Human

Human

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by Brandy
     
 

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The album's title is a real life mirror of Brandy as a woman, an artist, a musician and a performer, communicating what it means to be fully Human: strong yet vulnerable, candid and triumphant, in love with life and in touch with the things of the spirit. Other key tracks include "Fall," which Brandy co-wrote with British pop singer/songwriter NatashaSee more details below

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The album's title is a real life mirror of Brandy as a woman, an artist, a musician and a performer, communicating what it means to be fully Human: strong yet vulnerable, candid and triumphant, in love with life and in touch with the things of the spirit. Other key tracks include "Fall," which Brandy co-wrote with British pop singer/songwriter Natasha Bedingfield, as well as the new songs "Long Distance," "Piano Man," and "Torn Down." Brandy's other musical collaborators on the CD include Brian Kennedy (Rihanna/"Disturbia"), emerging production whiz RedOne (Kat DeLuna, "Hips Don't Lie" with Shakira & Wyclef Jean), and James Fauntleroy (Jordin Sparks/"No Air").

Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Andy Kellman
Human's release marked the longest wait between Brandy albums, if only by a few months, and it's easy to understand why. After Afrodisiac's June 2004 release, Brandy dropped her manager, left Atlantic, broke off an engagement, was a judge on America's Got Talent, got into a car accident that caused the death of a driver, and signed with Epic (possibly in that order). Issued a few months prior to facing a wrongful death lawsuit filed by the husband of the woman who died in the accident, Human is easily the most platitudinal Brandy album, but it is no less compelling for it, even when blocking out the complicated context of the singer's personal life. Renewing her alliance with Rodney Jerkins, whose production and co-songwriting work dominate the album's first half, Brandy is clearly in a comfort zone that enables her to open up more than ever. This is demonstrated from the beginning, in "The Definition," where she declares a clean slate with trembling resilience. Through most other voices, optimistic "everyone together now" songs like "Warm It Up (With Love)" and soul-searching adult contemporary ballads like "Human" and "Fall" (written with Natasha Bedingfield) would wilt, but there's no denying Brandy's unforced sincerity. Nothing here will get any party started; Human is nothing if not a serious album, not to mention the least enjoyable release in Brandy's catalog. But it could very well be her most useful one.
Entertainment Weekly
Longtime collaborator Rodney Jerkins has crafted some standouts, like ''Piano Man'' (thankfully not ? a remake), that are hooky enough to combat Early-'90s Midtempo R&B Malaise. [B] Henry Goldblatt

Product Details

Release Date:
12/09/2008
Label:
Epic
UPC:
0886972727127
catalogNumber:
727271

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Album Credits

Performance Credits

Brandy   Primary Artist
Jim Sitterly   Violin
Jens Gad   Drums
Rodney Jerkins   Conductor
Brandy Norwood   Vocals,Background Vocals
Red One   Piano,Background Vocals
Toby Gad   Bass,Guitar
Kee   Background Vocals
Adam Messinger   Piano
Daniel Groover   Guitar
Kee   Background Vocals
Darkchild Orchestra Strings   Ensemble

Technical Credits

Brian Kennedy   Audio Production
Brian Gardner   Mastering,Remastering
Jim Sitterly   Arranger
Rodney Jerkins   Arranger,Composer,Producer,Executive Producer,String Arrangements,Audio Production,String Conductor
Brandy Norwood   Composer,Executive Producer,Vocal Arrangements,Audio Production,Vocal Producer
Mike Donaldson   Engineer
Paul Foley   Engineer
Crystal Johnson   Composer
LaShawn Daniels   Composer,Vocal Producer
Red One   Programming,Producer,Vocal Arrangements,String Arrangements,Instrumentation,Vocal Editing
Lindy Robbins   Composer
Victoria Horn   Composer
Dapo Torimiro   Composer,Producer
Bruce Waynne   Producer,Audio Production
Dirty Swift   Audio Production
Fusako Chubachi   Art Direction
John D. Norten   Engineer
Natasha Bedingfield   Composer
Andy Gwynn   Engineer
Jeff Bhasker   Composer
Toby Gad   Arranger,Composer,Programming,Producer,Audio Production,Vocal Producer,Bass Programming,Vocal Recording
James Fauntleroy   Composer,Vocal Producer
Greg Ogan   Engineer,Vocal Recording
Dernst Emile   Audio Production
Claude Kelly   Composer,Vocal Arrangements
Mattias Bylund   Arranger
Soundz   Producer,Audio Production
Brian Kennedy   Producer
Brandon Creed   Executive Producer
RedOne   Arranger,Composer,Audio Production
Hit Boy   Producer
Chase N-Cashe   Producer,Audio Production
Brian Seals   Composer
Jordan Omley   Composer,Audio Production,Vocal Producer
Bruno Mars   Composer,Producer,Audio Production,Vocal Producer
Kenneth Charles Coby   Composer
Chad C. Roper   Composer
Le-Che D. Martin   Composer
Tiyon Mack   Composer
Jesse Woodard   Composer
Waynne Nugent   Composer
Rich King   Composer
Kevin Risto   Composer
David Quinones   Composer
Jenny-Bea Englishman   Composer
Erika Nuri   Composer
LaShawn "The Big Shiz" Daniels   Audio Production
Phillip Lawrence   Composer,Audio Production
Marvin 'Tony' Hemmings   Composer
Chauncey Hollis   Composer,Audio Production
Evan "Kidd" Bogart   Composer
Christopher Breaux   Composer

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