Friday, September 26, 2008

Jazmine Sullivan - Fearless (Album Review)

I have been seeing the name and face of Jazmine Sullivan damn near everywhere I go online. Now, I haven't heard anything by her, but it seems like just about everyone else I associate with online has. So, I decided I should at least see what all of the buzz is about. Just as I was prepared to give her a spin I came upon Ms. Turtle's track by track review of the album. I'm still going to cop a listen, but I think it's safe to say that she went IN on Fearless:

1. Bust Your Windows
This is her second single. I kind of want to like this song. Kind of. I really like the beat. According to wiki it was produced by Salaam Remi and samples "Bad Man Waltz" by Salaam Remi... Whatever that means, lol. Her voice isn't as grating on this song as the first single ("Need U Bad") but it's still not great. As for the lyrical content, it's about what you would expect. You broke my heart/So I broke your car/You caused me pain/So I did the same. Nothing really profound here.

2. Need U Bad
I hate this song. I just absolutely hate it. Missy Elliott's ja-fake-in thing she does irks me. JaZmine's voice irks me. The lyrics irk me. I need you bad I can't take this pain/Boy, I'm 'bout to go insane. GROSS. I'll say something positive though... It's catchy in that annoying way that you'll find yourself screeching singing it later.

3. My Foolish Heart
My guess is this is filler. It's forgettable in every way. Matter of fact, I had to start it over because I didn't realize it had come on while I was editing the intro of this review.

4. Lions, Tigers & Bears
I'll admit... I love this song. I love it so much that it got the repeat treatment weeks ago. I love the orchestral arrangement in the background - Salaam Remi does it again! The lyrics really talk to that young and girlish side of me. I'm not scared of lions and tigers and bears (oh my!)/But I'm scared of loving you.... Why do we love love when love seems to hate us? She got me on this one, I won't lie. Her voice still sounds nasally and whiny but I ignore it.

5. Call Me Guilty
The song opens with a phone call between JaZmine and her mom where she tells her mom, "Mom, he did it again... He hit me." The song goes on a hypothetical journey where she wonders if she should kill her abusive boyfriend. I almost want to give her props for boldly taking on a subject usually ignored in mainstream R&B and not trying to cover it up in metaphors. You know exactly what she's saying. The lyrics are straight forward: 'Cause if you knew what he did to me/I know I would get your sympathy/So if they catch me/I still ain't sorry/Just lock me up and/Call me guilty. The song itself, however, isn't all that interesting. It's actually quite boring.

6. One Night Stand
Hmm... I'm on the fence about this song. The chorus is pretty catchy. It starts off slow and forgettable but when it picks up it's almost infectious. Her voice is also less annoying on it. Content wise, she sings of a hook-up that went further than she intended. He was supposed to be a one night stand.

7. After The Hurricane
Predictable and boring. The way you broke my heart/and now I'm left with the pain/After the hurricane... Yawn.

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Eb the Celeb said...

I am loving the album but feel the A&R person got the tracklisting all wrong... the album doesn't flow at all listening to it as if... I actually changed the tracklisting around when I did my review and I loved the album 10 time better...

I cant wait to see her open up for Maxwell in a couple weeks...

Anonymous said...

I haven't listened to the album yet, so all I know of Jazmine so far are the covers and work she has done previously. I'm not crazy about the first single either and I wouldn't be surprised if the album is a bit content light...most things are these days. All of those things are valid criticisms if they are indeed so. However I think the reviewer is off base when she starts insinuating that Jazmine isn't talented, because she is. Eff what ya heard that girl can BLOW and what's more she can scat. I've been impressed by all the live footage I've seen. I was kinda leery after I heard she got signed and was wondering if they would be able to capture the magic of her on stage on appears they were not able to.