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Released in 2002, 'Full Moon' is a soulful pop album from pop sensation Brandy Norwood. Born in Misissippi in the USA, Brandy has brought her African roots to the USA with her feisty and soulful attitude portrayed on her pop/r n b album 'Full Moon.' Her music is tuneful and catchy, so these are sing-along songs without being cheesey. Brandy exudes class through her music without making it sexual, instead writing about love truthfully and wisely. Brandy has a powerful voice. She sounds a bit like the more well known pop artist Jamelia, with a slightly different vibe. Her music is more chilled out than Jamelia's, and as it is so tuneful it would be good music to play in the background whilst getting on with your daily tasks. The most well known track on this album would have to be 'What About Us', a song about not understanding how a relationship has broken down, and where the relationship has gone. Brandy has made her nationality of being from Africa and her place of birth, Mississippi, evident in her music for an interesting mix of cultures which have created an interesting sound of R n B and Pop music! You will not find another album like this, it is truly individual!
In my opinion, 'Full Moon' is Brandy's best album to date.. I recall listening to this album a great deal in my university days after a friend of mine made me a copy:) to add to my RnB collection.
'Full Moon' is Brandy's third album released in 2002 and it was definitely a cut above the previous couple albums.
Although 'Full Moon' was the main single off this album and was the main hit off it, most of the tracks on the album were hits to me and any Brandy fan would agree..
What I liked about the album were the slow tracks mainly and Brandy's smooth (almost slightly husky) voice and vocal ability which are showcased really well on this album.
The best tracks on the album in my opinion are:
'Full Moon' which is a combination of slow RnB with an slightly upbeat rythm and soundtrack that made it very popular.
'What about Us' was also one of the more popular tracks on this album. It is one of the more upbeat tunes with good lyrics, an upbeat soundtrack and heavy beats that made it appealing to listeners.
'Anybody' is one of my favourite upbeat tracks on this album; again heavy beats and sound, great rythm and one that you could dance to as well as relax to..
'When You Touch Me' is one of the best slow tracks on this album. It has a slow winding tune with great lyrics which Brandy delivers with a passion to her voice making it one of those tracks that you can chill out and relax to.
My personal favourite and what I consider the outstanding track on this album is 'Wow', love the lyrics, it is a beautiful track and one that I played over and over again and the lyrics go something like this:
'Wow, never fell in love so good, I look up and my world is brighter now... There's no more rainy clouds; Since love's here and now everyday I wear a smile - since he came in my life, the clouds are gone..'
It is a quality track and showcases Brandy's vocals really well.
The album has a really good mixture of fast and slow tracks that blend really well together making it one that would appeal to a wide audience.
I'd recommend the album, a good buy as one will not tire of the tracks.. Listening to this album again today, I think her more recent albums do not really compare to it and it was definitely her best work in my opinion.
©marina321 Dooyoo March 2009; Ciao.co.uk March 2009; Ciao.com March 2009
Because if they were, I'd be all "Ho-lee shit, this is great!" more often. Okay, so I was originally gonna make the usage of song titles even cheesier than in the title by saying I went "WOW" but... yeah. Shut up, it's my review and you can't have it. =(=(=( Before I start the mandatory track-by-track stuff- if you've never heard of Brandy, you're a deprived little man/woman. Plus you've been hiding under a friggin' rock or something the past few years, what with "Never Say Never," and her self-titled debut earlier in the 90's. Plus there was her ever-loved duet with Monica (The Boy Is Mine) but screw that since that's not on this album. Okay, here we go. Note that my instrumental knowledge is like Britney Spears' talent- which can be read as "practically non-existant-" so if I screw up something.. that's why. 1. B Rocka Intro- Techonlogical computer sounds like you'd probably hear on... I dunno. Some sci-fi movie. Maybe Star Trek or something. Complete with mechanical voice... then a bit of a sort of toned-down excerpt from the first single of this album: What About Us? Then Brandy says "This is real serious here." And we're off~ =)=)=) or something. 2. Full Moon- I THINK that... uh... thing playing at the start is a piano. Anyways, bit of random exposition/background info- this was the album's second single... and Brandy was pregnant during the video shoot. Yet she doesn't look it. That's actually kind of creepy. Also, the video had a big-ass full moon hanging about 3 feet from the ground in it, but anyway. The, as I call it, "one-two, one-one-two" beat kicks in... and during the chorus you can hear what sounds like horns blaring in synch with the words. Yay. Brandy spots a guy checking her pregnant married self out at a party, and she automatically falls for him. I bet
family.org was having kittens over this. oh well. I like this song. 9/10 3. I Thought- I cheated briefly and checked the lyric book for an idea of what the hell's playing in here. It just said "all digital effects etc." Crap. Uh... I'll just play dumb and say it's a seal barking, even though it sounds nothing like a seal barking. Shut up. Anyway, it's kind of in the style of "What About Us?" so... yeah. After each line in the verse, there's a "no you didn't," and halfway through the long-ass verse it changes to "yes I did." Make up your mind, Brandy. My god. Since I'm too lazy to describe anything else, I'll say the chorus is pretty catchy, has the same sort of style as the verse... and then it comes to the kickass bridge. That bridge is a sex god. Except not, since sex gods tend to be people... hmm. Oh, one more thing- Brandy sings "baby boo" in here. This induces many hours of giggling from me. ...hehehehe... "baby boo." 8/10 4. When You Touch Me- Wockachicka wockachicka... okay, I'll stop the cheesy porn music, since it's not some cheesy sleazy song. Starts with rumbling thunder and somewhat angsty/nostalgic dialogue from Brandy. Soft whistling sound-thing in the background. Something sounding like an acoustic guitar. Typical R&B ballad beat. Nice, if not a tad overdone. Hey, I think it sounds pretty, damn it. In any case, Brandy is waiting to see her man again so she can spend a special night with him. Playing Monopoly. SEXUAL Monopoly. Okay, yeah, that WAS cheesy. You were expecting something else from moi? If you were you honestly don't read my reviews enough. 9/10 5. Like This- I think this is a guitar playing against the beat... along with the occasional windchime sound. Same vein as in When You Touch Me, in any case. Except Br
andy's got her voice going a little huskier than it normally is. (I have to add that as I am typing this, I'm making like a billion spoonerisms per sentence for some reason. My keyboard hates me. Just thought you ought to know) "Please touch me like... the way I want you to, baby." Gee golly willickers, thanks for being so specific. Yes, I like making fun of the amusing lines. Muah. And as I listen to this, I just remembered that briefly, some guy- according to the lyric book, it's some guy named Teddy Riley doing... something called a "Talkbox"- sings along with Brandy. And I just heard a violin. Happy day. The end of the song, incidentally, leads us into track 5... 10/10 6. All In Me- Although the opening music is pretty (it's another upbeat track a la Full Moon, with a cute little... somethingorother playing in the background) Brandy sounds like she's trying to imitate a man and failing when she sings the opening lines. Brandy, dear... shut up. But then when the chorus comes in she finally sings somewhat normally. Thank god. Basically about how she'll help her man through all the tough times and such, somewhat like "I Care 4 U" by Aaliyah in that sense. Oh yeah, and halfway through it speeds up for a brief instant while Brandy delivers a rap. It's actually pretty cool. Plus it.. sounds spastic. Spastic is good. Everyone loves spastic. I said so. And the ending kicks ass. 7/10 (points subtracted since a frog leapt down Brandy's throat when she recorded this song) 7. Apart- Okay, why the hell is someone yodeling in the background? For Christ's sake, just shout "RIIIIIIIIIIICOLAAAAAAAAAAAAA!!!!!1111one" already. Cripes. Well, at least that's soon cut off by the stuttering beat, faint piano, and a harp repeatedly being... whatever the word is. Not plucked. It's that "I'm in heaven or a Philadelph
ia Cream Cheese commercial" sound. Seems Brandy's guy is a real butthole and she thinks "maybe we... are better off... aaaa-part." If she pulls a Blu Cantrell and pays him back by maxing out his credit card and generally leaving him broke I'll scream. Or cry. Or both. At first, I greatly disliked this song (mainly because of the Heidi-like yodeling man in the beginning) but listening to it now reminds me how pretty it really is. A great track. 11/10 8. Can We- Aka "What About Us with different words." Except I like both of the songs a lot. Actually, the music isn't exactly the same, but the beat... well... it does carry that sound. That very similar sound... actually, I think this was sampled a bit in the intro, along with the "What About Us" line. Anyway, Brandy's having a bit of trouble in a relationship. She wants to make it work, so, she's saying "True" after every line in the verse for some reason and she's... trying to... uh... make it work. Or something. Many electronic/digital sounds abound in here. I need a "People who suck at instrumental identification" almanac or something. 9/10 9. What About Us?- The very first single off the album, the video for which features Brandy smacking random shit with a baseball bat and generally looking really badass. The sound is VERY unique- the beat doesn't really match the words much, but all-in-all it still manages to work. Plus, Brandy actually says "what the hell" in here. Of all the people. Our little girl is all grown up now ;.; Then there's the little rapped-bridge halfway through, and then the rest of the song. Maybe I shouldn't type reviews with a stomachache, since I'm making it sound bland... when it really isn't. Subject matter- she's sick of her man. She wants him to go. Probably now, but maybe sh
e figures tomorrow. < br> Anyway. I think I identified strings in the chorus, so yeah, hooray. My day is complete. 11/10 10. Anybody- I wanna identify the instrument playing in the begininng for it kicks much ass. It's like... I dunno, kinda space-pad sounding. This song... well, actually, many people have compared it to the sounds of Aaliyah. And indeed, it sounds like a song Aaliyah would have sung (sang?) All I can identify in here is a violin at one point. A great song to dance to, while singing about wanting to keep a relationship a secret. Most I can say about this song is that it's especially catchy. It's... basically the epitome of... something good. And on another note, there's a faint clip played occasionally of an acoustic guitar- and it sounds like it came from a song off her previous album, Never Say Never. I think it could be from "Angel In Disguise" or "Learn The Hard Way," I forget... or maybe the title track, "Never Say Never." Just a random bit of trivia there. Random trivia is goooooooood. 15/10 11. Nothing- Strings start us off on this. And Brandy starts delivering a short, angsty monologue. Yay? I think I also identified an oboe in here... anyway, starts off into a slow ballad a la "When You Touch Me," except it's more in a minor tone. ANGST =( Although compared to, say... "No More Drama," this song seems positive. (I like No More Drama as well, so don't think I'm bashing it.) In any case, this song's actually quite pretty. Harp, strings, what I think is an oboe, a guitar (I guess a Spanish guitar or something), and Brandy. And of course whatever the hell it is that makes the beat sounds for a lot of songs. Life don't get any better than this. Uh-huh. 10/10 12. It's Not Worth It- During a sexy a cappella intro (with the voice of... I
think Michael Jackson doing backup- god help me) Brandy sings the chorus. Then... well, more monologue as the song starts to go into gear (slowly) with chimes and strings and such. Then it starts getting a bit faster. Seeing as I can't identify many instruments (aside from what I mentioned, and the occasional guitar strumming ) expect this track description to be short. Mainly Brandy's wanting to work through problems in a relationship and is willing to take the blame for anything she's done to hurt her man. AWW ;_; 10/10 13. He Is- Actually, since I kinda forgot to mention it on "It's Not Worth It," track 12 leads into this- hallelujah, mainly piano and of course the backbeat. Cute little ballad about Brandy praising her man. Very laid-back, mellow... and it has some kind of stringed instrument during the mother of all choruses. okay, maybe not the mother of all choruses, but I like it, damn it. And it ends with the chorus being sung almost a cappella, except for some finger snaps. 12/10 14. Come A Little Closer- Woohoo! SEX TIMES. Probably my all-time favorite ballad on this album- well, okay... "WOW" and "Die Without You" also are akin to orgasmic bliss, but I'm not listening to them at the moment. (Then again now I'm still on "He Is," so... I'll wait till it gets to this song to write the rest.) There we go. I think I can identify some kind of piano in here... and the digital instruments that make it all pretty-ful sounding. Yes. pretty-ful. It's actually a very romantic, sweet song about Brandy wanting to share a special night with her man (HMMMM >=| MY GOODNESS WHAT ARE THEY DOING) before he has to leave for some place. As I said earlier, it's a really pretty song, and- although this is only my opinion- one of the best ballads on the album. (I like WOW better. So there.) Plus it has a kickass bridge... and
strings in the bridge. Maybe it's just me, but on a pretty ballad, strings are a must. If there are no strings in the pretty ballad, cute little kitty-cats and puppydogs die, and who'd want that? I thought so. Another a cappella chorus at the end. Hummana hummana hummana baby. 15/10 15. Love Wouldn't Count Me Out- I honestly don't remember much of this song. Not saying it's the bane of my existance or anything (That honor goes to Linkin Park... and to a song by Tweet and Bilal known as "Best Friend.") Starts out with piano and strings and such- standard ballad fare- and soft cymbal taps. Another pretty song, if not depressing. Can't say much on this, except I can't believe I don't listen to this song that much. It's always the really good songs I seem to skim over... 10/10 16. WOW- More of the pretty digital sounds, although for some reason it makes me think of a misty spring morning. Just felt like sharing that with you. I think I hear a guitar and strings in there, though... and windchimes. Yay. And then piano, before it goes into a mild-tempo... ballad. Look surprised. (Hey, Brandy sings a lot of ballads, but those ballads are damn good, I think.) Her previous man was a real jackass, and she found a new man and she's feeling great, and she's been nothing but happy since finding him. This song here is one of the essentials to really appreciating ballads. Or something. I know, I love ballads a lot and such, and I love a lot of the ballads on this album, but this, "Come A Little Closer," and "Die Without You" seem to be the cream of the ballad crop. And ending my description on this song, I personally find it impossible to listen to this song and not find myself smiling when it's done. It's just got some kind of uplifting quality. 20/10 (Hmm... maybe I should start doing scores out of 20...) 17. Die Without You- As the album draws to a close, we're treated to another gorgeous ballad. Strings, faint harp, finger snaps... and Brandy's own brother, Ray J, dueting with her. He sings one line, then she sings the next (then it switches halfway through the verse) and then the pattern continues in the chorus. Add in piano, and occasional guitar, and you have yourself one hell of an end song here. And when they sing together (least I think they do at some point on here, I kinda forgot) then... damn. 15/10 And that concludes it for our Full Moon viewing tonight. I'd make some cheesy remark about this Full Moon being beautiful or shining brightly, but I won't. Thank you. As evidenced by my remarks on the songs, you can probably tell I'm in love with this album, and that I highly recommend it. Even if you don't like R&B too much... if you're a ballad fan, or a Brandy fan, this album's definitely one that'll sit in your CD player playing over and over and over again until it burns up into nothingness or jumps out and runs away screaming from being played too often and then YOU'LL BE SORRY THAT YOU MADE THE ALBUM CRY. =( But in any case, definitely give this one a chance. Until next time, the Caffienated Yak will shuffle off to Starbuck's to appease his raging bout of caffeine withdrawal. (On another note, sorry if the formatting gets jagged at times. I keep trying to fix that so the lines aren't screwed up. The review seems to want to have screwed-up line placing... let us see who wins~)
Disc #1 Tracklisting
1 Full Moon (radio mix)
2 Full Moon (album version)
3 Full Moon (Full Intention club mix)
4 Full Moon (enhanced video)