Release date: October 16, 2012
[Sigh!] Where do I begin and end with this album review, hold on tight to your seats. This captain is pissed.
I’ve been looking forward to Brandy’s album return. There are not enough adjectives in the Oxford dictionary to describe the atrocity and all kinds of fail that is this album. Folks, I’m not soft with my reviews, sorry to grate your nerves. I believe in writing a review free of bias, and unadulterated in opinion. When I asked Kai for hers she did not hesitate to state, “It is not worth bootlegging. It is the kind of album one doesn’t care if it leaks before release date, because it is just yeah…..”[loss of words]. She even called Jesus, then summoned Him back immediately to His seat in glory, for His help could not restore her faith in this album. Woah!
Intro Oi. It hurts to listen. Kai asks, “why is there a robot as an opener?” It did not set the mood, if anything it set the ball rolling for lots question about production. It sounded like a droid commercial [OUCH!]. My question is, why was Sean Garrett lying to Brandy, this was that kind of banger that would make us lose our minds? Absolutely horrendous! It is such a turn off…and does nothing for the transition.
Wildest Dreams In this song, Brandy is amazed by the amount of love she is receiving from her boo, even going as far as questioning God why she is deserving of this blessing. [Kai] Thought they [producers] were trying to capture a 90s feel but, it’s missing her, or what we used to like in her. She used to have honey like harmonies, during the verses, you’d hear the harmonies. But the song comes up empty, emotionless, and unfinished. There was a positive turn though, it has a catchy hook. [Ms. EY’s reaction] Oh Jesus!
So Sick-Is a follow up of her wildest dreams. She is so full of love that she is overwhelmed. Her signature harmonies, make a debut in this single, but are not strong enough to hold our attention for long. The hook makes up for it, yet again.
The transition to Slower was really dope. Ya’ll remember she was feeling overwhelmed? Now, she suggests that they take it slow instead, which I think is great advice. Word to the wise, ‘Hurry hurry has no blessings’.
No Such Thing As Too Late [Kai] It is a 90s influenced groovy song! We both agree, it is the best song on the album. In it she sultry sings there is no need to rush love, because love is always there or something along those lines. Here, we can see that in terms of production and content, the aliens that had abducted her prior were paid their ransom, and she was released to us. She is basically free to give us Brandy vocals without unnecessary vocal corrections, effects, and tribulations for our ears.
Let Me Go: Because of the numerous effects on this song, we had to strain our ears to hear the words. As Kai described the bullshiggidy it was noisy, very messy, off balance and just overall a turn off. The theme, however, is still held on, as she still wants to take it slow but she doesn’t want to end things. Our research revealed that this track interpolates [refers to an abrupt change in musical element from the main theme] Tonight by Swedish pop singer, Lykke Li. So Kai’s qustion was why did they intertwine a pop song with an RnB song, that are so far apart in every thinkabale way. The results, plainly put by Ms. Ey, are disastrous!
Without You It seems to us that they have parted ways with her boo thang, in this song. But, she is still very fond of him as evidenced by her constant reiteration of her need for him. This is another signature Brandy cut, produced by Harmony Samuels.
Put It Down [feat Chris Brown]: It is a lively song, danceable to, but it doesn’t make my heart bubble, at all. Kai asserted that this song, it only made it to the RnB top 10 because of CBreeezy’s presence, Ouch!!
Hardly Breathing: She is heartbroken. Thankfully, this is an old school joint that is heartfelt, and sincere in emotion. Kai, wanted to reach out and hug her. This was the song she connected the most emotionally.
Do You Know What You Have: [This was a waste of album space]
Scared of Beautiful: This song was chosen haphazardly to appear on this album. It is hard to interpret, and sounds a bit too intense for this album. Oh my gosh, tired of typing……it’s that bad, not the song, the album.
Wish Your Love Away That song samples a Japanese song by Ryuichi Sakamoto. In this spot she did not care so much. It’s a noisy, very but nonetheless, a good song. Brandy’s voice is drowned out, and I literally had to strain to listen.
Paint This House At this point, I’m tired, I tuned out….somebody help us! Call the doctor is ova!
In terms of production, Sean Garret killed Brandy on this album, like completely put her six feet under. Fans, myself included, I’m sorry-but this album “sucks ass” to borrow the words of one of our commenters, lool!! This review is based solely on our collective thoughts. Having waited for Brandy to drop an album for a long time, I’m disappointed. She took a risk, well worth, but failed to execute. The strategy from an outsider’s perspective, was experimental in nature in a bid to keep up with the untalented youngins, who primarily rely on auto-tune and heavy instrumentation. It is great to explore different avenues and diversify one’s portfolio, but what would have been better in her case, is the employing the use of a different production team!
This team, in my opinion is better suited for the likes of Florida, Pitbull, Rihanna, David Guetta, et. al. Brandy to me is just a timeless artiste, with no need for gimmicks.
Rating: [-1 to the nth power. ]
1. Intro 2. Wildest Dreams 3. So Sick 4. Slower 5. No Such Thing As Too Late 6. Let Me Go 7. Without You 8. Put It Down (feat. Chris Brown) 9. Hardly Breathing 10. Do You Know What You Have? 11. Scared of Beautiful 12. Wish Your Love Away 13. Paint This House 14. Can You Hear Me Now? 15. Music 16. What You Need 17. Nodding Off 18. Outro
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