Pure & Wholesome
No, Amerie's much better when it comes to belting out songs like "Gotta Work," which is one of the best songs on the album. It, and "Hate2LoveU," another song on Because I Love It, are basically updated versions of "1 Thing," complete with hard-thumping percussion and funky James Brown-style breaks.
But the album has its fair shre of pitfalls. "Crush" is nauseating bubblegum pop that sounds like it was written for - or by - a 13-year-old, instead of Amerie, who was born in January, 1978. "Crazy Wonderful," isn't much better, with it's lame, 1980s high school vibe.
But to her credit, despite her beef with Beyonce, Amerie is one of R&B's ultimate good girls. There's not a single profanity on Because I Love It, and not even a hint of vulgarness. And for that alone, she's deserves accolades. Although she comes across Pollyanna-ish on some songs, at least she's not trying to chase popular music trends or hop on bandwagons. Instead, she continues to cement her own identity in the music world. Her evolution into a vibrant, powerful singer is evident.
She's no Beyonce Knowles, but that's okay. She's Amerie Rogers, and that's enough.