"Murder My Heart" could be an indication of how Lady Gaga's music might sound had she pursued a more traditional power-pop route, as opposed to that of a Fame Monster. The piano-driven record suits Bolton well.Bolton said Gaga named the song. "I said to her, people are going to be so shocked by us collaborating, we have to do something that will just kill it," Michael told In Touch Weekly. "And she said, ‘Well how about, ‘Murder My Heart?' At first I said, 'I don't know-murder?' But then she insisted, 'Women will love it,' and I got it. She's a true artist."
Ne-Yo contributes vocals to Bolton's "Sign Your Name" which feels like a lost track from Santana's Supernatural album. The Ne-Yo penned "The Best" is a standout track, an undeniable mid-tempo ballad with a touch of Auto-Tune.
Bolton was impressed with Ne-Yo's artistry. "He's musically so well versed and possesses such a wide range I'm not sure an audience can always process it all!" he said on his official site. "He has an endless flow of great notes in his head. He hears harmonics that are definitely beyond the pop vernacular. I've seen him lay 20 tracks down in ten minutes, in perfect time with four part harmonies and counter parts beneath."Ne-Yo enjoyed working with Bolton. "I really gotta stop judging books by their cover," he told People after working with Bolton. "I was expecting him to be really up tight. But he wasn't. He was so relaxed, cool and down to earth."
Bolton, who has sold 53 million albums, founded his career on working with other artists. He has written with Bob Dylan, penned hits for KISS and Barbra Streisand, performed with Luciano Pavarotti and B.B. King, and been sampled by Kanye West.