I’ll be honest. I wasn’t planning on seeing Disney’s new movie The Princess & The Frog. But I am planning on listening to every track Ne-Yo (a.k.a .the reigning King of R&B) releases, so imagine my surprise when I found myself listening to The Princess & The Frog soundtrack this morning for Ne-Yo’s latest offering Never Knew I Needed. Actually when you think about it, the pairing makes a lot of sense. Ne-Yo’s always classy style is the perfect fit to give Disney some updated R&B edge, and on Never Knew I Needed Ne-Yo proves that just because you’re writing for a kids’ movie doesn’t mean you can’t make grown-up music. Ne-Yo’s vocals soar over lush production and while the lyrics are certainly family friendly, they’re far from corny. All told, this might be one of the strongest testaments to his writing ability we’ve heard since Irreplaceable. The man might just have made it respectable to buy The Princess & The Frog Soundtrack when it drops November, 24.
Written by Nathan S. on 10/15/09
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