Ne-Yo, "Beautiful Monster"

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Ne-Yo comes to terms with the masochism in his relationship on his latest track, "Beautiful Monster." "You're a knife, sharp and deadly, and it's me that you're cutting to," he belts atop an intergalactic Stargate production. Unfortunately for the song's protagonist, the woman he loves is also the woman who torments him: "She's a monster, beautiful monster/Playing with my heart, and she's playing with my mind, but I don't mind." "Beautiful Monster" may not boast the profound lyricism of Ne-Yo's past hits ("Do You," "Because of You") or fully showcase his storytelling ability, but the beat's thumping bassline and the singer/songwriter's smooth voice make for a perfect combinatino on this summer hit in the making.--Mariel Concepcion