Fearless

Fearless

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by Jazmine Sullivan
     
 

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Up to the moment when Fearless was released, it was not easy to gauge which path Jazmine Sullivan would take. Jive spent three years trying to figure it out and dropped her before any material officially surfaced. She co-wrote a number four club hit ("Say I") for Christina Milian, recorded with See more details below

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Up to the moment when Fearless was released, it was not easy to gauge which path Jazmine Sullivan would take. Jive spent three years trying to figure it out and dropped her before any material officially surfaced. She co-wrote a number four club hit ("Say I") for Christina Milian, recorded with Kindred the Family Soul and Fantasia, contributed adult-oriented R&B tracks to a handful of low-key compilations, signed to J, and notched a number one R&B/hip-hop single with the yearning/swaggering "Need U Bad." Was she a pop songwriter, a young member of the "grown folks R&B" division, or a young Lauryn Hill? Charting all her moves, it seemed like she was trying out a number of styles to find some footing, but with Fearless, it is clear she is comfortable in each mode. Within the span of 45 minutes, Sullivan switches between a number of tacks, both stylistically and emotionally, each one flush with conviction, and not just for the sake of variety. Amidst the orchestral backdrop of "Bust Your Windows" and the rushing breakbeat of "Call Me Guilty," she's clear about not being one to cross without expecting payback, whether it results in property damage or self-defense bloodshed. "Dream Big," a swallow-you-whole four-four thumper, is an ambitious motivational anthem -- Missy Elliott nicks nearly all of its drive and dramatics from Daft Punk's "Veridis Quo" -- while "Fear" looks inward with a disarming level of sincerity (Salaam Remi connects the hook from Stevie Wonder's "I Was Made to Love Her" to Anne Dudley's piano outro from the Art of Noise's "Beatbox," the album's most clever production trick). Some tracks are throwbacks through and through, like the peppy "One Night Stand" (where she fronts a girl group) and the aching "In Love with Another Man" (a tear-the-house-down ballad). There's a lot of range on display here, and there is just as much depth.

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Editorial Reviews

Vibe
Sullivan's vocal perfection pilots her debut album, Fearless, and boasts her self-penned lyrics which are filled with struggle and heartache, embodying every inch of the soul star she is.
People Magazine
...the African-American answer to Amy Winehouse's Back to Black. 1/2

Product Details

Release Date:
09/23/2008
Label:
J-Records
UPC:
0886973271322
catalogNumber:
732713

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Album Credits

Performance Credits

Jazmine Sullivan   Primary Artist,Background Vocals
Vincent Henry   Clarinet,Flute,Guitar,Alto Saxophone,Baritone Saxophone,Tenor Saxophone
Ron Feuer   Piano
Salaam Remi   Bass,Percussion,Piano,Strings,Drums,Keyboards,fender rhodes
Anthony Bell   Various
Brian Warfield   Track Performer
Tor Erik Hermanson   Various
Ivan "Orthodox" Barias   Various
Johnnie "Smurf" Smith   Keyboards
Harold "Jukebox" Robinson   Bass
Jack Splash   Various,Track Performer
Mikkel Storleer Eriksen   Various
Iman Jordan   Piano
Fisticuffs   Various
David "Mr. Somebody" Pierre   Piano,Keyboards
Biz & Riz   Bells,fender rhodes
Love Life Orchestra   Various
Mac Robinson   Track Performer
Pepa   Vocals

Technical Credits

Anne Dudley   Composer
Felix Cavaliere   Composer
Danny D   Management
Dirty Harry   Programming
Trevor Horn   Composer
Ivy Jo Hunter   Composer
Johnathon J. Jeczalik   Composer
Gary Langan   Composer
Salaam Remi   Composer,Executive Producer,Audio Production,Instrumentation
Dave Sinclair   Composer
Anthony Bell   Composer,Producer,Engineer,Audio Production,Instrumentation
Paul Morley   Composer
Lamb   Audio Production
Missy Elliott   Composer
Brian Warfield   Composer
Thomas Bangalter   Composer
Paul J. Falcone   Engineer
James M. Wisner   Engineer
Peter Edge   Executive Producer
Ivan "Orthodox" Barias   Composer,Producer,Engineer,Audio Production,Instrumentation
Carvin "Ransum" Haggins   Composer,Producer,Engineer,Audio Production
Anita Marisa Boriboon   Art Direction
Jazmine Sullivan   Composer,Producer,Executive Producer,Audio Production
Jack Splash   Arranger,Composer,Producer,Audio Production
Mikkel Storleer Eriksen   Composer,Engineer,Instrumentation
Tim Blacksmith   Management
Missy "Misdemeanor" Elliott   Producer,Engineer,Executive Producer,Audio Production
Taurian "TJ" Osborne   Composer
Franklin Emmanuel Socorro   Engineer
Rebel One   Management
DeAndre Way   Composer
Tor Erik Hermansen   Composer
Fisticuffs   Audio Production

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