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  • Summary: The seventh full-length studio release for the R&B singer is her first in eight years and features guest appearances from Daniel Caesar, Chance The Rapper and her daughter, Sy'rai.
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  1. Aug 20, 2020
    90
    She and her fellow writers and producers have put together the type of album that drowns out the world and keeps giving with each play.
  2. Aug 3, 2020
    80
    A record worth savouring, it sits alongside NewGen R&B talent – step forward ChloexHalle, we see you Kiana Lede – while retaining that classic touch.
  3. 80
    B7 isn’t exclusively a trip down memory lane, but it does cruise past a few old haunts. Brandy’s trademark raspy vocals and sublime harmonies on Rather Be and Lucid Dreams are nostalgia-inducing for anyone who grew up listening to her acrobatic riffs and runs.
  4. Aug 3, 2020
    70
    B7 is meticulous in its references to pop and R&B history, of which Brandy's own career is such an important facet.
  5. Aug 5, 2020
    68
    Though Brandy’s voice remains a beautiful, resonant instrument, her songwriting here is so often functional and humdrum, and her performances rarely sparkle with personality or feeling. It’s obvious she has many stories to tell; what’s less clear is what compels her to tell them, what makes her want to sing.
  6. Although ‘B7’ could probably benefit from an injection of tempo from time to time, as well as a little trimming – the granular ‘High Heels’, where Brandy raps under her Bran’Nu alias, disrupts the album’s more refined moments – it mostly thrives, thanks to her unwavering resilience, the unique texture of her vocals and the stellar production courtesy of DJ Camper, Lonnie Smalls II and the late LaShawn Daniels.
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  1. Positive: 20 out of 21
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  1. Aug 6, 2020
    10
    Beautifully flowing album, that challenges notions of melody and music. If you want to experience an deeply resonating album, brandy offersBeautifully flowing album, that challenges notions of melody and music. If you want to experience an deeply resonating album, brandy offers it. Just don’t go listening with expectations! Expand
  2. Aug 5, 2020
    10
    O arranjo do álbum é impecável, os acordes e melodias idem. Brandy fez uma pausa de 8 anos e seu retorno , em termos de qualidade musical éO arranjo do álbum é impecável, os acordes e melodias idem. Brandy fez uma pausa de 8 anos e seu retorno , em termos de qualidade musical é nada menos que triunfal. As letras bastantes pessoais nos leva a entender um pouco dos problemas que ela passou ao longo dos anos. Expand
  3. KRL
    Aug 6, 2020
    10
    This is a really interesting album from the poetic and deeply personal lyrics to the unique melodies. Brandy’s insanely good vocals bringThis is a really interesting album from the poetic and deeply personal lyrics to the unique melodies. Brandy’s insanely good vocals bring everything to life. This album requires multiple plays as it’s not catchy pop junk. Great album!!! Expand
  4. Aug 8, 2020
    10
    Eight years after her last effort, this album is no doubt long overdue, and her fans have been waiting, pregnant with anticipation. And BrandyEight years after her last effort, this album is no doubt long overdue, and her fans have been waiting, pregnant with anticipation. And Brandy delivers, and exceeds expectations, especially for those who were hoping for a vocal layering masterpiece. It is no doubt that this is one of her most cohesive projects, with a clear driving force being a focus on her famous vocal layerings. ‘B7’ is the album we have all been waiting for, and potentially a positive turning point for 2020. The control that Brandy had on this album is evident and makes for a beautifully intimate collection of tracks that makes this a contender for one of the best R&B albums of 2020, especially given its use of 2000s production as opposed to employing the same Trap influences that has been ever popularised in the last couple years, given the album further nostalgia and individuality.

    Beginning the album with the most perfect representation of what Brandy does best — vocal layering, 'Saving All My Love' is hands down one of the most magical first tracks in representation of R&B in this new decade, there is simply no way not to be swept up in the smooth instrumentalisation and vocals. 'Unconditional Oceans' showcases a sonically uplighting tracks, following with the beautiful soundscape manufactured previously, while not showcasing too much of a differentiation from the previous track. 'Rather Be' shows Brandy in her element, narrating an effortless display of love. The chorus is captivating, featuring some of the most heartwarming vocal layerings, transporting one to a land of endless loving. The next track takes us to the first interlude, with vocal layers that create what feels like a sea of tranquility, which features one of the most beautiful transitions into the next track.

    'Lucid Dreams', sounds exactly as the title suggests, and even more given what you can expect from Brandy. The track places you in a trance, comparable to an audio representation of becoming lost in time. The following track, ‘Borderline’, is probably the most hyped track by Brandy prior to the album’s release, and it definitely lives up to it. Lyrically, it feels like a representation of the crossroads between needing love, and finding the maturity to need to find stability within oneself. Brandy’s vocals here encourages a peaceful acceptance of a difficult situation, with some of the most beautiful belted notes throughout the track’s backing vocals. Clocking at 05:13, the longest track of the album feels much shorter than it really is. ‘No Tomorrow’ is a track that begins to infuse a little bit of a slightly more interesting, faster paced vibes, and no doubt features some of my favourite vocal layerings from Brandy, with the entire track featuring an entrancing melody that feels both haunting, but romantic.

    ‘Say Something’ begins to feature a more audacious sound, a departure from the romance that featured in most of the first half of the album, and while the track ends way too early and is way too short, is no doubt one of the more fun tracks on the album. The following track, ‘I Am More’ follows in the more upbeat vibes, with a fun beat and vocals that lay over with a strong presence, featuring a rap bridge, the mood is immediately brought right up, a beautiful transitional track to a more brazen narrative. The next track features Sy’rai Smith, Brandy’s daughter, and this mother-daughter production of 'High Heels', firstly showcases how talent runs in the family. While no doubt a beautiful context, is no doubt a low point of the album that feels sonically similar to the previous two tracks and is quite honestly, the most boring track on the album.

    ‘Baby Mama’, the first official single from this album, has some of the best lyrical content in 2020, with so much genuine positivity exuding from the track, and no doubt the best choice of a first single from the album. The feature of Chance the Rapper, is definitely one of the best decisions Brandy has made in terms of collaborations, and only adds to the song’s power. ‘Love Again’, a track which we have been blessed with, and was nominated for Best R&B Performance at the 62nd Grammy Awards, has been a fan favourite for a long time, and is kind of a perfect addition to this album as the penultimate track, bringing back the sweet and sultry blend of Daniel Caesar and Brandy’s vocals, the proof of a simple, but impactful track that sticks with you over time. The final track on the album, ‘Bye Bipolar’, ends the album with one incredibly beautiful piano ballad that reckons back to ‘Tomorrow’ from Brandy’s 1997 album ‘Never Say Never’. This is one of the most impactful lyrical moments on the album. Vocally, this is a reminder that decades into the game, Brandy still has one of the most powerful, impactful voices of all time.
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  5. Aug 3, 2020
    10
    Vocal masterpiece! Brandy has pushed limits in the R&B genre and continues to be the standard..
  6. Aug 3, 2020
    10
    The R&B singer is such an icon that when you google the phrase “the vocal bible” her picture comes up, all thanks to the supremacy and rangeThe R&B singer is such an icon that when you google the phrase “the vocal bible” her picture comes up, all thanks to the supremacy and range of her voice. Such a wonderful listen. Expand
  7. Aug 28, 2020
    6
    Me gustó pero no me encantó como para que tenga tan alta calificación de los usuarios.

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