For now I just wanted to tell you about 2 of my favorite albums to come out in the months since I have been keeping low-key.
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You already know!!! Brandy Norwood released her 6th studio album, Two Eleven to critical acclaim back in October. If you have been reading Cory's Song, you know I ride for this lady, and could not wait to see what she had in store for me! I have to be honest I just could not really get into Brandy's last two albums (maybe its because they followed Full Moon, and after that everything else is just...you know...not as good) but I could not give up on her. I knew she could comeback.
Well, this time, she did not disappoint!!! October 16 could not come fast enough! I had to get this album. I went out and bought the CD, and popped that bad boy in. The 1st listen, I honestly wasn't getting into it. I was like dang, Brandy! What is wrong baby??? Why can't you get back to your full glory? It sounded weird to me. Her voice had changed so much, again. The songs sounded just spacy to me (for lack of a better term, its kind of hard to explain). The beats were just really empty (they didn't have much going on). It was as if she was singing into space. Some instant stand outs to me on this 1st listen were Slower, which had a great beat, No Such Thing As Too Late, because I really liked her voice on that track, Without You, was the only song that I just absolutely loved, and Paint This House. Even though I liked the songs, the beats were off to me (save for Without You). After Paint This House, that was the end of the standard version. So I was actually disappointed, but luckily I bought the deluxe. But, alas,the songs on there were spacy too. I did however love the song Music, it was just breezy.
That was the 1st listen in the car. Then I got home, and played it again, and loved every freaking song, and have been playing it non-stop ever since.
I don't know, its something with me about Brandy. At 1st I can't get with her when her voice goes through these changes. I was the same way with Full Moon, but now the album is my favorite.
It is hard to pick a favorite off of this one, I love the whole album (save for So Sick...I just don't get it). I will go with Without You since I loved it right off the back. It is a different song for Brandy. When I heard it, I said, "Wow!" she is singing like back on her 1st two albums. " She has not sang like that since....Well,her 1st two albums! I also like Music. It makes me feel like I am on a boat. It gives me R. Kelly Step in the Name of Love, Sade, Luther Vandross, or Frankie Beverly and Mase. Calm and Smooth (if that makes any since). Plus she sounds like she did when she was younger and I love when Brandy can give me those moments when she goes back to young Brandy. I love the whole album though, Paint This House, Hardly Breathing, Wildest Dreams, Wish Your Love Away. Everything! I think it is turning into my second favorite Brandy album, behind Full Moon, and from me, that is saying a lot...
Check out both of these albums.