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B-Rocka's back!!! A solid record.,
This review is from: Afrodisiac (Audio CD)Brandy is back with a long awaited album and it does not disappoint. Brandy hits with a solid record that deserves a look from all r'n b fans. Brandy (in my eyes) is one of the most talented solo artists; her records are consistently good and despite not having the pipes of Aguilera or Beyonce, her voice has a quality that goes with any kind of melody.
Brandy's sound isn't entirely new, though very fresh and a lot more club and dance orientated than her past records and a lot more radio friendly and urban. As with her previous efforts, Brandy show cases her vocal production talents and provides some of the best harmonies and backing vocals ever heard on a record. The brilliantly epic "Finally" showcases this to the best effect.
This is a play right through record; every track has a unique quality and no 2 songs sounds alike, which is refreshing and a testament to Timbaland's productions skills as he delivers 9 of the 15 cuts on the album and none of the 9 sound alike. Aaliyah and Brandy fans who were scared Brandy would try to come off as 'Aaliyah like' with her newfound alliance with Timbaland are in for a shock. Brandy takes Tim's beat making talents and comes with something refreshing and new and the 2 of them combined never falter. As sad as it is that Rodney 'Darkchild' Jerkins ("What about us?" "The boy is mine") doesn't contribute to the mix; Tim does a more than stellar job here.
Afrodesiac opens with the beautiful "Who I am" which is an autobiographical look at Brandy's relationship with her ex-husband and baby's daddy and then leaks straight into the album's title track "Afrodesiac" which will get any club bangin' and get you on your feet and would make a storming single. The highlights are the old skool funk style of "Who is she 2 u", the Kanye produced "Where you wanna be", the dancehall tinged "Saddidy", the kick back flow of "I tried" and the Arabian-esque "Come as you are" which has HIT SINGLE and CLUB BANGER written all over it. If Brandy doesn't release this track, then she needs help. It is easily the records' best track and is the first time Brandy has come with an all out club record that radio would soak up completely, no doubt; thanks to Timbaland. And "Finally" is definitely the anthem of the album. Tim shouts "This is the Champion's song!" and I can't disagree, it's a brilliant track and beautifully sung and produced.
Coldplay also get shout outs as she sings lines from their song "Sparks" and Tim samples the piano from "Clocks" on the albums final track "Should I go."
Overall Brandy's album is a solid record and a must buy for Brandy fans or r'nb fans looking for something fresh and new. It is 100 times better than Miss Knowles efforts, however only time will tell if it garners the same volume of success. A must buy and essential listening!