I Don't Want You Back

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I Don't Want You Back
Studio album by Eamon
Released February 17, 2004
Recorded 2003
Genre R&B, hip hop
Length 48:55
Label Jive
Producer Milk Dee
Roy "Royalty" Hamilton
Eamon chronology
I Don't Want You Back
(2004)
Love & Pain
(2006)
Singles from I Don't Want You Back
  1. "Fuck It (I Don't Want You Back)"
    Released: November 24, 2003
  2. "I Love Them Ho's (Ho-Wop)"
    Released: July 26, 2004

I Don't Want You Back is the debut album by American R&B/hip hop singer Eamon, released in the United States on February 17, 2004. Produced by Milk Dee and Roy "Royalty" Hamilton, the album spawned two singles: "Fuck It (I Don't Want You Back)" and "I Love Them Ho's (Ho-Wop)". The album received generally mixed reviews from music critics who found the production by-the-numbers and felt that his potty-mouth gimmick wore thin. The album debuted at number seven on the Billboard 200 with first-week sales of 106,000 copies. According to Nielsen SoundScan, the album sold 353,000 copies in the United States by March 2004.

Reception[edit]

Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
AllMusic 2.5/5 stars[1]
Entertainment.ie 3/5 stars[2]
The Guardian 2/5 stars[3]
People 2.5/4 stars[4]
Q 3/5 stars[5]
Robert Christgau (dud)[6]
Rolling Stone 2/5 stars[7]
Slant Magazine 2.5/5 stars[8]
USA Today 1/4 stars[9]

I Don't Want You Back received generally mixed reviews from music critics who found the production by-the-numbers and felt that his potty-mouth gimmick wore thin. Johnny Loftus of AllMusic found a lot of filler in the album but said that it is "still quite promising, especially with such a statement-making single."[1] Entertainment.ie was mixed about the album's tracks with their depiction of women, concluding with "Eamon certainly has plenty of attitude and his album is undeniably good fun. But he also has a bit of growing up to do."[2]

Sal Cinquemani of Slant Magazine found Eamon's talent on the album limited, saying that the tracks that don't mix his dirty mouth with Motown and doo-wop melodies aren't "clever or well-constructed enough to transcend the misogyny and double-standards put on whorish display."[8] Robert Christgau perceived the album as neither a "dud" nor worthy of "honorable mention".[6] Elysa Gardner of USA Today criticized the album for its lack of humor or irony in the songs, saying that "Eamon makes Eminem look like a standard-bearer for feminists."[9]

Commercial performance[edit]

The album debuted at number seven on the Billboard 200 with first-week sales of 106,000 copies.[10] It dropped to number nine in its second week with sales dropping 31% to 73,000 copies.[11] By March 2004, the album has sold 353,000 copies in the United States.[12]

Track listing[edit]

No. Title Writer(s) Producer(s) Length
1. "Intro" (featuring Al Trautwig) Eamon Doyle, Mark Passy Mark Passy 0:15
2. "I Love Them Ho's (Ho-Wop)"   E. Doyle, Kirk Robinson, Al Dubin, Harry Warren Milk Dee, Eamon* 2:27
3. "Somethin' Strange" (featuring Rap Legend Milk Dee) E. Doyle, K. Robinson Milk Dee, Mark Passy 3:04
4. "On & On"   E. Doyle, K. Robinson, Yared Williams Milk Dee, Yared Williams 3:27
5. "Fuck It (I Don't Want You Back)"   E. Doyle, K. Robinson, M. Passy Milk Dee 3:45
6. "Get off My Dick!" (featuring Rap Legend Milk Dee) E. Doyle, K. Robinson, Y. Williams Milk Dee 3:42
7. "Girl Act Right"   E. Doyle, Roy Hamilton Roy "Royalty" Hamilton 3:05
8. "My Baby's Lost"   E. Doyle, K. Robinson, Y. Williams Milk Dee, Eamon* 2:59
9. "I Want You So Bad"   E. Doyle, K. Robinson, M. Passy Milk Dee, Mark Passy 3:30
10. "4 the Rest of Your Life"   E. Doyle, K. Robinson, Y. Williams Milk Dee, Yared Williams 4:06
11. "All Over Love"   Y. Williams, A. Brito Yared Williams, Milk Dee* 3:16
12. "Controversy"   E. Doyle, Y. Williams Yared Williams, Milk Dee* 3:54
13. "Lo Rida" (featuring N.O.R.E.) E. Doyle, Y. Williams, Victor Santiago Yared Williams 4:00
14. "I'd Rather Fuck with You"   Bootsy Collins, George Clinton, Jr., Gary Cooper Roy "Royalty" Hamilton 3:25
15. "Finally"   E. Doyle, V. Jeffrey Smith Milk Dee, V. Jeffrey Smith 4:00
  • (*) Denotes co-producer.
Sample credits
  • "I Love Them Ho's (Ho-Wop)", samples "I Only Have Eyes For You" performed by The Flamingos, and written by Al Dubin and Harry Warren.
  • "My Baby's Lost", samples "Top Billin'" performed by Audio Two, and written by Kirk Robinson.
  • "I'd Rather Fuck with you", samples "I'd Rather Be With You" performed by Bootsy Collins, and written by Bootsy Collins, George Clinton, Jr. and Gary Cooper.

Charts[edit]

Chart (2004) Peak
position
Australian Albums (ARIA)[13] 34
UK Albums (OCC)[14] 6
US Billboard 200[15] 7
US Top R&B/Hip-Hop Albums (Billboard)[16] 3


Personnel[edit]

Adapted from the I Don't Want You Back liner notes.[17]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b Loftus, Johnny. "I Don't Want You Back - Eamon". AllMusic. All Media Network. Retrieved June 6, 2012. 
  2. ^ a b "Music Review | Eamon - I Don't Want You Back". Entertainment.ie. May 12, 2004. Retrieved January 19, 2013. 
  3. ^ Sullivan, Caroline (April 30, 2004). "CD: Eamon, I Don't Want You Back". The Guardian. Guardian Media Group. Retrieved June 6, 2012. 
  4. ^ "Picks and Pans Review: I Don't Want You Back". People. Time Inc. March 8, 2004. Retrieved January 19, 2013. 
  5. ^ Album reviews at CD Universe
  6. ^ a b "Robert Christgau: CG: Eamon". Robert Christgau. Retrieved June 6, 2012. 
  7. ^ "CD Reviews". Rolling Stone. Wenner Media. Archived from the original on November 22, 2012. Retrieved July 7, 2007. 
  8. ^ a b Cinquemani, Sal (March 3, 2004). "Eamon: I Don't Want You Back | Album Review". Slant Magazine. Retrieved April 28, 2013. 
  9. ^ a b Gardner, Elysa (March 1, 2004). "Cee-Lo's 'Green' is gold; Black's 'Time' is well spent". USA Today. Gannett Company. Retrieved April 28, 2013. 
  10. ^ Martens, Todd (February 25, 2004). "Jones Remains At 'Home' At No. 1". Billboard. Prometheus Global Media. Retrieved December 3, 2014. 
  11. ^ Martens, Todd (March 3, 2004). "Norah Makes Comfy 'Home' At No. 1". Billboard. Prometheus Global Media. Retrieved December 3, 2014. 
  12. ^ Dreisinger, Baz (March 28, 2004). "Doo-wop hip-hop bops despite blips". Los Angeles Times. Austin Beutner. Retrieved December 3, 2014. 
  13. ^ "Eamon – I Don't Want You Back". Australiancharts.com. Hung Medien.
  14. ^ "Eamon | Artist | Official Charts". UK Albums Chart
  15. ^ "Eamon Album & Song Chart History" Billboard 200 for Eamon. Retrieved November 26, 2014.
  16. ^ "Eamon Album & Song Chart History" Billboard Top R&B/Hip-Hop Albums for Eamon. Retrieved November 26, 2014.
  17. ^ I Don't Want You Back (liner notes). Eamon. Jive. 2004.