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Aaliyah's second album One In A Million will in my opinion forever be one of the all time best R&B Albums. Released in 1996 it was fresh, original and ahead of it's time in many way. Teaming up with the at the time unknown Timbaland and Missy Elliott, Aaliyah created a new sound that was impossible to resist.
The album is a move on from her first album which had a sweet, new-jack swing style to it. One In A Million is edgy and interesting while still showcasing Aaliyah's delicate but amazing voice.
The stand out tracks from this album for me are One In A Million, a smooth love song that still has a street feel to it, 4 Page Letter, Never Givin Up, a duet with Tavarius Polk, Got To Give It Up, a cover of the Marvin Gaye song featuring Slick Rick and If Your Girl Only Knew which has an insanely good beat and catchy chorus. There is an amazing remix of this song featuring Missy and Timbaland which is well worth hunting down. A Girl Like You and Never Comin Back are also great songs.
The versions of Hot Like Fire and The One I Gave My Heart To are not as good as the single versions that were released and it's a shame these weren't included on the album.
That aside, there's not a bad song on this album and you can listen to from start to finish. The real tragedy is that there would be only one more Aaliayh album after this one before her untimely death but this album is a testament to her talent and I'm sure will still be listened to for many years to come.
The late R&B singer Aaliyah (Haughton) was seen to make great progression as she moved on with her second album as after the troubles which involved her relationship with R. Kelly, Kells no longer worked with her musically, and so on "One In A Million", the 1996 album found her on this occasion finding the Virginia producer Timbaland to help her out and advance from her past as a Post-New Jack Swinger.
1. "Beats 4 Da Streets" (Intro)
2. "Hot Like Fire"
After having Timbo lay down some freaky beats to give some sort of indication of what he could possibly bring with this album (as he would soon after with the release of Ginuwine's debut album) you get that here she s guided right into a smooth R&B tune where she is able to show off the new sound of her material and how she had been able to advance without Kells on her side. It is a tune which eases you in and gives you a chance to slowly work your way in.
3. "One In A Million"
This was one of the biggest singles to come off the album, which is perhaps why it was chosen as the name of the record, and it sees her riding the erratic percussion and smooth synth of Timbaland better than just about all who had had the opportunity to do so at this point. It sees her coming hard with one of the most gentle songs form the collection and makes a massive impact in spite of its low pace and calming effect.
4. "A Girl Like You"
Naughty By Nature's Treach is seen to join her here as she shows that she is still capable of some Hip Hop-influenced R&B as she is with the more traditional stuff and so after he has had the chance to set up the mood for the piece, you see that here she is able to show how she is able to work off this new groove at a time when New Jack Swing had completely phased out (as even its innovator, Teddy Riley, had stopped using it within work from his group BLACKstreet at this point) and so it sounds to be even ahead of the time (as Kay-Gee of the New Jersy-based Naughty camp odes the beats).
5. "If Your Girl Only Knew"
Strangely picked up as one of the most popular tunes on the beatboxing seen, this is a soft and gentle song from the singer and one which has her perform a remake of an Aretha Franklin song with a massive twist as you have some of the funkiest grooves heard in Timbo's composition to support her along the way. It is a killer tune from her and gets her doing things in a composed many as she sings an emotive song which has lots of power in its lyrics.
6. "Choosey Lover"
This lengthy one gets her showing off great originality as she gets down to one where she is able to show how the influence of big players in the seventies Soul game led to what you see with her here as she does one which has her starting by singing in a style which fits right in with the times which she grew up on before she switches up things for a more contemporary sound to leave you on a high from this great concept piece.
7. "Got To Give It Up"
Here you get even more Old School flavour coming through, but here it works on so many levels as here one instance of this comes from the simple fact that she is singing a classic jam from Marvin Gaye, but it does stop here as you fin that she is joined by one of the Hip Hop game's greats as Slick Rick gets on top of the production at the start (and midway through) to lay down flows which take from his "Children's Story", and this is all topped off by getting her on the beats from the late great Michael Jackson's timeless "Billie Jean".
8. "4 Page Letter"
This is a powerful song form her and a single which really deserved the attention it received as with it you find that Timbo gets back on the beats and lays down something calm, yet engaging for her to work off as she writes a powerful ballad which really does the job as she sings of how she has written a letter for her partner. It is a song which you can't really ignore the power of and one which is bound to hit you form the first time you here it.
9. "Everything's Gonna Be Alright"
Darkchild is on the beats here, and as he was another who promoted and utilised the sort of beats which really peaked in popularity when Timbo Kandi Burress and himself were dropping hit after hit in the late nineties and '00s for the top names in R&B it means that it was really far ahead of the time and does big things as she does a mid-tempo re-make of Kool & The Gang's "Ladies Night" to a nice effect.
10. "Giving You More"
The Funk that comes from the J. Dibbs production here is simply too much for it and takes things to new highs as you find that with this one, the matured singer is able to lay down a seductive song, in which she is able to show the quality in her vocal abilities and how well she is able to implement this in such a freaky, yet soothing tune such as what you get in this case. It is done well and sits as one of the best non-singles on the album.
11. "I Gotcha' Back"
With this one it is Jermaine Dupri who gets on the beats here and in expected fashion you find that Atlanta's JD chooses to take things towards the mid-tempo material where she is able to get into the much more soulful R&B material. It is one which does big things on the album, but one which you could easily overlook due to it being a song which doesn't really stand out, but does get some excitement through the same sample which Dre used for his classic "Nuthin' But A 'G' Thang".
12. "Never Givin' Up"
With this you find that she chooses to move her music towards the ballad material to show off the range of things that she is able to come up with on her sophomore release, and so with this one she causes there to be a massive change in the general feel of the music and its effect upon the listeners as she gets into another which doesn't really sit as a memorable song, but is one which you will be taken over by as you listen through it.
With this one I felt hat the music sounded as if it had made a transition towards a bit more of a soulful R&B style and so here you see that in it Timbaland is able to come with some cold beats to back her as she comes with vocals which contrasts greatly from this and cause you to be drawn right in by them to get you to feel the full effects of what her voice is able to do to you without the production being an influence upon this.
14. "Never Comin' Back"
Here the tempo seems to be altered as it ups a gear with this one and becomes a lot more appealing as you find that with it she is able to really get you going and liven up the atmosphere to some degree i order to really get you going and feel the full effects of her talent and what it is capable of. Timbo's innovative beats are strange in the fact that they don't really guide the way for her, and instead she seems to bring about the speed herself to a nice effect as she splits from her partner.
15. "Ladies In Da House"
As the title indicates, this one has her sticking to the more street-friendly material and so after Timbo and the singer hype things up with a little call-and-response, it is seen that things progress as she does one which isn't really tied down by any real subject matter, instead she is just bale to let things flow out and just have fun with it so that she can just let down her guard (as far as the song writing goes) and do something to just let loose to.
16. "The One I Gave My Heart To"
In the final track we find that she returns to the traditional ballad format in order to leave things on a high and to show just how successful she can be at both writing and singing her own stuff. It is an emotive song and one which has her making he most out of her talent in order to make for a song which rounds off the album in a way to make you feel satisfied from a release which doesn't slip at any point.
17. "Came To Give Love" (Outro)
Although a far stretch from what was found in her first album, this one is just as strong as you find that there is a great balance in the range of tunes and the way that she chooses to go about making he music and bringing it all together to leave the listeners on a high. It is an very good R&B album, and one which makes the most of the production of both Timbaland (in his early years) in addition to other well-known acts.
I recently wrote on Aaliyahs latest self-titled album, the one she released just before she was tragically taken from us. Well now I'm going to write on another of her great albums, she has released 3 in total, 'Age Ain't Nothing But A Number' 'One In A Million' and 'Aaliyah' I love Aaliyahs latest album, I think it has a few weak links but the good tracks are just the best which is why I tend to listen to that CD more than the other one I own, 'One In A Million'. However 'One In A Million' has less weak tracks and more consistent quality which I like. One In A Million was Aaliyah Haughtons second album and I'm quite confused about when it was released. Some say it was released last year, but I thought it was sometime back in 94-96?! I thought she was only 16 when she released this album, if anyone knows, please let me know if you could! Cheers! Anyway this CD was very popular and probably still is now! If you want to remember great talent, you should listen to this CD. The CD consists of 17 tracks and the album features Missy Elliot, Aaliyahs pal, Timbaland and Michael Haughton as an executive Producer. The cover of the CD is nothing special but the picture of Aaliyah does remind me of well known singer, Gabrielle. Aaliyah is wearing dark glasses and her hair like Gabrielle wears it, with a side parting, if I didn't know better I would of said this was a young picture of Gabrielle herself. This opinion is on a good, listenable album, 'One In A Million' Track1: Beats 4 Da Streets (Intro) The intro is nothing speical, but it is catchy and unlike most intro's on CDs I tend to listen to this 2minute track. 8/10 Track2: Hot Like Fire I like this song, a great proper first track to an album. The song is quite long, it is catchy, beaty and features many voices which sounds pretty good on the track. The chorus lyrics are sl
ow but beaty, they are simple but catchy, I like it a lot, it's a different style which I enjoy listening to. 8/10 Track3: One In A Million The album is named after this track, this is one of my favourite tracks on the CD, it's about special love, I adore the songs lyrics. The beats are brilliant on this track and it comes well after Hot Like Fire. 9/10 Track4: A Girl Like You I adore this track! It features a male voice which I'm guessing is Timbalands, this song carries on a great run of tracks after Hot Like Fire and One In A Million. The chorus is really catchy and I love it, the verses however are a lot less beaty and more quieter, still however this song is great, Aaliyah's voice is brilliant! 9/10 Track5: If Your Girl Only Knew This song is beaty and catchy, Aaliyah sings about someone who is after her, but has a girlfriend, she talks about the things if only this girl knew. The lyrics are interesting but can get a bit tiresome, the chorus is brilliant though, I enjoy this track, it's beaty, dancy and interesting. 9/10 Track6: Choosey Lover (Old school/New school) This song is catchy and great to listen to, it probably suits backround music as it is quite a slow song, the lyrics aren't majorly interesting but I like the chorus, it's interesting and original. There is just somethnig about this track that makes it what it is. 8/10 Track7: Got To Give It Up A lot beatier than the last track, this song features male voices, even a little bit of male rap! Aaliyahs voice is introduced after the male voices, her voice is a lot stronger than on other tracks, the lyrics are simple and not that catchy but the chorus makes the song good, it's beaty, loud and cool! 8/10 Track8: 4 Page Letter I like the beginning of this song where the music is slowly turned up to Aaliyahs voice. The track itself is made from
the lyrics, they are slow, calm and relaxing as well as interesting. The slow beats make the lyrics catchy and a really calm, good track to listen to. I enhjoy this song, it's great for just listening to, but it's also great for backround music. 9/10 Track9: Everything's Gonna Be Alright This song is quite long and quite beaty, its beatier than the last track and enjoyable to listen to, the lyrics are ok but I love chorus, its cool! You can understand the lyrics, the song makes you feel however bad things are, things can be alright, I enjoy listening to this track, it has interesting beats and a wicked chorus! 9/10 Track10: Giving You More This track isn't as good as some others on the album but it's listenable, calm and relaxing. The lyrics are interesting but the song does become a little boring after a while, this song is perfect for backround music but nothing else really. 7/10 Track11: I Gotcya' Back This is a pretty quick track, it is only nearly 3 minutes long but it's catchy and cool to listen to! It isn't long winded which I like, some of the other tracks on the album are rather long which can get a bit annoying! I enjoy this song, it's nothing amazing but it's pleasant and listenable! 8/10 Track12: Never Givin' Up There is a long intro to this song before you actually here Aaliyahs voice, when you do hear it, it is soft and not strong at all, the verses make up this song, there isn't much of a chorus, this track would make excellent backround music, towards the end of the track, a male voice is used, it stands out because it makes Aaliyahs voice seem even quieter and softer! This track is long and tiresome though. 7/10 Track13: Heartbroken This song is slow but gets quite beaty in places which is good because it keeps you interested in the song, I like this track, it is quite long but the lyrics are i
nteresting and the beats are relaxing, the tempo changes throughout the song which is different. 8/10 Track14: Never Comin' Back A pure ladiez song! This track is nothing amazing but the lyrics are cool and speak the truth! Aaliyahs voice is pretty good on this track and although it is good, this song does become a bit tiresome, it isnt' one of my favourites! 6/10 Track15: Ladies In Da House Another wicked Ladiez song! A male voice, probably Timbalands is featured on this track, this track is nothing groundbreaking but it is a good song. It placed well towards the end of the album because it isn't as good as some other tracks on the Cd. 6/10 Track16: The One I Gave My Heart To This slow track reminds me of a typical Mariah Carey slow song but 1000x better, it doesen't feature the sqeaky voice and grouchy lyrics, instead Aaliyahs voice is soft and wonderful to listen to and the lyrics and thought provoking and beautiful. I enjoy listening to this track. 9/10 Track17: Came To Give Love (Outro) Another 2minute intro/outro thingy! Quite catchy, features Timbaland and Aaliyah togethe well, a simple and pleasant ending to a pretty superb album from Aaliyah! As you can see I quite like this CD! The tracks are simple but superb, if you like Aaliyah you will like this album, it is pure Aaliyah style! cheer for reading all, best wishes emma xxx :0)
Being a huge Aaliyah fan I’ve written about her two albums Age aint nothing but a number and her last self titled album and I’ve written about her in general. But I haven’t written about my favourite album of all time. Which happens to be her second album ‘One in a million’ Miss Aaliyah Haughton released her debut album ‘Age aint nothing but a number’ way back in 1994. She proved she had the talent at 14 and she made a big impact with her debut single ‘Back and forth’ Two years later she followed it up with the absolutely superb ‘One in a million’. Even though Aaliyah was only sweet sixteen her voice had matured since her debut and people took note of that. Even looking at her pictures you would never have guessed she was only 16! When the album was released I thought she was the coolest. I thought her street yet feminine style was just so cool and you can bet I used to try and do the same side parting that she used to do in her hair! Oh the shame! She worked with R. Kelly on her first album but decided it was time for a change and teamed up with hip-hop producer Timbaland and the totally wicked Missy Elliot. I’m really glad she worked with Timbaland as the two of them work really well together. They both create and unique sound together. Also Missy Elliot adds a brilliant touch to the album too. This album definitely changed the face of R’n’B. The album consists of 17 tracks including the intro and outro. On the cover it shows Aaliyah with her trademark Sunglasses. She’s leaning against a wall where it says ‘One in a million’. Inside the cover there is all the usual information about the tracks on the album and has some pictures of Aaliyah in there. ~~*THE TRACKS*~~ BEATS 4 DA STREETS (INTRO) 2:10 When I first heard this intro I thought this is so weird! It has quite a spooky feel but when it
gets into it, it sounds really cool. It starts out with Missy ‘Misdemeanour’ Elliot calling out for Aaliyah, telling her to wake up and introducing the album. Missy raps for a bit on the intro before Aaliyah starts singing ‘Beats 4 da streets’. Quite an odd start to a brilliant album but there you go. HOT LIKE FIRE 4:36 This song is just such a classic for me. The original version features Missy Elliot and is a really good track. The beats are really cool and I really love the intro to this song. I like the sound of the song as it kind of has an Erykah Badu sound to it. I think Aaliyah’s voice really compliments the music. This song is quite different to all the other songs on the album and that’s what I like about it. It is quite slow but not too slow. I think it is just right. It has a cool vibe about it that I cant explain I just think it is really different to all the other songs, which makes it, stand out. It’s a different song, which makes you want to chill out really. The instrumental version of this song is also really good and worth listening to as it is a really good version of the song. The original version is on the album but I preferred the Timbaland remix which was more hip-hop with better beats and a better sound overall. The Timbaland groove remix was released as a single. I think the album version was much slower and more soul whilst the remix was more hip-hop. I absolutely adore the Timbaland remix because it is just so good. It has brilliant beats and the whole vibe of the song is just so hip-hop. I think Aaliyah sounds great on both tracks, as they are both very different. The video to this song is really good as well. There are quite a few familiar faces in the video such as Lil’ Kim, Missy Elliot and Timbaland. The whole video has this ‘red’ vibe going on which suits the ‘hot like fire’ thing then. The reason I love the remix so much because it is really
different to the original version but still worthy of a single release. Most remixes are quite boring but this one is just brilliant. Timbaland’s rapping in the background is also really good. This version is also more of a dance song as well as I can imagine people getting their groove on to this one. Overall this song has got it going on, not a song you get tired of, as I still love it as much as I did when it was released. Both versions worth listening to. ONE IN A MILLION 4:30 This song is an absolutely beautiful ballad with a hip-hop edge. It starts off quite slowly with Aaliyah singing softly. It is definitely a track to chill out to. It is slow and very sultry and that’s what I adore about it. I think this track was Aaliyah’s favourite. This song is really touching to be honest. It talks about how someone’s love is one in a million as they are just so special. It really has beautiful lyrics which I think are definitely worth listening out for. It has really great beats on the song to, which definitely compliment Aaliyah’s sexy voice. That’s a major advantage to the song, the way the heavy bass line meshes really well with her voice, quite contrasting but work very well together. The video is really slow and soft just like the song itself. It is definitely a sexy video, which just suits the whole persona of the song. The video also features Missy, Timbaland and Ginuwine. This song really stands out on the album, as it is just so easy to listen to, it’s just soft and really easy going. A song anyone can love to be honest. A very addictive song, I know a lot of people who think this is Aaliyah’s best song ever, I would have to agree, as it is just such a great song with beautiful lyrics. I don’t think anyone else could have worked this song as well as she did, this was her song and a brilliant one at that. One thing that I love about it is that it’s got great beats but this ballad is
kept simple which really emphasises Aaliyah’s voice. This song is just so special and a brilliant title track! Overall this song is just so touching, I think it really shows Aaliyah’s vocal talent. It really proves she could sing brilliantly. GIRL LIKE YOU 4:22 I love the intro to this song, it’s got quite a bit of rapping on it but that really suits the song on a whole. It takes quite a while for Aaliyah to start singing on this track but it still sounds brilliant, as the rapping is really good. The rapping is basically a guy telling (or rapping) Aaliyah that he wants a girl like her, which equals a girl like you. This song doesn’t really stand out like a few others but I have to say this track does grow on you slowly as that’s what the case was with me. I think the beats are really good on this song. When it first starts you probably think it’s a slow track but it is quite fast and up beat and that’s what I like about it. I can imagine myself dancing to this song, as it really is a fun song, its not really that repetitive either. I think the rapping goes very well with Aaliyah’s sweet singing, a good contrast. Aaliyah’s sounds quite different on this track, her voice is bit higher than on the other tracks but this is quite a good effect for the song and goes well with the deep voiced rapping. The chorus is also quite a catchy part of the song. Like most of the hip hop songs on the album this song has got quite a heavy bass line but that’s the formula for the song which works really well with the music. This song is one of those that does grow on you after a while, it isn’t one of those tracks you instantly here and want to play over and over but it does grow on you. It’s definitely a very catchy song with a great bass line. Overall a really cool track worth listening to which is different to a lot of other tracks on the album. IF YOUR GIRL ONLY KNEW 4:52
This song has absolutely brilliant beats. It really is such an addictive song with a really good meaning to it. This song is just pure R’n’B and probably one of my favourite Aaliyah songs. I bought this song when it was released in 96, I loved it then and I love it now. This song does not get repetitive at all. It isn’t outdated at all and has a fresh sound to it. This song isn’t fast but quite slow but with heavy beats backing up Aaliyah’s soft voice. This isn’t one of those ballads but its one of those hip hop songs with Timbaland. This song isn’t really dancing material but whenever I hear it I just have to get jiggy with it! I just start dancing because it really is one of those songs that makes me wants to get up and dance! Seriously this is just a classic song for me, I just love it! When I first heard it I thought, wow what a cool track, it’s so different. And the people I’ve recommended this song to say exactly the same, they wouldn’t even realise it was released way back in 96! The video to this song is also cool to watch. It really is a sultry video, which really suits the song! Aaliyah rides a motorbike in this video and her outfits are also very cool! The meaning behind the song is basically about a guy hitting on Aaliyah who already has a girl. Hence Aaliyah singing ‘if your girl only knew that you was trying to get with me, what would she do?’ In the background you can hear Timbaland rapping which adds the hip-hop element to the song. I think this is just pure Aaliyah. If I were to recommend you listen to an Aaliyah song I think you should listen to this, as it is just such a classic. I don’t think I could ever get bored of this song. A loveable song, which is just excellent. Even after six years this song still seems so original and fresh. I haven’t heard any other songs like this and that’s what so original about it. I think everyone’s heard it, they just
can’t remember it! For the best effect, blast this song to full volume so you can here all the beats. CHOOSEY LOVER 7:07 Now this is a slow jam! It is such a nice song to listen to. It really is such a romantic song and I think Aaliyah’s voice sounds beautiful on this song because it’s so slow. Really shows just how talented she was. The song starts out really softly and the slow beats just compliment the lovely slow music. I also love the lyrics to this song as they are really nice and are worth listening to. This song is basically about a lover that chose Aaliyah, and the song is basically about how Aaliyah will make him happy. It is a romantic song and I think the background music is just lovely. This slow jam is one to relax to, you know with someone romantic. The tune and music sounds familiar as I’m sure ive heard it on other slow jams but Aaliyah makes this song hers. This song is just so soft and slow, it has a really nice meaning behind it too. Mid-way during the song begins to get fast and has more of a hip-hop feel to it. I think this sounds so good as it is quite a change to the first half of the song. The change really suits the song and gives it a really hip-hop edge. The second half is completely different to the first half and that’s what makes this song more enjoyable, its got two sides to it. even toward the end of the song Liyah’s voice changes to a more sexy tone unlike the first half when it was more sweet and romantic. This song is definitely a fusion of soul and R’n’B. I think one of most memorable moments in the song is the guitar part in the middle of the song. This gives the song a really romantic vibe. Overall this is just lovely, sweet song with great beats but still very romantic but with another half that is just totally different with more of a heavy beat and more hip hop. GOT TO GIVE IT UP 4:41 This song in my opinion has a bit of a disco feel to it
. It really is one of those party songs. It has a really wicked tune to it and I love the heavy beats because it really gives a really cool, party feel to this song. You can just totally imagine this song playing in a club! The song features Slick Rick who does some rapping on the song. He raps in the intro of the song before Aaliyah starts to sing and I have to say it sounds really good the way the song starts. The background music to this song is really cool and it sounds quite familiar but I’m not really sure where I heard it before. This song is just a totally cool party song, which stands out on the album because it sounds quite different to all the other tracks. The backing music sounds really different so this song has a bit more of an edge compared to the other songs. I think Aaliyah sounds so good on this track as she has that party tone in her voice, and it’s more jokey than usual. In the background whilst Aaliyah sings you can here slick Rick talking and I think this gives the song a really party vibe as its happening there and then in a club. I think the first time I heard this track I loved it because it was really different to anything else she had done before and instantly I became a fan of this song! It seriously is completely different to all other tracks on the album so if you like songs with a disco/party edge to them this song is for you. Overall a decent track which will get you in the mood to party! 4-PAGE LETTER 4:52 This song starts off really slowly and very low that you can’t hear it. You can just about here Aaliyah saying ‘Turn my music up’. After that the song slowly becomes louder and you can hear Aaliyah saying ‘up some more’. At first when I heard it I thought my speakers were messed up or something but that’s just how this song goes. This song is slow and soft, quite similar to one in a million but different in many ways. This song is just so nice to listen to. It̵
7;s got a lovely sound to it, which I adore. It’s got a very airy vibe to it, which really makes the song soothing and relaxing. I think it is just so smooth, sexy and sultry. Definitely a track to listen to when you want to relax and just chill out. Whenever I listen to this song I just feel like chilling out and singing along to the lovely lyrics. I love the fact that this song has a really nice tune to it and isn’t just slow and boring. It’s a really interesting song and makes you want to listen to the lyrics. Whenever I listen to this song I lose myself because it is just so nice to listen to. This really is such a mellow song, I could simply play this song over and over again that’s how much I adore it. This is probably one of my favourite Liyah ballads because it isn’t your average sad and boring ballad but has the Timbaland touch to it. The song is basically about Aaliyah sending a 4-page letter to her lover, which is enclosed with a kiss. It really is such a sweet song that is worth listening to. The lyrics really are worth listening to, as they are really romantic and special. I reckon this along with One in a million is one of her best tracks ever. Her voice sounds simply brilliant on this track. And personally I don’t think anyone but Liyah could work this song. EVERYTHING’S GONNA BE ALRIGHT 4:49 At first I didn’t really like this song to be honest. I just thought it was too average but like most songs it grew on me. I really started to love it as it quite different and I just loved the tune and beats of the song. This track is produced by infamous Rodney Jerkins who is responsible for many cool R’n’B tracks. This song is quite faster than a lot of the songs on the album and has quite an upbeat vibe to it. I find that this song is really catchy and fun to listen to. I personally feel like this is one of those songs that isn’t taken too seriously but is one of those laid ba
ck easy going tracks. I think it has a really cool and different sound. Also the way Aaliyah starts to sing on the song is perfect as she starts to sing at the right time. Aaliyah’s sexy vocals really make this song worth listening to as she just sounds brilliant on this track. This song is worth listening to it as I found it is a bit of a grower and you will probably end up loving this song. I think Aaliyah sounds really good on this song, her voice does sound a bit different though compared to her other songs. A disadvantage to this song is that it can get quite repetitive but if you haven’t listened to it for ages you will probably end up loving it. I guess if you listen to it you might find that the chorus is repeated a bit too much. at first the repetition of the chorus sounds really good but slowly it starts to get a bit too repetitive. I hadn’t heard this song for a while when I listened to it again and it just reminded me loads of stuff that happened in my life when it was released so that’s what I love this song quite a bit! Overall a cool song to chill out to as it has a really upbeat vibe about it. GIVING YOU MORE 4:26 This song starts off with a heavy bass line. I think this start to the song is quite original. Then Aaliyah starts singing softly and I think it goes really well together. The contrast of her sweet voice and the heavy bass line meshes really well. This song isn’t really a slow song or a fast song either; I guess you could say it’s in between. I think Aaliyah sounds good on this track like the others. It’s quite a catchy tune I think. It isn’t as good as some other tracks on the album but it is still good in its own way. If it were on I would still listen to it, as it is still a decent track. I really like the beats on this track as they sound really good throughout the song, not a repetitive song though. I think the whole tune of the song is quite simple and I think the simp
licity of the track gives it more of a relaxing vibe, and that’s what I like about it. The melody sounds quite familiar and its as if I have heard the tune somewhere before. The chorus to this song is probably the catchiest part of the song. This song wasn’t really a favourite of mine and I wasn’t too fond of it to begin with but it does really grow on you as it has that cool edgy vibe to it. This song is basically about having strong feelings for someone that you want to give them more, all that they want, all that they need. This song does have quite romantic lyrics. Overall I think the simplicity of this song makes it very enjoyable to listen to. Its sweet melody and heavy bass line mesh really well and compliment Aaliyah’s voice. Definitely another one of those tracks you can just chill to. I GOTCHA’ BACK 2:53 I really love the way this song starts out. It just has this really sexy vibe about it. A song that will want to make you dance. Aaliyah’s voice sounds really different on this track but that is not a bad thing. She sounds brilliant. This song stands out on the album for me because I feel it sounds totally different to the other tracks. It has a really R’n’B vibe about it and the way Aaliyah sings on it is really good as the lyrics need to be sang a certain way on this track. I also love the way Aaliyah says ‘I gotcha’ back’ in the background, which just sounds so sultry and sexy. The beats on this track are excellent especially in the intro of this song. Aaliyah’s voice does not clash with the beats but I think they contrast really well. I like the way the chorus is sung on this track, it isn’t catchy like some other tracks but still has a good vibe about it. The main tune of the song is really nice as well and I think the bass line is just right for it. this song is low tempo with quite a heavy beats which makes it seem a lot faster than it actually its. The l
yrics aren’t brilliant on this track but the meaning is quite good. Basically about how Aaliyah can keep a man and leaving all the other woman wondering how she does it. Also how she will always have ‘his’ back when he needs her or just wants to chill. Also this song makes me think Destiny’s child may have got a lot of their ‘survivor’ inspiration from this song. Overall I think this is a cool track worth listening to. It isn’t too slow and isn’t to fast. It is quite a sexy track with a really different sound to it. NEVER GIVIN’ UP 5:11 This track starts off quite slowly and softly. I like the way it starts because it is really slow and has a really romantic vibe about it. It is a slow jam for definite. It is a really nice song but I feel it doesn’t really stand out on the album. It is a really soft song with Aaliyah singing really quietly and softly which I think adds a really nice touch to the song. It really suits the music. The chorus of the song is really nice also, and I think the music and the beats on this song are really nice. The melody of this song is just so beautiful, this song really is one of those tracks to make you feel totally emotional. This song features Tavarius and I have absolutely no idea who that is! But he does add a really nice to the song, as it sounds more romantic that both a guy and gal are singing the song. The meaning behind this song is really lovely. It’s basically about a lover you can’t stop thinking about, so your never givin’ up loving them. The lyrics are just lovely. Really worth listening to. Really sweet song! Overall this is a really nice track but there are a few more that I prefer, this track doesn’t really stand out. HEARTBROKEN 4:19 This song is quite a nice track to listen to. It’s got a really nice vibe about it, which you can just relax to. The song is basically about a lover who’s gone
and left you, and Aaliyah is basically asking why she’s been left heartbroken. The lyrics are really nice and definitely worth listening to as they are just so sweet. But to be honest when I first heard this track I thought it was one of those romantic, relaxing songs but when you listen to the lyrics you realise its actually one of those sad, heartbroken songs. Back then I though why isn’t the music slower so it can suit the lyrics but now I think they go together really well as they are different but definitely do not clash. I think that is the style of the song and I think it sounds really good. I think Aaliyah’s voice sounds really nice on this song as she sings some really nice words and quite a bit of ‘la la la-ing’ which just sounds really nice. Overall this track is a really nice mid tempo song which I think probably grows on you if you here quite a few times. NEVER COMIN’ BACK 4:06 I love the way this song starts off. It starts out with Aaliyah talking to the crowd and I think this is a brilliant start to a brilliant song. It’s quite a slow song but the beats make it sound a lot faster than it actually is. The song is basically about what its like to be mistreated by a partner. About giving all the things they want and being treated bad, but love has you blind. Now according to Aaliyah this song is dedicated to all the ladies who have had their heartbroken! Go girl! This song has a really live vibe about it because Aaliyah talks to the crowd whilst the song is playing. I think this sounds really good and gives the song more of a personal touch. Different to a lot of the songs on this album. This song is quite simple and is just about Aaliyah doing her thing and doing what she does best and that’s kickin it live. The beats on the song are good and compliment Aaliyah’s singing. Overall this is quite a simple song, which is enjoyable to listen to because it’s so easy going. Definit
ely a song to simply chill to. LADIES IN DA HOUSE 4:20 This song is just such a wicked track on the album. It has a really easygoing vibe to it and the way it starts off is just really good. I love the intro music as well. Timbaland features on this track and gives it a very cool vibe. I think the repetition of some of the words gives this song a really cool, slow edge, which I love. The chorus is repeated a lot but I think it sounds really good. Aaliyah sings one line and Timbaland sings another and I think this sounds really good and goes together really well. I think the beats on this track are really good, and different. They give the song a really cool feel and Aaliyah’s voice works really well on the track too. I think the beats on this song really stand out because they are really hp-hop-ish and make the song really cool. I think the slow beats give the song the rhythm and help the song flow easily. I think this song is so enjoyable to listen to because its not a serious song and quite easy going and a lot of fun to listen to. When Missy Elliot starts to rap in the middle of the song it sounds really good. If gives the song more of a hip-hop feel and goes really well with the beats. I think Missy and Timbaland’s rapping voices go really well with Aaliyah’s Angelic voice. Overall a cool hip-hop song worth listening to if you just want to sit back and chill out. ONE I GAVE MY HEART TO 4:30 This is a slow jam, which definitely shows off Aaliyah vocal talent. It is really soft and very slow. There isn’t much background music and mainly focuses on Aaliyah singing. Aaliyah sounds brilliant on this track as it is slower and is just about her and her singing. She has to sing quite lightly as the song isn’t loud at all and I think she sounds absolutely superb. I think it really is a good track, which just shows what a talented singer she was. The beats are slow but quite heavy and they give the slow fe
el of the song a faster pace. The lyrics of this song are just really lovely. This song is about when you give your heart to someone special, and they end up breaking it and make you feel sad, it is a sad song but very powerful at the same time. This song is really special to me and I love listening to it as it brings back loads of memories for me. I love to reminisce to this song, as it is just so special. The whole song is just beautiful and the lyrics are so worth listening out for. Overall this is just beautiful music and one of the most special songs on the album. CAME TO GIVE LOVE (OUTRO) 1:40 The outro to this album is really good. The outro starts with some guy rapping and telling Aaliyah that she can kick it and the whole world is screaming for her. Aaliyah then quite quietly begins to sing and basically giving her thankyous. One of the nicest lines is probably ‘I came to give my love to the fans across the world reach out to you Touch the hearts of boys and girls’ I think this is a really nice line and Aaliyah sings it well. A very simple yet nice outro to a wonderful album. ~~*ADVANTAGES*~~ The advantages for this album are that there is so much variety on this album. There are tracks for pure R’n’B, hip-hop lovers and even tracks for people who love soft, ballads. That’s what I really about this album, you can play it whether you want chill, reminisce, relax or party. The songs that stood out for me were one in a million, if you girl only knew, 4 page letter, one I gave my heart to, hot like fire, girl like you and ladies in da house. To me these were the most memorable tracks on the album. The songs I will simply never tire of are One in a million, if your girl only knew and 4 page letter. Also and advantage to this album is that Timbaland produced it. I think he is just so talented and him and Aaliyah made a great team. ~~*DISADVANTAGES*~~ I am real
ly struggling to find even one disadvantage for this album but I think I’ll have to say that I was surprised the Timbaland remix of hot like fire was not on this album as it was much more catchier than the original. I really can’t find anything bad to say about this album! ~~*OVERALL*~~ This album is simply a classic for me as I loved Aaliyah’s style and her music was just superb. I think there are loads of tracks on this album that will stand out and catch people’s attention, as there are loads of class songs on here. That’s what I really love about this album is that there is a whole variety of different tracks to listen to. There are so many songs here that you can love. On most albums I usually hate some of the tracks but I enjoy every song on this album as they are all different but brilliant in there own way. There are so many songs on this album that I just adore because there really are brilliant tracks. This album really is different and enjoyable to listen to. My CD got so knackered I had to buy a new one! Seriously that’s how much I played it. It really is a good album showing some of Aaliyah’s best work. Released in 1996 maybe, but not repetitive and outdated at all. Give this album a listen if you want to here some beautiful ballads or some class hip-hop Timbaland-esque tracks. That’s what I adore about this album, it has some lyrically beautiful tracks but also has some more hip-hop songs that aren’t too serious. Aaliyah’s style was continuing to grow and change as it went on. She was still working with her two buddies Missy and Timbaland and I’m sure they would have made loads more beautiful music. This album is very different to her last, which was more alternative and soul. Whenever I hear this album I always forget the fact that there will be no more music from this talented lady. I guess you could say it hit me that my favourite singer in the world won’t be m
aking any more music. I grew up with her music and its really upsetting when I think about it. I still cannot believe this talented angel is gone, but her music should still be recognised. This album will always be hot like fire baby. (`*·.¸(`*·.¸¸.·*')¸.·*')® «°'¨`·.°BabyGirl°.·'¨`°» (°¸∆.·''(¸.·'''·.¸)`' ·.∆¸°)
"One In A Million" was released a fair while ago now, sometime in '96. Aaliyah, who had already had one platinum (million copies sold) album in the US, made a strong comeback with this impressing piece of work. She'd left R.Kelly behind, and joined forces with the r and b genius' Timbaland and Missy Elliott. Although the album wasn't perfect, it was sure amazing work to be produced by a 16 year old! It starts off with a brief and pointless intro (as most albums tend to do nowadays). After this, comes the memorable slick "Hot Like Fire". Sadly, this isn't nearly as good as the remix, but it's a good starter. The next track, "One In A Million" is a song which Aaliyah is remembered for. It has a distinctive slow beat which works incredibly well alongside the sweet vocals provided. "A Girl Like You" has an effective tune, but is totally ruined by the long and boring rap performed by Trent (?). "If Your Girl Only Knew", the 5th track, is possibly the best on the album. The backing beats are amazing and Aaliyah uses a really soulful tone throughout. "Choosey Lover" is a run of the mill r and b track with all the usual features + the superb vocals. With the help from Slick Rick, Aaliyah easily manages to update a classic Marvin Gaye song. Once again, the vocal arrangement is spot on! ("Got To Give It Up") "4 Page Letter" is the first proper love song on "One In A Million", with plenty of sweet flavouring to keep r and b fans 100% satisfied. Aaliyah uses the help of then unknown Rodney Jerkins on the next track "Everything's Gonna Be Alright". It shows Jerkins and Aaliyah at their best, with some fabulous up-tempo beats that "Darkchild" productions would soon become famous for. "Giving You More" is a very down to earth, relaxing s
mooth track, which could of been released as a single. "I Gotcha' Back" is a bit boring, but is still an above average effort which sounds slightly like "Rock The Boat". Aaliyah uses her chilled mode again on "Never Givin' Up" which is so relaxing, it's got me nodding off! I can't say I express any real feelings for "Heartbroken". It's Ok, but not real strong on the old vibes. "Never Comin' Back" is another fairly average song, which sounds like a combination of other songs produced by Aaliyah or Brandy. "Ladies In Da House" would be really cool if it wasn't for Timbaland's annyoing grunts and replys to Aaliyah's lyrics. My second favourite on the album is "The One I Gave My Heart To". It is one of my all time best love ballads written by (none other than the legendary) Diane Warren. I think this is an excellent way to end a way above average album!
My original review of this album was that it was boring, slow and basically dull. I'd like to go back on that because now i've concentrated more and carefully listened to the whole album a few times I think I may of misjudged it. Firstly, it isn't a huge, earth shaking album stronger than everything else. But I don't think that was the idea. One In A Million provides r and b fans with a recipe they couldn't argue with, an average but reasonably strong album sung by an artist who's voice is much better than Janet Jackson's. The stand out songs are: Hot Like Fire, One In A Million, If Your Girl Only Knew, Choosey Lover, Got To Give It Up and The One I Gave My heart To. These songs provide excellent listening. Smoothly sung by a rising star (who has sadly flown to a better place) who obviously wasn't just a scrape at the bottom of the pan. Working with close friends Timbaland and Missy Elliott, Aaliyah produced several award winning tracks that will continue to play sweetly in your head forever. It certainly wasn't given the credit it deserves, in the UK anyway. All the powerful songs mentioned above could of hit the number 1 spot had it been sung by a bigger star in the spot light. As for the rest of the songs, they don't really stay with you and you won't remember them. However, there isn't a song that I would skip due to its sour bad taste. The follow up self titled album had a much bigger impact to my sound system, but it doesn't sound like the same woman! A good album for a 17 year old girl, this inspired people like Brandy and Mya to stand up so we have Aaliyah to thank for that! Rest In Peace Baby girl
Disc #1 Tracklisting
1 Got To Give It Up
2 Hot Like Fire
3 If Your Girl Only Knew
4 One In A Million
5 Choosey Lover (Old School New School)
6 Everything's Gonna Be Alright
8 I Gotcha' Back
9 Never Givin' Up
10 Came To Give Love
11 Beats 4 Da Streets
12 One I Gave My Heart To
13 Ladies In Da House
14 Never Comin' Back
15 Giving You More
16 4 Page Letter
17 Girl Like You