Brandy’s first single, street or proper, has dropped from her new upcoming sixth solo album titled Two Eleven. It’s the clubby “Put It Down”, and I’m curious to see what people think.
As for me, I’m not entirely sold on it. Vocally, Brandy still sounds fantastic. That voice of hers is still a fine tuned instrument. However, I’m waiting for her to really deliver something CLASSIC. This isn’t classic. It’s cute, it’s trendy. I mean, it features Chris Brown RAPPING. I’m not particularly here for that, but for all intents and purposes, it works.
My main qualm with this song is that it is low on musical melody. It’s a classic Bangladesh beat — heavy on stabs, kick/bass, and light on actual music. Which works for other pop tarts, but not for Brandy. THEE BRANDY. She of the multi-layered compositions that are lush, harmonious and mellifluous. She’s obviously trying to break back into the mainstream with the inclusion of Brown and of using the top-line of producers that are hot at the moment.
That being said, I wish Brandy the best. I’m going and will always be a fan, but I’d like more. I’m happy to have something though! I’d kill for a good collabo with Babyface though. “Sittin’ Up In My Room” was such a well written song IMO. I’ll take anything that features Brandy getting back to those singing roots that made her such a standout at such an early age. You can still hear it peeking through the hum-drum stale R&B that this song is attempting to fit into as she plots her return back to the charts.
The stans love it, I don’t think it will garner any new fans, but at the end of the day — we all agree that her voice is missed and we are hoping she wrecks shop in the very near future.