“Libra Scale” was the project to allow R&B’s Gentlemen NE-YO a chance to not only build upon his collection of smooth classic hits, but also the opportunity to release his inner dance vibe and try something a little different from his smoothed out melodic norm. The best example of this has to be the first released single “Beautiful Monster”! Although I will admit it took me awhile like some other fans to get used to hearing NE-YO with this up tempo dance vibe, it was refreshing and interesting to see an artist have the heart to step outside their comfort zone box of what we’re used to seeing them do.
“Champagne Life” on the other hand was a bit more of the conventional party record we’re probably used to hearing from NE-YO, as this nice feel good anthem puts listeners in the mood to want to hit the dance floor and party after a long hard work week lol! “One in a Million” is a very infectious mid tempo gem (and has a really cool entertaining video too I might add) that showcases NE-YO singing on what he does best, in showing his undying love and appreciation for a lady love. Other stand outs include “Makin a Movie” which shows a playful and bold NE-YO flexing his ladies man swagger (think Joe’s Love Scene off the All that I Am album or even NE-YO’s own “Mirror” off the In my own words debut album), a joint especially appreciated by those who keep things “creative” in the bedroom!
“Crazy Love” reunites NE-YO with “Make Me Better” partner Fabolous as they speak on the crazy state sometimes one can be in when in love (or infatuation) with someone! Very smooth laid back & easy flowing track (kind of reminiscent of Lauryn Hill’s “The Sweetest Thing”). But the gem of the album hands down has to be “Know your name” (which I can only hope he decides to release as the next single) which one can’t help but hear M.J.’s influence on NE-YO vocally all over this silky smooth track that’s instant satisfaction to the ears! “Genuine Only” is another enjoyable up-tempo track with a sweet melody that is a guaranteed head nodder as well.
I would say the biggest disappointment with “Libra Scale” (the only real drawbacks musically maybe 1 or 2 tracks Ex: “Cause I Said So” & “Telekinesis” which came off as a little outdated musically compared to some of the other higher quality tracks) was that the album was so short, at only 10 tracks! So it would have been nice to hear more incredibly smoothed out gems like “Know your name” or “One in a million” throughout this project. But hey maybe that’s just my preferential nitpicking opinion lol!
I still feel overall “Libra Scale” was a very enjoyable listening experience and album that fans can enjoy and appreciate. So on a scale of 1-5 (5 being the highest and 1 being the lowest) I give “Libra Scale 3 ½ stars! Till next time be safe and stay blessed!