• Record Label: Epic
  • Release Date: Dec 9, 2008
Metascore
67

Generally favorable reviews - based on 10 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 4 out of 10
  2. Negative: 1 out of 10
  1. What prevents Human from being a sort of Afro Pt. 2, then, is a minor onslaught of adult-contemporary schmaltz, something Afrodisiac's producers wisely eschewed.
  2. Human is a thoughtful, intimate work on which Norwood sings movingly about fragility and fear.
  3. Human is nothing if not a serious album, not to mention the least enjoyable release in Brandy's catalog. But it could very well be her most useful one.
  4. 60
    Her wispily aspirational singing tugs hardest on 'Fall,' cowritten with Natasha Bedingfield, where escapism and realism do battle and her pretty pony of love rides a beautiful rainbow that may or may not lead to the glue factory of hobbled dreams. Stay tuned.
  5. In succeeding for much of Human, Brandy makes a committed and surprisingly emotive return.
  6. The huskiness that defined Brandy's prior work has been replaced by wispier and higher tones. The result is pleasant but far less ambitious than her last CD, 2004's "Afrodisiac."
  7. The former "Moesha" star has never made a bad album, and she's not starting now with the appropriately rich and varied Human.
  8. Mr. Jerkins has returned as the main producer, and the sentiments of the songs, whether self-affirming or heartbroken, are back to generic ones.
  9. The preponderance of slow jams makes sense, given the introspection on display, yet none of them stands out enough to remind you that Brandy is more than just human.
  10. On 'Human' you can hear Brandy striving (understandably) to express herself, yet the result rarely rises above diary-entry tedium.
User Score
9.1

Universal acclaim- based on 33 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 7 out of 7
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 7
  3. Negative: 0 out of 7
  1. MikeyC.
    Dec 10, 2008
    10
    Very heartfelt album - probably Brandy's most introspective yet. While it's not as adventurous as Afrodisiac, it definitely makes Very heartfelt album - probably Brandy's most introspective yet. While it's not as adventurous as Afrodisiac, it definitely makes up for it in depth of lyrics and Brandy's beautiful trademark harmonies. Standout tracks include Warm It Up, Long Distance, Right Here, Human & First And Love. The best R&B release of 2008! Full Review »
  2. Sep 30, 2013
    10
    I love this album. Again just see Brandy doing something different with her sound. She does that with every album. I love the message of theI love this album. Again just see Brandy doing something different with her sound. She does that with every album. I love the message of the songs. Her vocals are amazing! Great job Brandy! Full Review »
  3. NeilM.
    Jan 1, 2009
    10
    Ok- so I'm one of those listeners, who has last.fm, and an iPod, and actually cares about what is ON his iPod, and when I hear a CD, I Ok- so I'm one of those listeners, who has last.fm, and an iPod, and actually cares about what is ON his iPod, and when I hear a CD, I expect to delete any number of songs that I know I won't listen to. I couldn't do that with this album! This album is amazing! Every track from Departed to 1st & Love, Long Distance to Something's Missing... just a fantastic album! And I'm picky. Full Review »