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Fearless

Jazmine Sullivan

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Album Review

Up to the moment when Fearless was released, it was not easy to gauge which path Jazmine Sullivan would take. Jive spent three years trying to figure it out and dropped her before any material officially surfaced. She co-wrote a number four club hit ("Say I") for Christina Milian, recorded with Kindred the Family Soul and Fantasia, contributed adult-oriented R&B tracks to a handful of low-key compilations, signed to J, and notched a number one R&B/hip-hop single with the yearning/swaggering "Need U Bad." Was she a pop songwriter, a young member of the "grown folks R&B" division, or a young Lauryn Hill? Charting all her moves, it seemed like she was trying out a number of styles to find some footing, but with Fearless, it is clear she is comfortable in each mode. Within the span of 45 minutes, Sullivan switches between a number of tacks, both stylistically and emotionally, each one flush with conviction, and not just for the sake of variety. Amidst the orchestral backdrop of "Bust Your Windows" and the rushing breakbeat of "Call Me Guilty," she's clear about not being one to cross without expecting payback, whether it results in property damage or self-defense bloodshed. "Dream Big," a swallow-you-whole four-four thumper, is an ambitious motivational anthem — Missy Elliott nicks nearly all of its drive and dramatics from Daft Punk's "Veridis Quo" — while "Fear" looks inward with a disarming level of sincerity (Salaam Remi connects the hook from Stevie Wonder's "I Was Made to Love Her" to Anne Dudley's piano outro from the Art of Noise's "Beatbox," the album's most clever production trick). Some tracks are throwbacks through and through, like the peppy "One Night Stand" (where she fronts a girl group) and the aching "In Love with Another Man" (a tear-the-house-down ballad). There's a lot of range on display here, and there is just as much depth.

Customer Reviews

Jazmine Sullivan(Finally) The New Soul Star!

Finally I mean Finally the album is here. I've been waiting so long for the album to be released. Let me just say that this album is deep, the lyrics are truly, truly real. Some of my favourites are 'Bust Yoyr Windows', 'Need U Bad', 'My Foolish Heart', 'Lion, Tigers & Bears', 'Live A Lie', 'Fear' and In Love With Another Man. Since the single 'Need U bad' I have been craving to hear more and with her unique sounds it definitely sets her out different from all the other artist out there. So go ahead get your copy of the Deep, Soulful Songstree that is Jazmine Sullivan!

Outstanding !!!

I second eveything said in that first review...... I've been waiting for this album ever since I heard Ms. Sullivan braid someone's hair on a Gilles Peterson show back in 2004 !!

FANTASTIC

Just this second discovered this album, only heard 30 seconds of each song and had to download it!! Gonna listen to it in full now, i've got no doubt i'm gonna love it!!!

Biography

Born: 09 April 1987 in Philadelphia, PA

Genre: R&B/Soul

Years Active: '00s, '10s

Contemporary R&B star Jazmine Sullivan spent several years learning the ropes of the recording industry before signing to J Records and making her solo recording debut in 2008 with the number one R&B single "Need U Bad." The Philadelphia-based singer/songwriter began her career at a young age, making her national television debut on Showtime at the Apollo at age 11 and signing to Jive Records at age 15. Her stint at Jive lasted only a couple years, however, and she was dropped by the label...
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