Artist – Ne-Yo
Album – R.E.D.
Year – 2012
Genre – R&B/Pop
Usually, pop song lyrics and love seem to fall into the same old category and start to get old after a while. However, Ne-Yo’s “Let Me Love You” is not your conventional pop song, nor are the lyrics stale. Despite the “come on girl let me be your man” message, the song actually is very uplifting and seems to distance self from other songs that fall into that trope. Let’s take a closer look.
You all know I’m a sucker for piano, and the piano in the intro to this song sounds great. It echoes and creates this lush, flowing texture that underlines the whole beginning of the song. Ne-Yo’s voice doesn’t sound modified and he sings well. The way he sings the verses is unlike anything I’ve heard, as the rhythm is strange and it’s very free form, but the words still manage to fit perfectly.
The chorus is the star of the show. It’s gorgeously written, and the melody is wonderful and utterly catchy. Thanks to Ne-Yo’s good friend (and fellow star) Sia for helping out with this melody. The lyrics themselves are more positive and proclaim that loving yourself is important, but someone else showing you true love is just as important in life. The whole thing is just triumphant and Ne-Yo sings for the heavens on this one. His voice is smooth and rich, and each note flows perfectly into the next.
Now what’s this? Eurodance synths? Yes indeed they are, and they add a distinct European flavor to the song, which is probably why I like it. Personal preference aside, it is quite refreshing to hear a different style than the normal American pop song in this track, and I think it makes the song more danceable and makes it pop.
Ne-Yo ups the stakes as he continues to pour it on during each subsequent chorus and carries straight to the end, combining the breakdown with the chorus for a well constructed and satisfying end. The song is pretty normally structured, but the uplifting lryics, beautiful chorus and Eurodance synths are worth it and make this song a refreshing change of pace from the norm.
When you can have an infectious chorus, a great singer, and atypical “let me be your man” lyrics, you get a great pop song, and here it is. Other artists take notice, because this one stands out, and that’s essential for you to make it to the top.
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