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Afrodisiac
     

Afrodisiac

4.6 43
by Brandy
 

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Brandy has always admired tabloid queen and fellow pop idol Jennifer Lopez. And on her fourth disc, the onetime teen sensation of TV's Moesha fame heads into J. Lo territory by hiring -- and then firing -- La Lopez's former manager Benny Medina, dissolving her short-lived marriage, and adopting a sexier image and an edgier sound

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Brandy has always admired tabloid queen and fellow pop idol Jennifer Lopez. And on her fourth disc, the onetime teen sensation of TV's Moesha fame heads into J. Lo territory by hiring -- and then firing -- La Lopez's former manager Benny Medina, dissolving her short-lived marriage, and adopting a sexier image and an edgier sound. On the cover of her fourth disc, Afrodisiac, Brandy strikes a seductive pose in an attempt to shed her goody-goody image, but it's the music that makes the most dramatic impression. Stepping in for longtime collaborator Rodney Jerkins -- who perfected his signature, stuttered beat wizardry on Brandy's memorable Never Say Never -- are masterful tunesmiths Kayne West and Timbaland, who give the disc a fresh, decidedly mature sound. On the orchestral, disco-reminiscent lead single, "Talk About Our Love," featuring and produced by West, the 25-year-old flexes her impressive upper register as she sings about the stress of living in the celebrity fishbowl. Even more impressive is the Timbaland thumper, "I Tried," which recalls his work with Justin Timberlake and incorporates lyrics from Coldplay's "Sparks" and an Iron Maiden sample. The tempo slows on the breezy, West-penned "Where You Wanna Be," before Timbaland kicks things up a notch with the new jack swing, old school hip-hop-inspired jam "Turn It Up." Throughout, Brandy's husky vocals sparkle -- and, as Usher did on 2004's multi-platinum Confessions, she offers insight into her personal life through the lyrics. "Who I Am" is a thank-you letter to her former husband, to whom Brandy offers: "Look how I smile/ All you did was help the next man/ 'Cause this experience made me who I am." And on the closing track, "Should I Go," she ponders walking away from the cookie-cutter music industry. But for the sake of her fans, who will surely be hooked on Afrodisiac, let's hope she reconsiders.

Product Details

Release Date:
06/29/2004
Label:
Atlantic
UPC:
0075678363320
catalogNumber:
83633

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Album Credits

Performance Credits

Brandy   Primary Artist,Vocals
Bruce Fowler   Conductor
Nick Glennie-Smith   Conductor
Larry Gold   Conductor
Don Harper   Conductor
Dave Robbins   Keyboards
Shorty B.   Bass
Timbaland   Vocals
Ervin Pope   Keyboards
Miri Ben-Ari   Violin
Kanye West   Vocals,Rap
Mike Hartnett   Guitar
Thaddeus T. Tribbett   Bass,Bass Guitar
T.I.   Vocals,Rap
Eric Walls   Guitar
Parris Bowens   Keyboards
Keenan "Kee Note" Holloway   Bass
George "Spanky" McCurdy   Percussion
Glenn S. Jeffrey   Guitar
Baby Dubb   Various
Glenn S. Jeffrey   Guitar
Ervin A. Pope   Keyboards

Technical Credits

Jo Ann Campbell   Vocal Assistance
Larry Gold   String Arrangements
Kenny Hicks   Vocal Producer
Organized Noize   Programming,drum programming,Audio Production
Carlos Wilson   Composer
Brandy   Vocal Producer
Leon Ware   Composer
Static   Vocal Assistance
Brandy Norwood   Executive Producer,Audio Production
Timbaland   Producer,Audio Production
Craig Kallman   Executive Producer
Cee Lo Green   Composer
Sean Davis   Engineer
P. Brown   Composer
Miri Ben-Ari   Violin Arrangement
C. Nelson   Composer
Kanye West   Composer,Audio Production
Senator Jimmy D   Engineer
Warryn Campbell   Audio Production
Blake English   Engineer,Vocal Assistance
Kyambo "Hip Hop" Joshua   Executive Producer
Harold Lilly   Composer
Geroid Roberson   Executive Producer
Jun Ishizeki   Engineer
Big Chuck   Producer
DeMonica Plummer   Sample Clearance
Liz Barrett   Art Direction
Kenisha Pratt   Vocal Assistance
Eugene Toale   Engineer
Bruce Beuchner   Engineer
Cha Cha Jones   Engineer
Kenneth Pratt   Vocal Assistance
Baby Dubb   Programming
Theron Feemster   Producer
Sean Cooper   Sound Design

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Afrodisiac 4.7 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 43 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Brandy expresses some heartfelt emotions and she puts it out on display throughout this CD. Enjoy.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I'm so happy that this CD just went platinum, and I hear that the title song will be the 3rd single.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This Album is one of Brandy's best! She has really grown as an artist. After taking some time off I think she came back really, really nice! Putting together an album with 5 or more hits isn't so easy!
Guest More than 1 year ago
This is the most in-depth, passionate, and most intimate album that Brandy has done so far. It is a CD I will definetely listen to over and over. The tracks produced by Timbaland and Kayne West has proven to be a great collaboration, and complements Brandy's vocal range. I am thoroughly impressed by the creativity displayed on this album, and it feels like you really get to know who Brandy is and what she has been through in her life, in her career, and in her relationships. I would definetely recommend this album, and it is worth every penny! You will definetely want to listen to it over and over! It is the best CD of the summer! She will definetely give Usher's Confessions a run for it's money. It is a GREAT ALBUM, and you will be happy you purchased it, I am!!!!
Guest More than 1 year ago
Brandy really put her heart and soul in Afrodisiac. You can feel the pain, happiness, and empowerment of life experiences. Another classic CD like "Never Say Never". My favorite songs are #1,2,3,4,5,6,8,10,11,13,15. Keep up the good work, Brandy!!!
Guest More than 1 year ago
Brandy's wispery and raspy voice disappoints on this follow up to 2002's Full Moon.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Brandy opens with a track that explains it all and it has a hot beat. The title track is a great up tempo joint and is follwed by a few more. She features TI on one of the tracks and it's simply great. For someone who hates buying CDs because maybe one track is hot, this was well worth the money. I'm definitely happy and it is definitely paralleled to Usher's Confessions. She gets real and I love it. Her progression in life as a woman, mother, and songstress is truly evident on this one.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Brandy is back again with an album that is guaranteed to knock your socks off. The album is certified platinum and then some with the genius of such producers as Kanye West and Timbaland. She brings so much heart and soul into this new album. Brandy continues to show how talented and skilled a singer she really is. Brandy pours her heart into such songs as Who I Am and Who Is She 2 U, where she shares her relationship experiences. She even has cuts that are guaranteed to make you want to dance(Sadiddy and turn it up). This album is definitely one that all can relate to and that reaches the inner soul of everyone who has experienced a bad relationship. She even sings about her new found love in Afrodisiac. So she sings about a relationship that went bad, but now she is happy because she can love again. This is definitely an album to add to the Library. Welcome back Brandy, we missed you.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Brandy has grown up and it shows. This classy singer always stays true to herself and appropriate to her age. She is an exceptional vocalist and I am always pleased with every CD she makes. The beats on this album are hot and Brandy is not afraid to branch out and sample artists like Cold Play on this album. It's the best one yet.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Brandy's CD "Afrodisiac" is an true insight on brandy's life learned lessons! She truly opens up shows her struggle with womanhood up close and personal. The album opens up with a number talking about her life (trackname:Who I Am). With the bulk of the album produced by Timberland, her album is loaded with classical music. Some of Timberland's stand out tracks include "Should I Go", "Afrodisiac", "Who Is She 2 U" and "I Tried". Kanye West who produced her first hit song off the album "Talk About Our Love" also offers something. The Kanye West track is called " Where You Wanna Be" featuring T.I. Other songs that stand out on this CD is are "Necessary","Say You Will" and "Finally I Walked Away". Trust me costumers, you will not be disappointed! So take a ride with Brandy and exprience the emotional waves of her life!
Guest More than 1 year ago
In her 4th album, brandy has done it again... given loyal long time fans and newcomers a album that share's all of who she is. Afrodisiac, is laced with HOT-TO-DEATH lyrics that we can all relate to and beats that will make you fell like dancing, crying or givin' up a simple, "I feel you girl!" the album is a must have 4 the summer and in no way, will dissappoint you. I am not one of her staff, and i did not get paid for this, I'm a lifetime member of her ever growing fan team(I'm her #1 fan), and i think the world should hear but more importantly, feel her music. GO GET IT!!!
Guest More than 1 year ago
brandy's Afrodisiac is one of her best albums..there's songs in there that alot of people can relate to like "who is she to you","talk about out", and alot more..its also an album for anytime..you can listen to it in the morning, at work, in ya cd player outside, and even before u go to sleep..its good for any mood n time
Guest More than 1 year ago
I like it she has really grown in the years! She my Diva. She a woman! You go brandy.
Guest More than 1 year ago
i love the album it's intense, it make you feel what brandy is singing, it make you want to cry, laugh, dance it's the bomb.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I belive this is the album that timbaland would have made for Aalyiah(R.I.P) if she was still alive...this is one of the best albums i've ever listened to
Guest More than 1 year ago
Afrodisiac is the best Brandy to date in my opinion. The songs are full of romance, struggle, pain, and independence. My favorite songs are "I Tried", "Afrodisiac", "Who Is She 2 U", "Talk About Our Love", "Finally", "Say You Will", and "Should I Go".
Guest More than 1 year ago
I love Afrodisiac.Well, I've only been a fan since day one. I can relate to alot of the things she sings about. Brandy is very different and I like her style.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This is Brandy's best album yet. The beats are bangin' and her voice is marvelous. B-Rocka is back!
Guest More than 1 year ago
I love all of her music and this particular album is more indepth seems to be more blunt and the hottest album since her debut.I bought this album to day of release and I play it endlessly love her forever no matter what, do your thug thizzle baby girl
Guest More than 1 year ago
If you haven't bought Brandy's Afrodisiac album you should. My own personal opinion is that it is one of the best cd's she has ever made. Over these past years she has went from a good singer/actor to a fantastic Mother,singer and good person. I do not know Brandy but listening to Afrodisiac it makes me feel as if I've known her for at least 5 years. Her cd talks about her divorce and how much of a better perosn she has becomesince the divorce. My favorite song is Afrodisiac it makes me think of my past relationship, but I also like Who I am and Focus. If you want to listen to a cd that you can relate to and just chill to go and get Afrodisiac.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I absolutely love Brandy's "Afrodisiac". It represents her willingness not to let anyone run over her anymore. I kind of hate that she didn't work with Rodney or Fred Jerkins on this album, but then again, I don't know why she decided not to. Anyway she is great, and she is my favorite singer in the world.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Brandy's new CD is amazing and wonderful. She manages to grow and transcend her last album. She is creative and very smart and brave with this attempt.Its a fantastic Cd. Its ethereal, beautiful,emotional and funky. Timbaland is a master and listening to this CD and his production you will know why. I'm proud that Brandy took the leap and i hope that her fans new and old will join her on this new and exciting journey. Her voice is so powerful and full of emotion. Her harmonies even sound angelic. BRAVO!
Guest More than 1 year ago
I'm pretty much of a fan of Brandy. I loved her last album and loved the second one just as much. I anticipated great lyrics and music on this album, but to my dismay this was not so. The songs' seemed a little monotonous. There wasn't a great deal of variety to the tempo and beats. I did like the lyrics. They were honest and she was talking about her experiences. You can't not like someone for being his or her self. The only song I liked (beat and all) was Talk about Our Love. Overall I don't recommend this CD.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Boy howdy, what an album! Simply her best since, "Rockin' the Mic with Russell Simmons". It seems as though she just gets better with age. I truly loved the accustic version of, "Momma don't dance and your daddy don't rock and roll" she did with John Mayer. I thought I was sick of hearing about that guy, but team him with Brandy and he is dynamite! My only beef with the cut was her cover of the "Family Matters" theme. That was overdoing it a bit. Nobody does it like the originals ("Eddie and the Downtown Funk"), so don't try and repicate it. I DID, however enjoy the political number about the economy, "Where's my money?!" Where does she come up with this stuff, honestly?! Anyway, GREAT stuff. Go out and buy it now!
Guest More than 1 year ago
I have been a Brandy fan since she came out in 1994. It is so refreshing to see how effortlessly she matures with each album. This album is by far the best ( and I love every one!) Her mix of ballads and dance beats has brought this album to a higher level. She's doing her thing and this album is definitely worth buying! Brilliant!