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Classic Album Review: Brandy | Full Moon

The singer offers a big-budget, high-tech, diva-sonic extravaganza of the first order.

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This came out in 2002 – or at least that’s when I got it. Here’s what I said about it back then (with some minor editing):

 


At the ripe old age of 23, Brandy is already a show-biz veteran. Platinum albums, hit singles, awards, TV, movies, the whole nine yards. She’s practically up there with Michael and Janet, Will and J. Lo. And once you hit those heights, there’s no going back — everything you do has to be bigger, slicker, glitzier, glossier, flashier and costlier than before.

That seems to be the plan on Full Moon, Brandy’s long-awaited followup to 1998’s career-making Never Say Never. Once again teaming with superstar producer Rodney Jerkins (who co-wrote The Boy is Mine), Brandy delivers a big-budget, high-tech, diva-sonic extravaganza of the first order. The tunes come in two basic flavours: Bouncy hip-hoppers that skitter and lurch like a malfunctioning robot, and shimmering, creamy ballads for rainy nights beneath the covers. Ultimately, they only serve as backdrops for Brandy’s silky-smooth, honey-sweet voice, which Jerkins multi-tracks, layers, cuts and pastes until there’s an angelic chorus of Brandys cooing in your ears. With all that going for it, you expect the pop world will be over the moon about it.