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Musically, No Boys Allowed is an R&B album, which incorporates pop, soul, electro and dancehall into the songs.The album received mixed reviews from most music critics, and peaked at number eleven on the U. Billboard 200, selling 102,000 copies in its first week."I would like to higher than 35k - I mean anyone would...I saw a quote where she said it's not all about the numbers and I'm not really a chart reader, I don't look at charts.Because whilst working with Def-Jam he was nicknamed Ne-Yo from one of the staff he was friendly with.
Los Angeles Times writer Margaret Wappler commented that Hilson "is concerned with boundaries" and stated "nearly every song is cluttered with as much textural filigree as possible to distract from the absence of narcotic radio hooks".
Rolling Stone writer Rob Sheffield called the album "hit-or-miss, with failed attempts at pop crossover (the Timbaland collabo 'Breaking Point') and sub-Rihanna reggae moves", but noted "Pretty Girl Rock" and "The Way You Love Me" as "the high points [...] worth digging out".
Mikael Wood of Entertainment Weekly wrote that "this zigzagging sophomore disc...
On the album, Hilson is reunited with Timbaland and Polow da Don, who executively produced the album, as they did with her debut release.
Hilson also worked with several other producers and songwriters, including Ne-Yo, John Legend, Star Gate, Bei Maejor and Boi-1da, among others. Cole, Nelly, Kanye West and Timbaland all have featured guest vocals.