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.… Expand