I Don't Want You Back

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I Don't Want You Back
Eamon i dont want you back album cover.jpg
Studio album by
ReleasedFebruary 17, 2004
Recorded2003
GenreR&B[1]
Length48:55
LabelJive
ProducerMilk 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 singer Eamon, released in the United States on February 17, 2004. Produced by Milk Dee and Roy "Royalty" Hamilton, the album spawned two singles which combined modern hip hop with classic doo wop: "Fuck It (I Don't Want You Back)" and "I Love Them Ho's (Ho-Wop)". The album garnered a mixed reception from critics who found the production too predictable, and the repeated profanity wearing. The album debuted at number seven on the Billboard 200 with first-week sales of 106,000 copies. It was certified Gold by the RIAA for selling over 500,000 copies.

Reception[edit]

Critical reception[edit]

Professional ratings
Review scores
SourceRating
AllMusic2.5/5 stars[2]
Entertainment.ie3/5 stars[3]
The Guardian2/5 stars[4]
People2.5/4 stars[5]
Q3/5 stars[6]
Robert Christgau(dud)[7]
Rolling Stone2/5 stars[1]
Slant Magazine2.5/5 stars[8]
USA Today1/4 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."[2] Entertainment.ie was mixed about the album's tracks with their depiction of women, concluding that "Eamon certainly has plenty of attitude and his album is undeniably good fun. But he also has a bit of growing up to do."[3] Rob Kemp of Rolling Stone said he saw promise in Eamon through the album's competent R&B production and the track "I Love Them Ho's (Ho-Wop)," concluding that "you wonder if this modestly gifted kid has something special inside him that perhaps Kanye West or R. Kelly could coax out."[1]

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] Despite praising Eamon's vocals, the album's beats and guest rap appearances, Caroline Sullivan of The Guardian found the swearing crooner gimmick throughout the album wearing thin before it even ended.[4] Robert Christgau graded the album as a "dud",[7] indicating "a bad record whose details rarely merit further thought."[10] Elysa Gardner of USA Today criticized the album for its lack of humor or irony throughout the tracklist, 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.[11] It dropped to number nine in its second week with sales dropping 31% to 73,000 copies.[12] It was certified Gold by the RIAA for selling 591,000 copies.[13]

Track listing[edit]

No.TitleWriter(s)Producer(s)Length
1."Intro" (featuring Al Trautwig)Eamon Doyle, Mark PassyMark Passy0:15
2."I Love Them Ho's (Ho-Wop)"E. Doyle, Kirk Robinson, Al Dubin, Harry WarrenMilk Dee, Eamon*2:27
3."Somethin' Strange" (featuring Rap Legend Milk Dee)E. Doyle, K. RobinsonMilk Dee, Mark Passy3:04
4."On & On"E. Doyle, K. Robinson, Yared WilliamsMilk Dee, Yared Williams3:27
5."Fuck It (I Don't Want You Back)"E. Doyle, K. Robinson, M. PassyMilk Dee3:45
6."Get off My Dick!" (featuring Rap Legend Milk Dee)E. Doyle, K. Robinson, Y. WilliamsMilk Dee3:42
7."Girl Act Right"E. Doyle, Roy HamiltonRoy "Royalty" Hamilton3:05
8."My Baby's Lost"E. Doyle, K. Robinson, Y. WilliamsMilk Dee, Eamon*2:59
9."I Want You So Bad"E. Doyle, K. Robinson, M. PassyMilk Dee, Mark Passy3:30
10."4 the Rest of Your Life"E. Doyle, K. Robinson, Y. WilliamsMilk Dee, Yared Williams4:06
11."All Over Love"Y. Williams, A. BritoYared Williams, Milk Dee*3:16
12."Controversy"E. Doyle, Y. WilliamsYared Williams, Milk Dee*3:54
13."Lo Rida" (featuring N.O.R.E.)E. Doyle, Y. Williams, Victor SantiagoYared Williams4:00
14."I'd Rather Fuck with You"E. Doyle, Bootsy Collins, George Clinton, Jr., Gary Cooper, Eazy-ERoy "Royalty" Hamilton3:25
15."Finally"E. Doyle, V. Jeffrey SmithMilk Dee, V. Jeffrey Smith4:00
  • (*) 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 and "I'd Rather Fuck You" performed by N.W.A., and written by Eazy-E.

Personnel[edit]

Adapted from the I Don't Want You Back liner notes.[14]

Charts[edit]

Certifications[edit]

Region Certification Certified units/Sales
United Kingdom (BPI)[21] Gold 100,000^
United States (RIAA)[22] Gold 591,000[13]

*sales figures based on certification alone
^shipments figures based on certification alone

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c Kemp, Rob (March 10, 2004). "I Don't Want You Back : Eamon : Review". Rolling Stone. Wenner Media. Archived from the original on October 2, 2007. Retrieved June 6, 2012.
  2. ^ a b Loftus, Johnny. "I Don't Want You Back - Eamon". AllMusic. Retrieved June 6, 2012.
  3. ^ a b "Music Review | Eamon - I Don't Want You Back". Entertainment.ie. May 12, 2004. Retrieved January 19, 2013.
  4. ^ a b Sullivan, Caroline (April 30, 2004). "CD: Eamon, I Don't Want You Back". The Guardian. Guardian Media Group. Retrieved June 6, 2012.
  5. ^ "Picks and Pans Review: I Don't Want You Back". People. Time Inc. March 8, 2004. Retrieved January 19, 2013.
  6. ^ "Eamon Rap - I Don't Want You Back CD Album". CD Universe. Retrieved January 19, 2013.
  7. ^ a b Christgau, Robert. "CG: Eamon". RobertChristgau.com. Retrieved June 6, 2012.
  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. ^ Christgau, Robert (2000). "Key to Icons". RobertChristgau.com. Retrieved February 5, 2016.
  11. ^ Martens, Todd (February 25, 2004). "Jones Remains At 'Home' At No. 1". Billboard. Prometheus Global Media. Retrieved December 3, 2014.
  12. ^ Martens, Todd (March 3, 2004). "Norah Makes Comfy 'Home' At No. 1". Billboard. Prometheus Global Media. Retrieved December 3, 2014.
  13. ^ a b "Eamon Sharing 'Pain' On Sophomore Album". Billboard. Prometheus Global Media. June 13, 2006. Retrieved May 7, 2015.
  14. ^ I Don't Want You Back (liner notes). Eamon. Jive. 2004.CS1 maint: others (link)
  15. ^ "Australiancharts.com – Eamon – I Don't Want You Back". Hung Medien.
  16. ^ "Eamon | Artist | Official Charts". UK Albums Chart.
  17. ^ "Eamon Chart History (Billboard 200)". Billboard. Retrieved November 26, 2014.
  18. ^ "Eamon Chart History (Top R&B/Hip-Hop Albums)". Billboard. Retrieved November 26, 2014.
  19. ^ "Year-End Charts: Billboard 200 Albums - 2004". Billboard. Prometheus Global Media. Retrieved May 7, 2015.
  20. ^ "Year-End Charts: R&B/Hip-Hop Albums - 2004". Billboard. Prometheus Global Media. Archived from the original on July 19, 2015. Retrieved May 7, 2015.
  21. ^ "British album certifications – Eamon – I Don't Want You Back". British Phonographic Industry. Retrieved May 7, 2015. Select albums in the Format field. Select Gold in the Certification field. Type I Don't Want You Back in the "Search BPI Awards" field and then press Enter.
  22. ^ "American album certifications – Eamon – I Don't Want You Back". Recording Industry Association of America. Retrieved May 7, 2015. If necessary, click Advanced, then click Format, then select Album, then click SEARCH.