Fearless

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All Music Guide - Andy Kellman
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...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Andy Kellman
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.
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

...the African-American answer to Amy Winehouse's Back to Black. 1/2
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 9/23/2008
  • Label: J-Records
  • UPC: 886973271322
  • Catalog Number: 732713
  • Sales rank: 12,320

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 Bust Your Windows (4:26)
  2. 2 Need U Bad (4:17)
  3. 3 My Foolish Heart (3:38)
  4. 4 Lions, Tigers & Bears (4:11)
  5. 5 Call Me Guilty (3:24)
  6. 6 One Night Stand (3:32)
  7. 7 After the Hurricane (3:58)
  8. 8 Dream Big (3:35)
  9. 9 Live a Lie (3:15)
  10. 10 Fear (3:53)
  11. 11 In Love with Another Man (4:23)
  12. 12 Switch! (3:01)
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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
The 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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  • Posted October 1, 2010

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    Blazin'

    This young lady is the truth, it's been a long time coming. Tracks like Bust Your Windows and Fear are off the chain. Not to mention the leading single Need U Bad. With her Jazzy/Gospel voice, Jazmine will be around for a long time and I look forward to each and every album and concert to come. Since Lauren Hill wants to act stink and leave us all hanging. God sent us Jazmine. Thank you God!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Wow! She sounds like Lauryn Hill!

    OMG! I've never heard of Jazmine until i flipped thru the videos 1 day and heard this voice that sounded like Lauryn Hill and it was Jazmine Sullivan. I love &quot Need U Bad&quot and will definitely support when the album comes out. Can't wait to hear the rest of her songs.

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