Monthly Archives: October 2012

Brandy is Back

After four years and a brief stint as Bran’Nu, Brandy is back with her 6th and most recent studio album Two Eleven, released on October 12, 2012. I had a chance to listen and compare to her previous albums (I admit I hadn’t listened to a full Brandy album since Full Moon…) and here are my thoughts:

Overall I thought the album as a whole was actually quite similar to Full Moon. Originally I was kind of disappointed, thinking that Brandy hadn’t really diversified her sound since her last album, but then I realized she had 2 albums in between that I hadn’t listened to yet 🙂 Having now listened to Afrodisiac and Human Nature, I definitely see a pretty large difference between all 4 of her most recent albums. However, this latest one still reminds me of the heavy electronic influences that Darkchild brought to the majority of Full Moon (which is interesting considering Brandy’s split with him to work with a diverse group of producers after the their experience with Human).

My highlights / favorites on the album (as well as the full thing on Spotify) are below, hope you enjoy!

Favorites:

  • Put It Down” – Well since it was the lead single, I’ll start with it first. I thought this was such a nice reintroduction to Brandy (I didn’t even realize it was her when I first heard it)! And Chris Breezy was a welcome addition in my opinion 🙂 That heavy bass line is kind of addictive to me and the two of them are so cute in the video!
  • Do You Know What You Have” – Definitely one of my top three on this album. This is that classic 90’s R&B that I LOVE…and this sounds like the older-school Brandy that I remember & love.
  • Wish Your Love Away” – Pretty sad, but I think her lower range flows across those beats really well.
  • Paint this House” – This track DEFINITELY makes my top three on this album too. I love the combination of her soft relaxing background vocals with the ambient foundation of the song…I could listen to it all night!
  • Music” – I think this is a pretty cute piece & I really like the lyrics and smooth easy beat, it also for some reason feels like to me like it could have fit very well on her first album 🙂

Secondary Favorites:

  • Wildest Dreams” – Second single & for some reason I think it’s very well placed as the first full song on the album.
  • Without You” – I think this one actually showcases her range pretty well.
  • Hardly Breathing” – Kinda reminds me of Breezy & Jordin Sparks “No Air” (don’t play me, I LOVE that song & am not ashamed to say so haha)
  • Scared of Beautiful” – I think this is a beautifully written piece very characteristic of emotional & introspective Frank Ocean, although it’s not my favorite instrumentally…

And just as a last note, the Intro / Outro sound to me like they could be used on a dramatic BET commercial…maybe she should license it to them & get some royalties!

5 Videos for Halloween

Happy Halloween everyone!! If you’re on the East Coast and in the path of Frankenstorm Sandy, I hope you’re all safe!! But if you’re stuck inside like most people I know over here, hopefully these videos will help you pass at least some time and bring back some entertaining Halloween memories…

5. Backstreet Boys “Everybody (Backstreet’s Back)”
LOL I had to do it!! Hahahaha…don’t tell me y’all didn’t jam to this song back in the day?!

4. Missy Elliott “Get Ur Freak On”
Ummm…this video was pretty weird right?? I was always pretty freaked out when her head snaked off like that lol…

3. Michael Jackson “Ghost”
MJ always had such an interesting affinity to ghosts, monsters, zombies & the like…I love it when that skeleton starts GETTING IT like MJ!! Haha

2. Busta Rhymes “Gimme Some More”
This video always scared me so much!! And it didn’t help that it sampled the theme from Psycho…but I always loved this song 🙂

1. Michael Jackson “Thriller”
Of course no surprise here, one of the most GENIUS & influential videos from the King of Pop himself!

So, what are your other favorite scary / videos songs that I missed??

For the Lover in You – Top 10 R&B Proposal Songs

Second freelance post is published! Preview below & the link for the rest 🙂

Maybe it’s just me, but I feel like it’s been engagement season for about the past 2 years. I’m thinking it’s because it was at that time when many of my friends began to approach the mid-twenties stage during which we supposedly try to start getting our lives together, including thinking about the future and who we want to spend it with.

So for those of you who are in this boat and perhaps thinking about popping that big question (or if you’re just in the mood to hear some good old-fashioned R&B love songs), here’s a list that may inspire you. Some are tried & true and some may kind of surprise you, but hopefully you’ll enjoy this list of the Top 10 R&B Proposal Songs.

Glooorious

So Martha Munizzi was a guest worship leader at the church I visited in Brooklyn (Christian Cultural Center) last weekend, and she performed this song that I heard for the first time, and I haven’t been able to stop listening to it since! Just can’t help but want to dance & groove along with this piece that I think is amazing both musically and lyrically (Lyrics below the video) – The music essentially makes you want to do what the lyrics are saying! 🙂 That background harmony that comes in around 2:52 is especially killer to me…Enjoy!!

Glorious Lyrics

[Verse:]
When you come into His presence,
lifting up the name of Jesus
and you hear the music playin’
and you see the people praising;
just forget about your worries,
let your troubles fall behind you,
don’t you wait another minute,
just get up and on your feet and…

[Chorus 1:]
Get to dancing, singing, jumping, leaping,
get to shouting, make it loud, and make it glorious.
Start rejoicing, praising, lifting, raising,
get to shouting, make it loud,
and make His praise glorious, glorious.

[Verse]

[Chorus 2:]
Get to dancing, singing, jumping, leaping,
get to shouting, make it loud, and make it glorious.
Start rejoicing, praising, lifting, raising,
get to shouting, make it loud,
and make His praise…

Get to dancing, singing, jumping, leaping,
get to shouting, make it loud, and make it glorious.
Start rejoicing, praising, lifting, raising,
get to shouting, make it loud,
and make His praise glorious, glorious.

[Vamp:]
I was created to make Your praise glorious.
I was created to make Your praise glorious, glorious,
Yes, I was, yes, I was.

[Ending:]
I was created to make Your praise glorious.

Allen Stone

Late on this I know, but I just want this guy to be on my record. Actually read a post about him a little while ago but didn’t take the time to listen to him until just recently. So glad I did, & was honestly (pleasantly) surprised by what I heard 🙂 His voice to me is like an awesome mashup of Eric Hutchinson & Marc Broussard with some of Gavin DeGraw’s beautiful musical style…the boy can SANG!

His latest album is below, along with my favorites / recommendations (it’s kind of most of the album but whatever lol):

And a bonus that’s not on the album:

If your musical taste is anything like mine, I think you won’t be disappointed after listening to Mr. Stone – now on to see how I can see him live 🙂

Just Exactly Necessary

Really feeling this song right now…hopefully it will bless you too!