Two Eleven

Two Eleven

by Brandy
     
 

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Brandy could have released another adult contemporary-oriented set, or linked with the dance-pop producers who have boosted many of her fellow artists. Instead, she made a modern R&B album. Even Two Eleven's most upbeat and commercial song, "Put It Down" -- a blocky, bass-heavy number featuring Chris Brown and production from

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Brandy could have released another adult contemporary-oriented set, or linked with the dance-pop producers who have boosted many of her fellow artists. Instead, she made a modern R&B album. Even Two Eleven's most upbeat and commercial song, "Put It Down" -- a blocky, bass-heavy number featuring Chris Brown and production from Bangladesh and Sean Garrett -- was aimed more at urban radio than mainstream Top 40 stations. It became the singer's first Top Five R&B/Hip-Hop single in ten years, and it sticks out on an album dominated by aching ballads and grown slow jams. She took something of a risk by breaking from her norm and working with numerous songwriters and producers -- a large cast that includes Rico Love, the Bizness, MIDI Mafia, Warryn Campbell, Mario Winans, and Frank Ocean. It paid off. Much of what resulted teems with assurance and empowered, shot-calling sexuality. "Slower," produced by Switch and co-composed by Chris Brown, slips and slides with a dazzling backdrop. Brandy scuttles between relaxed and rapid modes to equally stimulating effect, following "Come here, let mama bring you up to speed" with "I know you wanna beat it up, but I'm sorry, that ain't really my thing." A piano ballad sheathed in synthetic tom rolls, gauzy guitar, and heavily treated background vocals, "Paint This House" carries some awkward and corny metaphorical/literal cross-ups but is too gorgeously arranged -- make that sculpted -- to be taken as anything other than an album high point. On the slow-motion "Do You Know What You Have," Brandy gets a booming, atmospheric beat from Mike Will, fresh from Juicy J's "Bandz a Make Her Dance." In a seductively challenging manner, the singer repeatedly asks, "Do you know what you got here?" That's a good question. Months after scores of music fans went bananas over an opportunistic resuscitation of a deceased peer's studio scraps, Brandy, a superior vocalist ignored or disregarded by many of those same people, released one of her best albums. She should not be taken for granted.

Product Details

Release Date:
10/16/2012
Label:
Rca
UPC:
0886919230529
catalogNumber:
192305

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Album Credits

Performance Credits

Brandy   Primary Artist
Tony Aliperti   Guitar
Pierre Medor   Keyboards
Rico Love   Background Vocals
Frank Romano   Guitar
Earl Hood   Keyboards
Eric Goudy   Keyboards
Dwayne "Dem Jointz" Abernathy   Vocals
Danny Morris   Keyboards

Technical Credits

Ryuichi Sakamoto   Composer
Mario Winans   Composer,Producer,Instrumentation
Brandy   Executive Producer
Brandy Norwood   Composer
James Scheffer   Composer
Warryn Campbell   Composer,Producer
Peter Edge   Executive Producer
Michael Piazza   Engineer
Breyon Prescott   Composer,Producer,Executive Producer
Conrad Golding   Engineer
Jim Jonsin   Programming,Producer
Björn Yttling   Composer
Pierre Medor   Composer,Programming,Producer,Engineer,Vocal Engineer
Daniel Morris   Composer
Francis Graham   Engineer
Justin Henderson   Composer
Courtney Harrell   Composer
Sean Garrett   Composer,Producer
Chris Brown   Composer
Rico Love   Composer,Producer,Vocal Arrangements,Vocal Producer
Lykke Li Zachrisson   Composer
Tha Bizness   Producer
Brandon James   Instrumentation
Ryan Ramsey   Management
Maria P. Marulanda   Art Direction
Nikolas Marzouca   Engineer
Tiyon Mack   Composer
Shondrae "Mr. Bangladesh" Crawford   Producer
Christopher Whitacre   Composer
Eric Bellinger   Composer
Shondrae Crawford   Composer
Mike "Snotty" Miller   Engineer
Thurston McCrea   Engineer
Dave Taylor   Composer
Harmony Samuels   Composer,Instrumentation
Earl Hood   Composer,Programming
Eric Goudy   Composer,Programming
Frank Ocean   Composer
Amber Streeter   Composer
Michael L. Williams   Composer
Dwayne "Dem Jointz" Abernathy   Composer,Programming
Pierre Slaughter   Composer
Carlos King   Engineer
Nate Burgess   Engineer
P-Nasty   Producer
Mike WiLL Made It   Producer
H-Money   Producer
Michael Miller   Engineer
Brandon Ramon Johnson   Composer,Producer

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