Tuesday, December 21, 2004

Brandy, Never Say Never (1998)

On the heels of the hip and highly successful sitcom, Moesha, Brandy comes at her fans with Never Say Never. The Boy is Mine, featuring Monica, banged for the whole year and Brandy was on Top of the World as described in the Mase verse who featured on the track back in the 9 8. The girl that always wanted to be "down" was certainly flying high by now.

The album's opening track, Angel in Disguise, infuses Brandy's sultry grown woman voice with hip-hoppish synthesized bass and a harp somewhere in there. The result is a meaningfully done joint about a deceptive woman who "left you in the rain." Go figure.

Have You Ever is one of the album's more popular tracks, to this day. The chorus says it all, with Brandy crooning "Have you ever loved somebody so much it makes you cry/ have you ever needed something so bad you can't sleep at night/ have you ever tried to find the words but they don't come out right..." As you can imagine, it's coolest with all the ladies, a typical love song. Many a baby owe its creation to track number 10, I'm sure.

One Voice is a typical song on this album. It embodies the whole album as sort of a retro to the slow jams of the early 90's and maybe late 80's. Here Brandy sings in what sounds like a choir in typical gospel-like fashion. The overall theme is love, peace and harmony. It's slow and is accompanied by a piano.

Brandy's Never Say Never is a slow jam album in a hip-hop package. What with the singles being so uptempo and Brandy's image on her sitcom being so young and contemporary, you don't expect to get such a soulful and solemn album.

Rating: 7 Gold Teefs
Buy or Copy: Nothing groundbreaking here, copy.


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