Because I Love It
|Because I Love It|
|Studio album by Amerie|
|Released||May 14, 2007|
|Genre||R&B, funk, soul|
|Label||Columbia, Sony Urban|
|Producer||Lenny Nicholson (executive)
Amerie (executive and vocal)
Bryan-Michael Cox, The Buchanans, Cee-Lo, Quran Goodman, Destro, One Up, Chris & Drop, Mike Caren, Curtis "C Note" Richardson, Bink!, Kore & Bellek
|Singles from Because I Love It|
Because I Love It is the third studio album by American R&B recording artist Amerie. Originally set for a late 2006 release, and originally to be called None of the Above, the album was released in the United Kingdom on May 14, 2007. In the United States, the album was released to various retailers on different dates—it was made available as online exclusives for Walmart.com on July 3, 2007 and FYE on January 15, 2008, while its physical release did not materialise until September 30, 2008, by which point all future singles and promotion had been scrapped due to Amerie's departure from Columbia Records. As of 2009, worldwide sales stand at 307,000 copies sold according to IFPI tracking.
"Take Control" was the lead single from the album, and its music video debuted in the U.S. in December 2006. The song peaked on the Billboard Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs at number 66 but was considerably more successful overseas, reaching number 10 in the UK. The official remix featured South Korean pop singer SE7EN.
"Gotta Work" was released as the album's second single outside the U.S.. It was used to help promote TNT's coverage of the 2008 NBA All-Star Game in the U.S., and AXN Television in Asia. The single peaked at number 21 on the UK Singles Chart and number six on the UK R&B Singles Chart.
"Crush" was scheduled as the third single, but its release was cancelled. A remix of "Crush" produced by Johnny Douglas was intended to be used for the radio version of the single. Instead, "That's What U R" was released as the album's third single on a limited promotional-only basis. The radio version was a remix that added rap verses by Fabolous and Slim Thug; this version can be found on some Asian limited editions of Because I Love It.
Because I Love It received wide critical acclaim from various music critics. AllHipHop.com praised the album giving it 5 out of 5 stars, stating that Amerie has the "ability to convey excitement without sounding insane" but pointing out that "doesn’t fit neatly into any specific genre anyway, so she might as well leave the standard R&B fare to the army of standard R&B chicks available to sing them." Allmusic also praised the album; giving it 4½ out of 5 stars, stating that the album "lassoe[d] each song, whether it require[d] salt, sugar, heartache, delight, or any combination thereof." and further noting that "[s]he is the only female singer on the album, and hearing her backgrounds dance and swim around her leads is as moving as anything else in modern R&B".
Despite mixed criticism towards its ballads, Spin praised the album's sound and called it "R&B at its most dynamic". The Observer gave it a favorable review, writing "It's no classic, but the obligatory ballads are mercifully few, allowing a series of punchy, soulpowered tracks to shine". The Guardian gave it a 4 out of 5 stars while lauding Amerie as "one of the greatest singers in pop music" and that Because I Love It was a "spectacular work" because [Amerie] "catches the fleeting thrills and momentary rushes of intensity that permeate otherwise mundane days, and stretches those feelings out across four-minute songs without ever letting up." NME gave Because I Love It a rating of 7/10, describing it as "bar-raising pop" and calling it a "whip-smart collection of retro R&B that’s more Winehouse than Aguilera".
- Amerie co-wrote all of the songs on the album; additional writers are listed below.
|1.||"Forecast" (Intro)||Bob James, Chris Paultre, Derrick "Mayham" Braxton||Chris & Drop||1:10|
|2.||"Hate2LoveU"||George Brown, Ronald Bell, Claydes Smith, Robert Mickens, Richard Westfield, Dennis Thomas, Robert Bell, Gene Redd, Woodrow Sparrow, The Clutch||One Up||3:11|
|3.||"Some Like It"||Malcolm McLaren, Anne Dudley, Lenvert Nicholson||Amerie, Len Nicholson, Destro Music, Quran Goodman||2:56|
|4.||"Make Me Believe"||Curtis Mayfield||Amerie, Len Nicholson||3:22|
|5.||"Take Control"||Daryl Hall, John Oates, Sara Allen, Cee-Lo Green, Mike Caren, Tom Zé, Waldez||Mike Caren||3:42|
|6.||"Gotta Work"||Isaac Hayes, David Porter, Loren Hill, Rich Shelton, Kevin Veney||One Up||3:10|
|7.||"Crush"||Makeda Davis, Simon Johnson, Andre Gonzales||The Buchanans||3:39|
|8.||"Crazy Wonderful"||Johnson, Gonzales||The Buchanans||3:48|
|9.||"That's What U R"||Derrick Braxton, Chris Paultre||Chris & Drop||3:36|
|10.||"When Loving U Was Easy"||Curtis Richardson||Curtis Richardson||3:21|
|11.||"Paint Me Over"||Roosevelt Harrell, Willie Hutch||Bink!||4:12|
|12.||"Somebody Up There"||Bryan-Michael Cox||Bryan-Michael Cox||4:45|
|13.||"All Roads"||Alan Bergman, Marilyn Bergman, Richardson, Michel Legrand||Curtis Richardson||3:08|
|14.||"1 Thing"||Rich Harrison, Stanley Walden||Rich Harrison||3:59|
|15.||"Losing U"||Khaled Hadj Brahim||Kore & Bellek||3:26|
|16.||"Take Control" (Remix featuring Se7en East Asia Bonus track)||3:43|
|17.||"Streets Alone"||Chris Paultre, Derrick Braxton||Chris & Drop||4:17|
- "Forecast (Intro)" — "Farandole" by Bob James
- "Hate 2 Love U" — "Give It Up" by Kool & the Gang
- "Some Like It" — "World's Famous" by Malcolm McLaren
- "Make Me Believe" — reworked version of the Curtis Mayfield song by the same title
- "Take Control" — "Jimi Renda-Se" by Tom Zé and "You Make My Dreams" by Hall & Oates
- "Gotta Work" — "Hold On I'm Coming" by Mighty Dog Haynes
- "Paint Me Over" — "Mother's Theme (Mama)" by Willie Hutch
- "All Roads" — "How Do You Keep the Music Playing?" by James Ingram & Patti Austin
- "1 Thing" — "Oh, Calcutta" by the Meters
- "Losing U" — "Didi" by Khaled Hadj Brahim
|European Top 100 Albums||56|
|French SNEP Albums Chart||159|
|Irish Albums Chart||65|
|Japanese Oricon Albums Chart||13|
|Swiss Albums Chart||42|
|UK Albums Chart||17|
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