Because I Love It

Because I Love It is the third studio album by American R&B/funk singer Amerie.

Because I Love It has been two years in the making. Originally set for an autumn 2006 release, and originally to be called None of the Above, the album was released on May 14 2007 in the United Kingdom.

The album was released to the US on different dates to various retailers. The album was made available as online exclusives for on July 3rd, 2007 and FYE on January 15th, 2008, while it's physical release didn't hit US markets until September 30th, 2008.

All future singles and promotion had been scrapped due to Amerie no longer being signed on to Sony/BMG.

Critical reception

Because I Love It received wide critical acclaim from various music critics. praised the album giving it 5/5 stars, stating that Amerie has the "ability to convey excitement without sounding insane" but pointing out that "doesn’t fit neatly into any specific genre anyway, so she might as well leave the standard R&B fare to the army of standard R&B chicks available to sing them. Allmusic also praised the album ; giving it 4 and a half out of 5 stars, calling it "unintentionally emblematic", while stating that the album "lassoes each song, whether it requires salt, sugar, heartache, delight, or any combination thereof." and further noting that "[s]he is the only female singer on the album, and hearing her backgrounds dance and swim around her leads is as moving as anything else in modern R&B..The Guardian gave it a 4/5 stars while lauding Amerie as "one of the greatest singers in pop music" and that Because I Love It was a "spectacular work" because [Amerie} "catches the fleeting thrills and momentary rushes of intensity that permeate otherwise mundane days, and stretches those feelings out across four-minute songs without ever letting up.

Track listing

# Title Producer(s) Time
1 "Forecast (Intro)" Chris & Drop 1:12
2 "Hate2LoveU" One Up, co-produced by Amerie and Len Nicholson 3:13
3 "Some Like It" Amerie, Len Nicholson, additional production by Quran Goodman & Destro 2:57
4 "Make Me Believe" Amerie, Len Nicholson, The Buchanans 3:22
5 "Take Control" Mike Caren, additional production by Cee-Lo Green, Amerie and Len Nicholson 3:42
6 "Gotta Work" One Up 3:10
7 "Crush" The Buchanans 3:40
8 "Crazy Wonderful" The Buchanans 3:49
9 "That's What U R" Chris & Drop 3:38
10 "When Loving U Was Easy" Curtis "C Note" Richardson 3:22
11 "Paint Me Over" Bink!, additional production by Amerie 4:14
12 "Somebody Up There" Bryan-Michael Cox 4:46
13 "All Roads" Curtis C Note Richardson 3:08
UK bonus tracks
# Title Producer(s) Time
14 "1 Thing" Rich Harrison 4:01
15 "Losing U" Kore & Bellek 3:26
East Asian edition (Korea, Japan & China) bonus tracks
# Title Producer(s) Time
16 "Take Control" [remix] featuring Se7en Mike Caren, additional production by Cee-Lo Green, Amerie and Len Nicholson 3:43
17 "Streets Alone" Chris & Drop 4:17

Samples credits


The first single from the album was "Take Control", which had its video debut in the U.S. on January 15, 2007. The second single, released in Europe only, was the uptempo track "Gotta Work". The track was also featured in spots for the NBA and AXN television.

The third single, released in Japan only, was "That's What U R", featuring additional recorded raps by rappers Fabolous and Slim Thug.


Chart (2007) Peak
European Top 100 Albums 56
Japanese Oricon Albums Chart 13
UK Albums Chart 17


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