurally, it’s a step ahead of the average pop/soul song-so it falls right in line with Ne-Yo’s previous work. He’s not reinventing the wheel, but it is nice to get a break from the thump-thump-thump and mindless lyricism of most pop music these days.
For some reason, the song also reminds me of TV On The Radio’s “I Was A Lover.” Ne-Yo going hipster? The guy can do anything!