Chain Letter

Chain Letter

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by Brooke Valentine
     
 

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Brooke Valentine and the people behind her could not have been any smarter when it came to seeking attention with the first single. In early 2005, production and grunts from Lil Jon, a guest verse from OutKast's Big Boi, and subject matter unlike anything else on the radio -- in this case,

Overview

Brooke Valentine and the people behind her could not have been any smarter when it came to seeking attention with the first single. In early 2005, production and grunts from Lil Jon, a guest verse from OutKast's Big Boi, and subject matter unlike anything else on the radio -- in this case, female fisticuffs, a very crunk-friendly topic -- was priceless. It was a bold move, too; not many female artists are willing to show their tough side right off the bat, if ever. As effective and unique as "Girlfight" is, it proves to only be a gateway to an album with a good number of chart-bound singles, none of which are quite as rowdy. Producers Jermaine Dupri, Bink!, Heatmakerz, Soul Diggas, and mentor/collaborator Deja (remember H-Town?) are due some of the credit, but Valentine comes off like a veteran full of fire and confidence, knowing all the hits of the past several years and how to leave a memorable impression while remaining contemporary. She does have quite a few disparate moods running throughout the album, which can be jarring on a couple occasions. "Cover Girl," a somber song led by acoustic guitar and churchy organ swells, is one of the album's few stumbling blocks. One look at any of the photos boldly displayed in the sleeve should tell you that it -- an "if I were only pretty" moment in which Valentine wonders what she has to do to attract a man -- has no business here. "I Want You Dead" makes up for it though, a demented revenge fantasy in which she does funny and gruesome things to a wrongdoing ex-lover. A debut that fulfills and promises at the same time, Chain Letter contains 40 faultless minutes of club tracks and a few minutes of seductive balladry. That's not bad for someone who put it all to bed before hitting the age of 20.

Product Details

Release Date:
03/15/2005
Label:
Virgin Records Us
UPC:
0724359422923
catalogNumber:
94229

Tracks

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Brooke Valentine   Primary Artist,Vocals,Background Vocals
LaMarquis Mark Jefferson   Bass
Adam Rogers   Guitar
Erik Nordquiest   Guitar
Randy Washington   Guitar
Craig Love   Guitar
Lil Jon   Vocals
Chris Traynor   Guitar
Big Boi   Vocals
Henrik Jonback   Guitar
Dirt McGirt   Vocals,Background Vocals
Sharief Hobley   Guitar
Corte Ellis   Background Vocals
Guyora Kats   Organ
Deja (The Great)   Guitar,Vocals
J.R.K.   Vocals,Background Vocals
Queenz Deliz   Vocals,Rap
Hype   Vocals
Erik Nordgren   Guitar

Technical Credits

Déjà   Audio Production
Jermaine Dupri   Producer,Audio Production,Vocal Producer
Barry Howard   Producer
LROC   Producer
J.C. Phillips   Composer
Solomon   Audio Production
G.C. Green   Composer
Josh Deutsch   Executive Producer
Erik Nordquiest   Engineer
Randy Washington   Programming
Matt Still   Engineer
Matt Serletic   Executive Producer
Christopher "Tricky" Stewart   Composer
Rob Vaughan Merrick   Engineer
Lil Jon   Programming,Producer
S. Thomas   Composer
Sheila Taylor   Programming
Blair Wells   Engineer
Antwan Patton   Composer
R. Harrell   Composer
John Horesco   Engineer
Bloodshy   Programming,Producer
Soul Diggas   Programming,Producer
Bink   Programming,Producer,Audio Production
David Jimenez Lopez   Sound Effects,Engineer
G. Randall Wright   Composer
Heatmakerz   Producer
Penelope Magnet   Composer
Bloodshy & Avant   Audio Production
F.L. Howard   Composer
Brooke Valentine   Composer
Deja (The Great)   Composer,Programming,Producer,Engineer,Executive Producer,Vocal Arrangements,Vocal Producer
Brandon Howard   Programming,Producer
B Howard   Programming,Audio Production
Soul Diggaz   Programming,Audio Production
Avant   Programming,Producer,Engineer

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Chain Letter 5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 4 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
this album is great!!!! the first song "girlfight ft. lil jon and big boi will get you pumped up..same for "taste of dis" She has alot of really good ballads..and they are really realistic...another good song is "laugh till i cry" its a great song."blah blah blah" is realllllly gooood!..everybody shuld get this album it is wonderful!! it will make you dance and it will make you feel better when ur sad!
Guest More than 1 year ago
This album is unbelievable. I didn't think she could really sing with the first track "Girl Fight", but after I bought the cd an listened, I was stunned. She has a beautiful voice. Her album sounds much better than other releases(Ciara, Tweet, etc.) Must listen to tracks are "Laugh Til I Cry", "Dying Of A Broken Heart", "Ghetto Superstar", "Covergirl", etc. You my new girl Brooke!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
Guest More than 1 year ago
This cd is awesome!!!!! Brooke has a great voice thats finally inthe works. As her debut album this is tight. Everyone should buy this cd. It has hip-hop and r&b. My favorite songs are Girlfight, Covergirl, and I want you dead. Keep it up!
12YearsOld More than 1 year ago
She had me hooked at "Girlfight"! This disc is filled with songs of all different colors. My favorite track is "Taste of Dis", but I also enjoy the comical "I Want You Dead" and the sweet "Cover Girl". Can't wait for the sophomore!