Love Me Back (album)

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Love Me Back
Jazmine Sullivan - Love Me Back.jpg
Studio album by
ReleasedNovember 29, 2010 (2010-11-29)
Jazmine Sullivan chronology
Love Me Back
Reality Show
Singles from Love Me Back
  1. "Holding You Down (Goin' in Circles)"
    Released: July 10, 2010
  2. "10 Seconds"
    Released: October 15, 2010

Love Me Back is the second studio album by American R&B singer Jazmine Sullivan, released on November 29, 2010, by J Records. Sullivan co-wrote the album with producers Missy Elliott, Ne-Yo, No I.D., Los da Mystro, and Salaam Remi, among others.

The album debuted at number 17 on the Billboard 200 and sold 57,000 copies in its first week. It produced two singles, including the lead single "Holding You Down (Goin' in Circles)", which peaked at number three on the Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs chart. Love Me Back received universal acclaim from music critics, who praised its songwriting and Sullivan's singing.


The album is the follow-up to Sullivan's debut album Fearless (2008), which was well received by music critics, sold 517,000 copies, and earned Sullivan seven Grammy Award nominations.[1] Recording sessions for the album took place at various recording locations, including Carrington House Studios, Goldmind Studios, and Lostas Studi in Atlanta, Georgia, CNSO Recording Studio in Czech Republic, Cutting Room Studios, Germano Studios, KMA Studios, and MSR Studios in New York, New York, Instrument Zoo in Miami, Florida, Metropolis Studios in London, Waya Flow Studios and Westlake Studios in Los Angeles, California, Strawberrybee Studios in California, and The Studio in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.[2]

Marketing and sales[edit]

Love Me Back was released by J Records on November 29, 2010, in the United Kingdom,[3] November 30 in the United States,[4] and December 8 in Japan.[5] Prior to its release, Sullivan accompanied R&B recording artist Mary J. Blige on the latter's Music Saved My Life concert tour during October 2010.[6][7] Love Me Back was also promoted with two singles: "Holding You Down (Goin' in Circles)" was released on July 10,[8] and "10 Seconds" on October 15.[9] The album's cover was premiered on September 21, 2010 and features Sullivan dressed in all black, leaning against a vintage model Chevrolet Impala, a reference to her hit single "Bust Your Windows".[10]

Love Me Back debuted at number 17 on the Billboard 200 chart, with first-week sales of 57,000 copies in the United States.[11] It also entered at five on Billboard's R&B/Hip-Hop Albums and at number 12 on its Digital Albums chart.[12][13] The album ultimately spent six weeks on the Billboard 200.[14]

Critical reception[edit]

Professional ratings
Review scores
AllMusic5/5 stars[15]
Entertainment WeeklyB+[16]
The Guardian4/5 stars[17]
Los Angeles Times3/4 stars[18]
MSN Music (Expert Witness)A–[19]
The Philadelphia Inquirer3.5/4 stars[20]
Rolling Stone3/5 stars[21]
Slant Magazine3.5/5 stars[22]
USA Today3.5/4 stars[24]

Love Me Back was met with widespread critical acclaim. At Metacritic, which assigns a normalized rating out of 100 to reviews from professional critics, the album received an average score of 82, based on 11 reviews.[25]

Reviewing for AllMusic, Andy Kellman said the album "sprawls and stuns in equal measure".[15] In Spin magazine, Maura Johnston found Sullivan "both feisty and classy",[23] while Michael Cragg of The Guardian said her singing is marked by experience and accommodates each song.[17] Jon Pareles, writing in The New York Times, said Sullivan sounds "narrow and jagged" on the album, "with more grain and more tears as she applies gospel dynamics to her venting".[26] New York magazine's Nitsuh Abebe described her voice as "warm, well-textured, and big — authentically, naturally big", and stated, "the warmth and weight of the songwriting and production live up to the singing".[27] Alex Macpherson of The Quietus commended Sullivan for "letting [her] ideas run riot while staying true to genre values" on the "most creative R&B album of the year".[28] In his review for MSN Music, Robert Christgau felt that the songwriting is "a big extra difference maker, with enough pop moves to lighten the overall mood" amid "the soulful melodrama". He believed Sullivan role-plays "with unflinching intelligence" on each song and, although the lyrics could be based on personal history, "it's simpler just to wish every pro was such an astute student of the female condition."[19]

Some reviewers were less receptive. Jon Dolan of Rolling Stone expressed ambivalence about Sullivan's decision to play "a little nicer, adhering to the Mary J. Blige school of gritty, nuanced hip-hop soul".[21] Slant Magazine's Sal Cinquemani felt that the album "fails to reprise many of its predecessor's themes or explore any overarching new ones".[22] Margaret Wappler of the Los Angeles Times said that Sullivan "walks herself to the precipice of emotion without falling off", but lamented what she believed to be not enough "experimentation".[18]

Track listing[edit]

1."Holding You Down (Goin' in Circles)"3:36
2."10 Seconds"
3."Good Enough"Chuck Harmony4:02
4."Don't Make Me Wait"Los da Mystro3:29
5."Love You Long Time"
  • Remi
  • Sullivan
  • Anthony Bell
  • Steve McKie
  • Sullivan
7."Excuse Me"
  • Elliott
  • Lamb
  • Sullivan
8."U Get on My Nerves" (featuring Ne-Yo)3:53
  • Gad
  • Remi
11."Luv Back"
  • Elliott
  • Lamb
  • Quame Riley
  • Sullivan
iTunes bonus track[29]
12."In Vain" (pre-order only)Ewing, Randolph, Sullivan, WilsonAnthony Bell4:03
Japan bonus track[5]
12."Catalogue Girl"Ivan Barias, Carvin Haggins, Johnnie Smith, SullivanCarvin & Ivan3:23


  • ^[a] denotes vocal producer


Credits are adapted from AllMusic.[30]


Weekly charts[edit]

Chart (2015) Peak
US Billboard 200[31] 17
US Top R&B/Hip-Hop Albums (Billboard)[32] 5

Year-end charts[edit]

Chart (2011) Position
US Top R&B/Hip-Hop Albums (Billboard)[33] 43

Release history[edit]

List of release dates, showing region, formats, label, and reference
Region Date Format(s) Label Ref
United Kingdom November 29, 2010 RCA
United States November 30, 2010
Japan December 8, 2010


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  16. ^ Maerz, Melissa (November 24, 2010). "Review: Love Me Back". Entertainment Weekly. Time Inc. Retrieved November 27, 2010.
  17. ^ a b Cragg, Michael (November 25, 2010). "Review: Love Me Back". The Guardian. Guardian Media Group. Retrieved November 27, 2010.
  18. ^ a b Wappler, Margaret (November 30, 2010). "Review: Love Me Back". Los Angeles Times. Tribune Company. Retrieved November 30, 2010.
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  21. ^ a b Dolan, Jon (November 30, 2010). "Review: Love Me Back". Rolling Stone. Wenner Media. Retrieved February 25, 2011.
  22. ^ a b Cinquemani, Sal (November 23, 2010). "Review: Love Me Back". Slant Magazine. Retrieved November 27, 2010.
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  24. ^ Gardner, Elysa (November 30, 2010). "Review: Love Me Back". USA Today. Gannett Company. Retrieved November 30, 2010.
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  27. ^ Abebe, Nitsuh (December 8, 2010). Review: Love Me Back. New York. Retrieved on 2010-12-08.
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  33. ^ "R&B/Hip-Hop Albums: Best of 2011". Billboard. Retrieved January 31, 2020.

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