This week brings with it the eagerly-awaited return of Brandy, who will unleash her seventh studio album ‘B7’ on Friday July 31st.
The ‘Baby Mama’ led LP looks set to quench the thirst of fans, who last hit play on a project by the GRAMMY-winner in 2012.
Ever candid, the Vocal Bible has been open about the hurdles and hardships faced in the eight years that followed the critically-acclaimed ‘Two Eleven.’ With one of the most notable being the fall-out with her former record label; a legal wrangle that left her unable to release music for an excruciating spell of time.
Now, she’s taking flight to new creative heights on her latest body of work.
Comprised of 15-tracks, ‘B7’ sees Brandy – for the first time in her illustrious career – cowrite on every song featured.
Shaped by hitmakers such as DJ Camper, Hit-Boy, and the late and loved LaShawn Daniels, ‘B7’ is an effort B-Rocka bills as her most personal offering yet.
That Grape Juice was privy to an early listen of the entire album and echo said sentiments.
Join us below as we unpack TGJ’s Top 5 Songs You Must Listen To On Brandy’s ‘B7’…
A tear-jerker, this piano-led track combines evocative vocals with a compelling lyrical narrative.
Colossally candid, it’s as raw and revealing as it is mysterious. For, it penetrates so emotionally that it leaves the listener in deep contemplation about who the song is centered on (which cleverly feels like it’s been left open to interpretation). She sings:
Bye bye bye bipolar / I don’t really want no more disorder / Conditional love got me hungover / Cuz you strung me like thread I was damn near dead / And you f*cked with my head like led Russian roulette.
Driven by finger-snap production, Brandy’s trademark vocal layering takes center-stage on this deliciously infectious cut about the love of a special someone.
The richness of her tone and the texture of her instrument align and shine for what is sure to be a go-to number for lovers of her renowned harmonies.
Haunting and hypnotic, this honied gem again flaunts the singer’s ear for harmony and melody.
Like much of the album, the love song’s production is minimalist yet satisfying. In that it spotlights the potency embedded in using Brandy’s dynamic voice as the primary vehicle to drive the track to elevated levels of soulful bliss.
This moody confessional is melodic, mature, and one of the most memorable offerings on ‘B7.’ We found ourselves humming the hook before the end of the first play.
Lush layering is paired with resonating lyrics, in which she belts:
Oooohh I’m on the borderline / Yeah yeah Ooooh Don’t wanna be schizo this time / Never ever cheat, never lie to me I’m the most jealous girl in the whole wide world / Don’t you ever hurt me / I’ll change on you I will do, me and you..
This hard-hitting track sees Brandy go to war on a love that is no more. Pleading for a distant partner to ‘Say Something’ so as to save their union, she eventually finds strength in waving goodbye. During one fiery verse, she belts:
“Been on the fence and I ain’t looking back / You question my sh*t never picked up your slack / You did some things but I’m over all that / Figured I’d leave then you right about that.”
‘B7’ is released July 31st via eOne
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