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Afrodisiac

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Barnes & Noble - Tracy E. Hopkins
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 ...
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Editorial Reviews

Barnes & Noble - Tracy E. Hopkins
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.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 12/15/2007
  • Label: Wea Japan
  • EAN: 4943674051533
  • Catalog Number: 11863
  • Sales rank: 270,612

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 Who I Am (3:35)
  2. 2 Afrodisiac (3:47)
  3. 3 Who Is She 2 U (4:43)
  4. 4 Talk About Our Love - Kanye West (3:34)
  5. 5 I Tried (4:45)
  6. 6 Where You Wanna Be - T.I. (3:32)
  7. 7 Focus (4:07)
  8. 8 Sadiddy (4:00)
  9. 9 Turn It Up (4:12)
  10. 10 Necessary (3:59)
  11. 11 Say You Will (3:50)
  12. 12 Come as You Are (3:44)
  13. 13 Finally (3:53)
  14. 14 How I Feel (4:41)
  15. 15 Should I Go (4:56)
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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
Brian Gardner Mastering
Chris Gehringer Mastering
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
Sean Cooper Sound Design
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
Ron Feemster 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
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Customer Reviews

Average Rating 4.5
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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    My Very Own Afrodisiac!!!

    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".

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Afrodisiac Certified Platinum

    I'm so happy that this CD just went platinum, and I hear that the title song will be the 3rd single.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Afrodisiac Is A Masterpiece!!

    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!!!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Brandy Really Has Grown

    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!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Brandy is back and stronger than ever!

    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!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Too Hot!!!!!!!

    This girl is bad(in a good way)!!!! The album is jammin' all the way thru. Stand out tracks are "Afrodisiac", "I Tried", "Who I Am", and "Should I Go". My girl too hot!!! I also love the fact that she gave my love Aaliyah props.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    EXCELLENT

    Brandy has really exceeded the limits of music. This is a great cd, easy listening, and very versatile. I say buy 2 copies

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    BRANDY IS BACK!!

    I just bought this album today and i cant stop playing it!! The best song on here is "I tried" the beat is awesome. Other good ones on the album are afrodisac, finally, focus, turn it up, sadiddy, and should i go....but definately get this album. You wont be disappointed

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Well worth the money!!!

    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.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    it was ok

    The first 5 or so songs are really good but after that it just goes downt hill from there. I like the Full Moon and Never Say Never better then this one.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Pass me the Brandy, I'm drunk on her music!

    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!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    The best in R&B!

    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!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Afrodisiac ..one of the best albums

    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

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    wow

    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

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Afrodisiac~ A Big Hit

    This album is such a wonderful one. Brandy's amazing talents show when she releases an album, and when she preforms. She has done an outstanding job putting this album together, she has me listening to it all day, non-stop! All I'm trying to say is that Brandy is a great artist and you should buy her album! So, what are you still doing here? Go out and buy it!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Brandy is BACK!!!!

    I have always loved Brandy. She has such an oiriginal style that from album to album, only gets better. Afrodisiac follows this pattern. Her soulfull ballads let you know that she truly has grown up. She is a mother, was a wife, and all of that comes through on her new cd. It is truly an Afrodisiac.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Brandy keeps Rockin!!!

    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.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Recommended

    The cd is nice and I recommend that everyone purchase it. You will be able to relate to the songs b/c they are about situations that we all have been through.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    BRANDY'S BACK WITH AFRODISIAC!!!!!!!

    THE BEST WORK SO FAR. IT REALLY SHOWS HOW SHE HAS MATURED INTO A BEAUTIFUL WOMAN!!!!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    brandy is back

    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.

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