The Best You Never Heard: Jennifer Hudson, The-Dream, Stevie Wonder & Brandy

Published: Thursday 26th Nov 2009 by Sam
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This week’s edition of Best You Never Heard features little known gems by Jennifer Hudson, The-Dream, Stevie Wonder and Brandy.

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Jennifer Hudson – Invisible

As seemingly one of the few who didn’t wholesomely enjoy Jennifer Hudson‘s 2008 self-titled debut, for me ‘Invisible’ – alongside lead single ‘Spotlight’ – stood far and above the rest of the album’s material. Produced by The Underdogs, the anthem-esque mid-tempo ballad is delivered with such conviction, rawness, emotion that one can’t help but ‘feel’ what Ms. Hudson is singing – the testament IMO to a great song and a an even better singer. Awesome track.

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The-Dream – She Needs My Love

2007 saw the emergence of songwriter The-Dream into the limelight with his smashing debut LP ‘Love/Hate’. Full to the brim with box-fresh hits, the album is best described as one of those where almost every track could have viably been a single – especially the steamy ‘She Needs My Love’. Put simply, the song is audio-fire! From the catchy hooks, to Dream’s trademark layered vocal arrangements, to the production (sparse cowbell driven verses which launch into a rousing chorus), this still goes hard today.

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Stevie Wonder – So What The Fuss

The legendary Stevie Wonder served up more of his classic brilliance, this time with a modern twist, with 2005’s ‘So What The Fuss’ (lifted from his ‘A Time To Love’ LP). Featuring Prince on bass and EnVogue on background vocals, this raw slice of funk re-positioned Stevie as a legend whose new music can stand effortlessly beside today’s chart-topping hits, whilst preserving the high quality we’ve come to expect from him.

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Brandy – Camouflage

R&B vocalist Brandy served up one of, if not ‘the’, best album of her career in 2008 with the release of the criminally underrated ‘Human’ record. Despite its lack of commercial success, the album will be best remembered IMO as serving up track after track of sheer brilliance – especially ‘Camouflage’. Produced by Rodney ‘Darkchild’ Jerkins and penned by Claude Kelly, Ms. Norwood entered new territory with this markedly Pop, organic guitar-heavy cut.  Yet she manages to ride the track flawlessly, really capturing the essence of what the song is about – a celebration of human  fragility and imperfectness. Great track.

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  1. pjayy November 26, 2009

    love the brandy cut

  2. hihihihihi November 26, 2009

    OMG I CANT BELIEVE U HATE RIHANNAS VOICE BUT LISTEN TO DREAM OMG HE SOUND SLIKE 5 AND HAS A BABY VOICE

    OMG OFFICIAL YOU A RE A TOOL AND PIECE OF CRAP

  3. nab November 26, 2009

    so many underrated songs by brandy in the HUMAN sessions….Porcelain doll, Fall, first and luv, Torn down but the masterpiece is DRUM LIFE the best rnb song ever

  4. nab November 26, 2009

    this song from THE DREAM sounds like RIBBON in the new mariah carey records…in the begnning…RIBBON ON MY MIND RIBBON ON MY MIND

  5. Monica November 26, 2009

    I love Brandy and J hud.

  6. musicwithin November 26, 2009

    *DISCLAIMER* NO HATE JUST STATING FACTS-Hey Sam that J.Hud track is not new. At least maybe here in the U.S it isn’t. It’s totally on my cd and I’ve always loved the track. In fact the same goes for the Stevie wonder track . In which actually has a video -YOUTUBE IT. That song must have came out more than 3 yrs ago maybe. The Brandy track was leaked on concreteloop (blogsite) about a year ago. It could be completely new to you guys but we have heard it all before.

  7. 12345 November 26, 2009

    @HIHIHIHIHI
    do you and rihanna fans have to talk about rihanna in every posts of this blog? Not really a fan, but I like her persona and all, but the girl is mostly hated because of her fans, you are all so childish, thats why there are so many wars between beyonce and rihanna fans, they both have childish fans and they get hated by the other persons because of their brainless fans

  8. Kay-T November 26, 2009

    @ Music Within…

    You must be new to the site. Best U Never Heard is about highlighting tracks that few know….no one said they were new!

    Keep up the great work Sam!

  9. Steffon November 26, 2009

    Love the Brandy song and album

  10. BiiNkDaDoll November 26, 2009

    I love the J.Hud. and B.Nor. tracks they were hott!!

  11. cassie November 26, 2009

    Stevie rocked on that song! I loved that song when he did it a few years ago on the BET Awards and the JHud song is awesome too. Most call that Stevie song “Shame” (So What The Fuss) lol Great picks though Sam. 🙂 I’ve always liked TGJ because you all aren’t bias and speak your mind about everyone and everything. So continue to do so because I loved the interview you did with Marz a few years back. Keep it up.

  12. nickalus Randle November 27, 2009

    BRANDY IS A BEAST !!! HER MUSIC IS SO UNDER-rated (it’s saddd), this album HUMAN deserved GRAMMY’S, AMAZING, REAL, PURE, TALENTED, LOVE LOVE LOVE HER & THIS ENTIRE ALBUM !!! CAMOUFLAGE is def a DEFINITE WINNER !!!! MY GOD !!!!

  13. norma November 27, 2009

    I love Brandy and all the other R&B chicks too, but none can campare to the beautiful and lovely Jennifer Hudson. Honestly. Jennifer Hudson has the best voice in the industry today hands down. Brandy has been missing in action for a while. Yes, she has a nice little singing voice. However, The last album she released was not very good. Monica is back on the seen, and she has not missed a beat. Her voice still sounds great. Beyonce and Ms. Keys can also sing, but is not all we have to offer. The industry would like to make us think they are, but I beg the difference. Jennifer’s ship is about to set sail, and fans in music industry are starting to come aboard. Jhud new album is on the way, and this time around is said to be a little more personal.

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