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In Love & War is the the fourth studio album by American R&B singer-songwriter Amerie, released November 3, 2009 on Def Jam Recordings. Recording sessions for the album took place during 2008 to 2009 at Record Plant Studios in Hollywood, Californiamarker and at other recording studios in Miami, Floridamarker and Atlanta, Georgiamarker. The album serves as Amerie's first release after leaving Columbia Records and forming her own label, Feenix Rising, which released the album under exclusive license and distribution through the Island Def Jam Music Group.

The album debuted at number 46 on the U.S. Billboard 200 chart, selling 12,500 copies in its first week. Upon its release, In Love & War received generally positive reviews from music critics, based on an aggregate score of 78/100 from Metacritic.

Background

In January 2008, Entertainment Weekly reported that Amerie had left her record label, Columbia Records, and in April 2008, Amerie's name was removed from the label's roster. Recording sessions for the album took place during 2008 to 2009 at Record Plant Studios in Hollywood, Californiamarker, and at other recording studios in Miami, Floridamarker and Atlanta, Georgiamarker. On her official Twitter account, Amerie revealed that she had been secretly recording new music in Atlanta, Georgia, and that a late summer July/August release date was in the works, with a possible first single in late May or early June.

In multiple interviews, Amerie confirmed that Rich Harrison, who had produced her previous work, would not be contributing to the album. At the end of April, Amerie revealed on Twitter that the album's title to be changed from Breakups to Makeups to In Love & War. She also announced that the album's first single is "Why R U", which she cited with "Higher" as one of two of her favorite tracks from the album.

Music

Amerie has described the album's sound as "a fusion of hip hop, soul and old school rock". She spoke about the concept of In Love & War in an interview with The Green Magazine, stating:

The album features collaborations with rapper Fabolous and singer Trey Songz. The latter has a guest appearance on "Pretty Brown", a cover of R&B group Mint Condition's "Breakin' My Heart " (1991), retitled for inclusion of the official tracklist. The song was produced by Australian hip hop producer M-Phazes.

Release and promotion

After several delays of the album's release date in August and September, it was announced on August 13, 2009 that the album would be released in November 2009. Amerie had stated via her Twitter account that she was satisfied with the release date and that it has a special meaning to her. On September 27, 2009, Amerie premiered the album cover on her official Twitter page. In Love & War was released on November 3, 2009 in the United States under exclusive license by Amerie's own imprint label, Feenix Rising, which distributed it through the Island Def Jam Music Group.

Three singles were released in promotion of the album, including "Why R U" on June 15, 2009, "Heard 'Em All" on September 15, 2009, and "Pretty Brown" on October 20, 2009. Def Jam released a six-track album sampler containing snippets of "Higher", "Tell Me You Love Me", "Pretty Brown", and "Red Eye", as well full versions of "Heard 'Em All" and "Why R U", which had been remastered.

Reception

In the United States, the album debuted at number 46 on the Billboard 200 and at number 3 on the Top R&B/Hip-Hop Albums chart. By November 9, 2009, it had sold 12,421 copies in the U.S., resulting in sales of 12,500 in its first week. In Love & War also charted in the United Kingdom on the Top 40 RnB Albums at number 29 on November 15, 2009.

The album received generally positive reviews from music critics, based on an aggregate score of 78/100 from Metacritic. About.com's Mark Edward Nero gave it 3½ out of 5 stars and called it "a hip, energetic album that properly showcases her singing talent". Alex Denney of Yahoo! Music gave In Love & War a rating of 8/10 and commended Amerie for her "old-skool virtues" and sound, while calling the album "an exemplary exercise in R&B songwriting and performance, brim-full of verve, spark and vigour". Hot Press writer Patrick Freyne gave the album a rating of 3.5/5, writing "Amerie’s got the standard range and power of the production line diva but there’s also an appealingly raw, in need-of-some-Calpol-edge to her voice which gives everything that little bit more power". Despite writing favorably of its uptempo tracks, Rolling Stone s Christian Hoard gave the album 3 out of 5 stars and perceived its slower material as a weakness. However, Allmusic writer Andy Kellman gave the album 4 out of 5 stars and wrote favorably of its ballads, calling them "as well constructed as anything earlier in the set".

Track listing

  • All songs were co-written by Amerie.


Chart history

Chart (2009) Peak

position
U.K. R&B Albums Chart 29
U.S. Billboard 200 46
U.S. Billboard Top R&B/Hip-Hop Albums 3


Release history

Region Date Label(s) Format(s)
Worldwide September 16, 2009 Def Jam Recordings Album sampler
United States November 3, 2009 Feenix Rising, Def Jam CD, Digital download
Germany November 6, 2009 Def Jam Recordings
United Kingdom November 9, 2009 Mercury Records
Canada November 10, 2009
Japan November 11, 2009 Universal Japan
Poland November 12, 2009 Universal Music
Hong Kong November 20, 2009 Def Jam Recordings


References

  1. Amerie, The Green Magazine, 5 September 2009
  2. Previous Album Sales Chart: 11/09/2009. HITS Daily Double. Retrieved on 2009-11-27.
  3. Columnist. US Charts Review. Trace TV. Retrieved on 2009-11-27.
  4. In Love & War (2009): Reviews. Metacritic. Retrieved on 2009-11-05.
  5. Nero, Mark Edward. Review: In Love & War. About.com. Retrieved on 2009-11-06.
  6. Freyne, Patrick. Review: In Love & War. Hot Press. Retrieved on 2009-11-27.
  7. UK Top 40 RnB Albums: 15 November 2009. BBC Radio 1. Retrieved on 2009-11-27.
  8. http://www.billboard.com/search/?keyword=amerie&x=34&y=8#/album/amerie/in-love-war/1272784
  9. HMV UK release date, 3 September 2009
  10. In Love &War (CD) -Amerie. Retrieved 2009-11-7.
  11. AMERIE - IN LOVE & WAR. Retrieved 2009-11-7.


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