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Human (Deluxe Version)

Brandy

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When she first started recording Human Brandy worked with a variety of new producers before reuniting with Rodney Jerkins, her longtime creative partner and mentor. Brandy and Jerkins had not worked together since 2002’s Full Moon and Human finds the pair rekindling their creative chemistry, which is the subject of “Piano Man.” “Finally breathing some clean air,” she sings, “Been through it and seen it / I put my star to fame / Now the spotlight was fading, he just kept on playing...” The rest of the album is a similar mix of fragility and focus. “Camouflage,” “Torn Down,” “Human” and “Shattered Heart” are among the most intense and personal songs Brandy has recorded. “The Definition” is the definitive Jerkins collaboration, a sweet, insistent melody on top of a thumping club rhythm. “True” is the song that best shows the maturity of Brandy’s voice, a poised ballad overseen by RedOne, the songwriting team behind Lady Gaga’s big hits. The hidden gem on Human is surely “A Capella,” a delirious catchy tune that layers dozens of vocal tracks to create a hypnotic atmosphere even without the help of big beats.

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This album is near sonic perfection (with only a couple real missteps) I’m gonna break down every song and give it a rating out of five (the intro, interlude, and remixes are not rated) 1) Human Intro: it’s nice of her to add that personal touch, nothing else notable here. 2) The Definition: This song is strong and confident I love the beat and the raspy quality I love in her voice is so present on this track. 5/5 3) Warm It Up (With Love): The more I listen to this song the more I love it. This track is really just a happy track similar to Natasha Bedingfield’s style of just uplifting goodness. 4.5/5 4) Right Here (Departed): This Song is completed with the music video; the concept of the video really brings out the emotion in the song. If you have ever lost someone who meant a lot to you it is impossible not to find this song moving. 5/5 5) Piano Man: Darkchild and B-Rocka really are back! This track is so good; the beat is impeccable and the message is universal. 5/5 6) Long distance interlude: The script for this intro should have written better and rehearsed more or alternatively it should have been cut from the album. It really breaks the flow of the record. 7) Long Distance: While the intro was weak the song itself is incredibly touching. When she really breaks out with that final “can you hear me crying?” it just shows the passion she has behind her voice, the passion that is missing from so much of today’s R&B. On a side note if the video for “Right Here (Departed)” was good the video for this song is a masterpiece. 5/5 8) Camouflage: Another great song; I really like the uplifting feeling she has going through the album. This song has the same message as “Human” and it’s worth being retold. 4/5 9) Torn Down: a song about falling in love in 24 hours a bit quick for my tastes but the song is so incredible it wouldn’t matter if she said she fell in love in 10 minutes. 4.5/5 10) Human: the uplifting theme continues! Like I said it’s what this album is about and it’s a nice change from what I’ve been hearing on the radio. The message is the same as “Camouflage”. 4.5/5 11) Shattered Heart: This track stands out for all the wrong reasons. The song has a nice beat however it stumbles with the poor writing (she tells you her heart is a piggy bank) the repetitive chorus seals the deal for this being the weakest song on the album. 2.5/5 12) True: She immediately bounces back from her last song into a contender for best song on the album. Cheating is something that is very painful and the way she expresses the disconnect between wanting to be with that person and yet having them do one of the most painful things possible is truly touching. The pain comes through her voice on every note; this song is legendary. 5/5 13) A Capella (Something’s Missing): a really good song; I could live without the boom claps throughout the song however as the song goes on they blend in much better and the song really pops off. Brandy really gets to show off her voice and it’s beautiful. 4/5 14) 1st & Love: This song just puts a smile on your face and just makes you want to move. 4.5/5 15) Fall: Earlier I mentioned how the uplifting tone throughout the album reminded me of Natasha Bedingfield, well her she comes with a writing credit on this song. This song talks about letting yourself fall in love. It can be a motivator when you’re afraid of being hurt again to just let yourself go into that persons arms. 4.5/5 16) Gonna Find My Love: The only real up-tempo dance track on the album it is so good to hear brandy bring a true jam. The rap I could live without. 4.5/5 17) Locket (Locked In Love): this song is about when a person leaves you yet you still love them and how it is hard to get over. It is mind blowing to me how this did not make the cut for the standard album (and yet shattered heart did) 5/5 18) Long distance (A Capella): This is the regular version stripped of the music and while it is incredible to hear her voice alone it would have been even more amazing if they had just put a live acoustic session on the disc instead. 4/5 19) Right Here (Departed) Remixes: Both are mediocre but the Seamus Haji version is superior if a bit lengthy (that remix was only available with the pre-order). So there you have it… the best album of the year (with P!nk’s in a close second). It doesn’t have a single line as memorable as “maybe I should get up and go wash my face, crying never kept you at home anyways” like Afrodisiac or as many club bangers as Full moon, but it doesn’t try to. It is an album filled with moving, clean, positive songs and it deserves a place in any R&B lover’s collection. Final Score 5/5.

She gets 5 STARS only b/c I can't give 4.5 (nothing's perfect).

First off, Brandy's voice is authentic, one-of-a-kind, and simply STELLAR. I have always been a loyal Brandy fan. I will not front . . . I literally had every track from this CD downloaded (with the addition of like a dozen unreleased tracks leaked on the internet) about a week before the official US release; only because I couldn't wait for this new album. I did go out and cop this CD from Target on Dec. 9th because Brandy sincerely deserves our support (and there are a lot of music acts in the industry that really lack talent but are selling millions of units)!!! Not to mention, she has pretty much KILLED EVERY PERFORMANCE I've seen lately (TRL, 106 & Park, Tyra, etc.) If you haven't seen them you need to check them out on YouTube. My only critique for the album is that I wish it had a couple/few more tracks that are more up-tempo with that funk/edge. Brandy’s a very diverse singer and attracts a wide audience, but I would have enjoyed at least one hood/urban track with some attitude and sass. Brandy can definitely pull off a club anthem (e.g., Drum Life, produced by Timbaland, which is the $#!@ but unfortunately didn't make the final cut). I really hope this CD goes AT LEAST double platinum. That would be an accomplishment considering the success of her previous album, Afrodisiac, the amount of people that are illegally downloading music and don’t support the artist, and some her past negative press. I wish Brandy MUCH SUCCESS with this effort, and I look forward to more quality music from this talented lady in the near future! I Love you Brandy -- Stay FOCUSED!

Surprisingly Great

I was hesitant to buy this album, because I didn't see the distinction between Brandy and the other R&B ladies out there: Beyonce, Rihanna, PCD, etc. BUT - I was so surprised to hear that this album is a step above the rest. The music is intelligent, the arrangements are unique, and the message of the album is positive and inspiring. I'm glad Brandy's back after all this time. Despite the sadness she's experienced in the last few years, she belongs in the spotlight, making great music. Kudos to Brandy. Human is a great album!

Biography

Born: February 11, 1979 in McComb, MS

Genre: R&B/Soul

Years Active: '90s, '00s, '10s

Whether she was singing pop-friendly urban soul or acting in her own family-oriented sitcom, Brandy's winningly wholesome persona helped catapult her to stardom during her teenage years. She scored the longest-running number one female duet in chart history (teamed with Monica on "The Boy Is Mine"), a testament to her mainstream appeal, and she spent several years as the title character on Moesha, the top-rated series on the fledgling UPN network during the late '90s. As she grew older, her music...
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