I pre-ordered the Deluxe edition CD on iTunes for it's 10-16-12 release. I've been listening to it non stop on my iPod ever since. Pull out the CD if you have it and let's go track by track on what I think of the album, what my favorite tracks are and what I least liked. You can leave your thoughts on the album, etc in the comments.
I love her intros, outros, interludes... it gives a bit of life to the album. This intro is no exception with a hard beat getting us ready for the what's in store on the album.
2. "Wildest Dreams"
This was released as her second single. While I think another track could have been chosen as the second single, the lyrics are super sweet as she dedicates some of the words to her new beau (See the credits on her deluxe version of Two Eleven.) Never in her wildest dreams did she think someone could care about her.
3. "So Sick"
Definitely one of my favorites. An intoxicating beat gives bass and drama to a situation all too familiar. Brandy talks about being love sick over someone who isn't worth the heartache.
Even after listening to this album numerous times, I didn't realize there was a track called Slower ;( Making love slower? I don't know. I don't really listen to this track.
5. "No Such Thing As Too Late"
This is one of the traditional R&B cuts that I like on a night that I want to hear slow jams. There's no such thing as too late when you are waiting on love.
6. "Let Me Go"
I've become a sucker for the hard beats and tempo changes on this album. With a sample of "Tonight" (Lykke Li), Brandy has another dance hit and another song marked as a favorite by me! Baby, don't let me go.
7. "Without You"
This is my number 1 favorite on the album. Without You is another R&B hit, awesome beat, but Brandy really sings on this one. If I'm not listening to the album, I'm listening to this one song on repeat. She sings from the heart on how she feels about life without her lover.
8. "Put It Down" feat. Chris Brown
This was Brandy's first single from the album. Chris Brown is featured and was one of the writers for this song. Most of you have heard it, but it's a fun song where she talks about a guy doing what it takes to win her heart, not just looking the part. The video is equally as fun with C Breezy doing his thing, shirtless and tatted.
9. "Hardly Breathing"
Brandy stays true to her R&B roots on this track. It is reminiscent of her Human tracks. She mentions her mom again on this song.. I love Sonya, but she's ruled Brandy with an iron fist...In this song she's weary about a lover and wants him out of her life. She's hurt and hardly breathing.
10. "Do You Know What You Have?"
Like Slower, this is another red light special. While she's basically asking her lover, does he know what he has in her, the tempo and melody suggests it's candle light music or head to the bedroom kinda music.
11. "Scared of Beautiful"
Ahhh of all the R&B songs on this album, this one just hits the heart. It wasn't a number one favorite until I heard her sing it live with so much conviction and emotion, it was hard not to see her side of the story. In this song she's vulnerable and open, but many of us can relate to not believing that we are beautful or great at some point. She shares this with us and Frank Ocean helps her to keep it real, tender and open. I love it and reminds me why I love her so much. This would be my #2 song on the album. Seriously, hearing it live is another experience.
Eeks... to be completely honest, the next few songs didn't move me much so I don't have a lot of thoughts about them. I don't listen to them that much :(
12. "Wish Your Love Away"
13. "Paint This House"
Another R&B, take it to the bedroom jam
14. "Can You Hear Me Now?"
Nice song that I think I can hear being featured on The Game soon ;)
16. "What You Need"
This song is the best part of having the deluxe version of the album. This is definitely one of my favorite songs. Strictly for lovers, this song like So Sick mixes R&B melodies with tempo changes and heavy beats. I love it! Brandy isn't afraid to get sexy for us on the album.
The outro takes us out as we came in with a dope beat. Brandy gave us a mix of her style while taking risks. This album was definitely a solid effort that took us back to the Brandy we all know and love.
Now on to the concert and fotd!
I got to the venue and checked in on Yelp and .......................... my phone flatlined. -__-
While I don't have blurry, flash flooded and/or dark pics of Brandy in concert dancing with her backup dancers, I can tell you she put on a great show! I didn't feel that because I was in a smaller venue, she compromised her performance. She gave us full out songs that she sang from the heart, she danced and worked the stage and she did a fab Whitney tribute set. This was an item off my bucket list that I didn't know existed! I'm such a fan. Truly excited that I was able to experience her live. I was able to rock out the entire time.
nothing new,but it was fun to try again!
Maybelline Color Tattoo Bad to the Bronze
MAC Cork shadow
MAC Legendary shadow
Revlon Color Stay liquid liner
MAC Fascinating eye kohl
Maybelline Mega Plush mascara
Mehron CelebreHD Pro cream makeup in medium 3 (as concealer)
MAC Accentuate powder to set concealer and highlight
CoverGirl Queen Lasting Matte powder in Light Golden
MAC Copper Beech contour cream
MAC Small Vanity Blush
MAC Beauty lipstick
Are you a Brandy fan? What do you think of her new album?