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- Jazmine Sullivan Fearless Review
The tone and quality of Jazmine's voice is amazing. It is unique. I enjoy listening to her cd....more info
- Great cd...
This cd is good, but I wasn't looking for it to be so different. After I played it for awhile I started liking it more. Can't wait to hear more from her......more info
- Jazmine Sullivan
New artist with a versatile style and a lot to say. I look forward to what next for Jazmine. Saw her performing in concert on TV and knew I had to get the album. I liked the album before I got it. ...more info
i purchased this cd because i liked the 1st single and then i heard "bust your window" on the radio. but wat a surprise i was in for when i listened to this cd. this is one of those cd's that u put in and dont have to worry about skipping from track to track!! this ENTIRE cd is HOT!! i swear to god! u will not be disappointed. u will b shockingly suprised like i was. i was not expecting it to be just this good. i listen to it over and over and over again!! if u dont like the cd and you r a tru r&b fan i will give u back your money....more info
- Not What I Expected
I was disappointed with her debut. I thought her music would have been more soulful and thoughtful instead of somewhat psycho...busting windows out of people's cars for example. I was hoping most of the music would be similar to 'I Need You Bad". The CD does not catch my attention, it's just ok...There are only two songs that I really like off of the whole CD....more info
- One of the best R&B albums of 2008.
What can I say about Jazmine Sullivan? Well, first, she is an amazing vocalist; her soulful and raspy alto is simply beautiful. And her songwriting is just as amazing. When the two are mixed together, you get what is one of the best R&B albums of 2008, along with Erykah Badu's last effort and Estelle's second album. "Bust Your Windows" and "Lions, Tigers & Bears" are both mini-epics of songs with Jazmine emotional vocal delivery gliding over a full orchestra. They sound like perfect candidates to James Bond themes. (And goodness knows either one of them would have served as better choices than that mess Alicia Keys and Jack White just released). The #1 R&B smash, "Need U Bad," still remains an incredibly catchy and enjoyable song, even after months of hearing it. "My Foolish Heart" is a bouncy heartbroken. The dramatic and emotional "Call Me Guilty" is a tale of domestic abuse to the point where the protagonist feels the only choice is to kill him. "One Night Stand," about a reformed female playa, is a playful song with girl group-esque backup vocals. "After the Hurricane" is probably my favorite track off this set. It is an ominous, foreboding, and heartwrenching ballad with beautiful harmonies. "Dream Big" is a creative autobiographical jam that samples Daft Punk, which is apparently becoming a very popular trend in urban music. Jazmine's voice here is full of force and determination, showing what got her to where she is today. "Live A Lie" is a nice slice of laid-back throwback soul full of regret. "Fear" is a very vulnerable track in which Jazmine admits her many fears and it is laced with beautiful harmonies. "In Love With Another Man" finds Jazmine backed by a simple piano and nothing more. Even without all the production, she can convey emotion and tell a story. The bonus track, "Switch" is a whimsical and fun song, and a nice way to close the album. This album, in my humble opinion, is absolutely flawless. The songwriting, the production, and most importantly her voice are all on point, making this one of the best R&B albums of the year and Jazmine one of the most promising new acts on the rise....more info
- The Truth, Philly Stand Up.
This Cd is so hot, all of the tracks. She throws it down hard!!!!! Jaz can sing her [...] off and she's young. This is one of the best R&B cd's I have ever listened to. The songs are well written and Bangin Beats. You gotta get this album!!!!!!! ...more info
- Great Lyrics. Good Music.
This a great CD. Great Production and lyrics. Jazmine is a talented songwriter and composer. This CD is worth buying if you appreciate good soulful music. ...more info
- Beautiful voice
This album is great. I have been listening to it for 3 weeks now. She can really sing without over doing it. Great beats, which occasionally change during the song so you aren't being lulled to sleep. There are better songs than Bust the Window out your car (which is entertaining) and songs just as good if not better than "I need You" (such as "One Night Stand" and "Lions and Tigers and Bears") I would recommend this album to everyone I know and those I don't know. If you like Alicia Keys, Vivian Green, Lauren Hill, Eve, Missy Elliot (her work with other artists), Tweet, TLC, etc., you will LOVE this album!...more info
- The R&B world needs to make room
The comparisons to Lauryn Hill are not unfounded. However they have more to do with her writing style (lyrics before melody), her reggae & hip-hop sensibility than her voice. She sounds nothing like Lauryn but when you hear her, Lauryn is the first woman that comes to mind. Exactly the same as Estelle (check her CD out).
Jazmine does have a voice which one listen to 'Bust Your Window' will confirm. What sets her apart though is her abilities with the pen. She's like Keyshia Cole, Mary J. Blige and Lauryn Hill rolled into one. She's also backed by Salaam Remi who knows a thing or two about breaking new artists (Amy Winehouse anyone!).
I think that her hit `Need You Bad' might have resulted in her being pigeonholed into the neo-soul category and she is still flying below the radar but her sound begs for a bigger audience. With powerful ballads like 'Lions, Tigers & Bears' and 'In Love With Another Man' she is making a statement that pop radio will be hard-pressed to ignore too long. 'Dream Big' also has radio written all over it. It sounds similar to Will.I.am's `Heartbreaker' but a lot more uplifting.
Overall this is a strong debut, Jazmine manages to carve out her own lane in an over-crowded R&B scene. Now we'll see if will have the staying power to realize her full potential...more info
- A Faux Follow-Up to 'The Miseducation of Lauryn Hill'
I will say that this album at best fills a void left empty for a minute in terms of contemporary R&B this year, possibly a bit longer. It's definitely one that you can purchase without regret and find at least 4 or 5 good tracks, if not the whole album itself. Personally I wasn't all that impressed with this album. It's okay, but my gripe is that I've heard it all before.
If you thought vocally and stylistically she jocked Lauryn Hill on the lead single 'Need U Bad' then prepare for more when you hear: 'My Foolish Heart,' 'Lions, Tigers & Bears,' 'Call Me Guilty,' 'Live a Lie,' 'Fear,' and 'In Love With Another Man.'
The only original and stand-out tracks are probably 'Bust Your Windows' and 'One Night Stand.'
'Switch' sounds like a Kelis or Janelle Monae track--and it works as the bonus track--but I see why it was left off as it really does not fit the overall feel of this album.
'After the Hurricane' resembles Kerry Hilson's 'Energy' too much with the beat and vocal arrangement.
'Dream Big' is so out of place that it should've been excluded from the album, and reconfirms how out of touch Missy Elliot's production has become.
There is no doubt that Jazmine is a talented singer and artist, but I long for her to find her niche, and as young as she is, this is a decent way to start on that journey. She definitely will be around for the long haul....more info
I love this CD. This has to be the best cd that I have purchased this year. I usually only purchase a cd when I like at least 75% of the songs. I like every song on this cd!!! She has the most amazing voice. This is one of those cd's that you will want to learn the words so that you can sing along. ...more info
- the dissapointing album...
The first single released by Jazmine Sullivan, "Need U Bad", quickly obtained my attention, but when I listened to her complete album, I found the lyrics, childish and ordinary. Not necessarily falling into the group of the "average" pop/r&b female singer, (Beyonce, Ashanti, Amerie, ect.) she still does fall into the group of the average "hip hop" female singer, such as Shareefa and the early Keyshia Cole. She is defiantly NOT a Lauryn Hill in the making, neither lyrically or physiologically. I do admit that she has a very nice, powerful voice though, but besides that, I found her album immature overall. ...more info
- Simply amazing
After Hearing Lions and Tigers and Bust your windows at my friends house i came home and downloadd those songs to realize i really liked them. so i bought the album and i dont regret. Amazing talent! Amazing voice! Crazy blend of music genres in her style. A must have for music lovers...more info
- GREAT R&B ALBUM!
This is the first CD in a long time I have purchased in a while and actually can listen to over and over again. After hearing Lions & Tigers and Bears on the radio I had to buy this album!! Her voice does remind me a bit of Lauryn Hill, but with her own delivery, style & vibrato. I could see her singing some old throwbacks from Ella F. days. Her delivery is smooth. My faves are: Best of Me, After the Hurricane & Dream Big. She's been nominated for 5 Grammys. No doubt she will walk away a Grammy winner!...more info
- I must be goin deaf.....
I'm sorry but most of these writers must work for the lable that put out this mis-mash of goop....you can't dance to it, you can't groove to it! The cartoonish quality of the production makes the Ruff Ruffman soundtrack a grammy winner....I'm sorry this just ain't hittin at all...more info
Awesome album...If u don't have it, please do yourself a favor and go get. All u have to do is press play and let it ride out to the end. Every song is good on this cd. Good work Jazmine! You did it with this debut album. Hopefully the 2nd will be just as great......more info
- Fearless is something worth your time...
Well I purchased this album to see what all the buzz about this chick was about...I must admit I was blown away like every song on the album is a potential single every last one of them. My favorite songs is lion, tigers, and bears and dream big. Those two right there crazy records. ...more info
- Great debut
I enjoyed this cd. When I first heard her she reminded me of Lauren Hill which I still love so I knew that I would at least give Jasmine a try. I thought it was a really good effort for her first time out and I totally look forward to what she will bring us in the future....more info
- Not what I expected..
Judging from some of the positive reviews I expected this album to be up there with Jennifer Hudson, but I was very disappointed with the choice of songs for her first album. Her album is kinda depressing in my opinion. I mean, she's talking about living a lie, being abused by her man, plotting to kill her man, begging her man back saying she'll do anything to get him back and then confessing to be not happy, but in love with a man who treats her bad. Ummm, no. This album is nowhere near good. She has a beautiful raspy and unique voice, but her songs (the words to them anyway) sound a mess.
The singles that are on the radio now: Bust Your Windows Out, Need You Bad and Lions, Tigers and Bears are the ONLY songs on the cd worth listening to. So whoever choose to have those songs as the first three singles congratualtions because you fooled people into thinking this was a great album.
I had a choice between this and buying Beyonce..maybe I should have got Beyonce because I feel like I wasted my money. I haven't put the cd back in after listening to it....more info
- A decent debut, but not without its flaws
There's no question that Jazmine Sullivan has a fantastic voice, very expressive, rich and soulful. She sounds like a cross between Lauryn Hill and Faith Evans, two singers whose work I love and respect, especially Ms. Hill's. You wouldn't expect vocals like this to come from someone so young, but they do. Her voice belies her years - but unfortunately the subject matter of her lyrics reveal it.
The CD itself is kind of hit and miss. The music is great, but neither that nor Jazmine's voice can disguise the fact that the lyrics leave a lot to be desired on several of the songs. Some of them are just plain mediocre and very adolescent in nature. For example, the production on "Bust Your Windows" is excellent and Jazmine's vocals are beautiful - love the '60s-type arrangement - but the lyrics are juvenile, akin to a child throwing a tantrum. Those who are comparing this to Lauryn's MISEDUCATION are way off, because Lauryn sings about mature subjects that are close to her heart and have true meaning - not about breaking some dude's car windows because she caught him cheating, exercising poor judgement after getting drunk, repaying violence with violence, or switching boyfriends with someone else. That's something I would expect to read in some teenager's diary, not on this CD.
I suspect that those whom are giving this CD 5 stars are teenage girls and young women under the age of 25 who think this behavior is cool. The situations homegirl addresses in her lyrics can have repercussions - like a beatdown, jail or worse. So no, sistas, it ain't cool. Jazmine co-wrote a lot of the material here, and I hear a lot of potential, so I hope her lyrics mature as time goes on. However, she does have some quality material on here, such as:
"Need U Bad" (Loved this song but could do without Missy yelling and using a fake West Indian accent in the background - she's annoying)
"My Foolish Heart"
"Lions, Tigers & Bears"
"One Night Stand"
"Fear" (This has a Alicia Keys feel to it)
"In Love With Another Man"
These are the best songs on the CD, and the only ones I ones I play. The others...well, I already mentioned what I thought was wrong with them, so no need to repeat myself.
I can only pray that Missy Elliott will not allow her to fall by the wayside. Ms. Elliott has a history of collaborating with female singers that happen to be the flavor of the moment and then dumping them when someone new comes on the scene. Because Jazmine has a similar voice to Lauryn's, this was the main reason why I purchased this. I know they are two different people, but I would have thought that there would be more material of substance than what was presented here. It's not the best CD I've ever heard, but it is far from the worst. As I said, her voice is absolutely incredible, but as far as her songwriting skills go, there is room for improvement.
Rating: 3 1/2 stars...more info
- Perfect Debut
This is the first ENTIRE album that I've downloaded in a long time! Jazmine is incredible and I can listen to her soulful voice all day long. She is like the resurrection of Lauryn Hill. And the Miseducation of Lauryn Hill is probably the last ENTIRE album I've loved. ...more info
- What A Debut--Jazmine Holds It Down
I have a sister named Jasmine, so it is fitting that finally an artist with that name besides Disney's Aladdin's Jasmine and 90s TV sitcom star, Jasmine Guy. On her debut, Jazmine Sullivan brings a different element to the R&B game than most of her contemporaries have in the past 10 years. It is hard to place my finger on it, but she is a fresh face to R&B.
Bust your Windows--Produced by Salaam Remi, Jazmine's 2nd single (a top 5 R&B single, top 40 Hot 100 single), this song would seem ghetto. In the wrong hands of another artist, it would have come off tacky and tasteless, but the production and Jazmine's vocal interpretation make it more fun and more approachable than most would have. A
Need U Bad--Produced by Missy Elliott and Lamb, Jazmine's 1st snigle (a #1 R&B hit, another top 40 Hot 100 hit), this single put Jazmine onto the map. With its Reggae vibe, emotive vocals and a touch of Missy's production magic, it was a summer gem. A-
My Foolish Heart--Produced by Ivan "Orthodox" Barias and Carvin "Ransum" Higgins, this midtempo sounds so much like an Alicia Keys' track that it is sick. Jazmine still is able to define it as her own. A mid-tempo, a catchy B-section and hook and a mad riff throughout, this song shows that this CD will not be filled with too much filler. B+
Lions, Tigers & Bears--Produced by Salaam Remi, the same cat that produced Bust your Windows, helps to take Jazmine down fairy tale-like lane. Although the song references a kids' phrase and the beat has that "Little Red Riding Hood traveling through the woods alone" production to it, once again, Jazmine is able to make the song work with her vocals and interpretive abilities. If she can sang about busting windows and make it sound right, she can sang about not being scared of lions, tigers and bears. 3rd single A+
Call Me Guilty--Produced by Salaam Remi, Salaam does not strike thrice with this one. I cannot take this song. It is too dark. It is too gloomy. It just does not work. Someone like Mary J. Blige can ably pull it off, but hearing Jazmine sing this, does not work for me. C-
One Night Stand--Produced by Fisticuffs, Jazmine meets Amy Winehouse's sound. This song pays homage to 60s girl groups meets 21st century R&B. It is a fun song that does not turn into filler. I like the bridge or the vamp a lot. The content of the song can go, though. B
After the Hurricane--Produced by Stargate, this team works their magic on this song, which should be Jazmine's next single. This may not be some people's favorite, but it sounds like that Bryan Michael Cox sound. It works. A
Dream Big--Produced by Missy Elliott and Lamb, this song is a contender for her next single in gossip circles. It is a mid-tempo that is encouraging, fun and is a nice reprieve after After the Hurricane. A
Live A Lie--Produced by Salaam Remi, Salaam rebounds here. This mid-tempo song with a nice riff/arrangement and a catchy hook sounds good. A
Fear--Produced by Dirty Harry, this song has a production that sounds like many R&B cuts we've heard, but Jazmine brings a different affect with the dichotomy/parallelism in the lyrics. It is song that sounds good while giving the listener a little to think about. A
In Love With Another Man--Produced by Anthony Bell, this is Jazmine's encore song already. Every "good" singer has one. I would predict that this is Jazmine's Hero, I Will Always Love you, My Heart Will Go On, Over the Rainbow, Burn. The slow-build of the song, the vocals and the bridge all work to make this a masterpiece that has been missing in the game for the longest. A+
Switch!--Produced by Jack Splash, another Jazmine meets Winehouse. This does not sound as good. It does not have that playful, fun edge that One Night Stand has. It is more annoying than anything; although it is creative. B-
Overall, Jazmine brings a needed edge. The songs may not be the deepest, but one can see Jazmine's potential. She can have fun (Dream Big, One Night Stand). She can get ghetto and "ignant" (Bust your Windows, Call Me Guilty). She can ably belt a ballad (Lions, Tigers & Bears, After the Hurricane, In Love With Another Man). All of this is done while writing much of her own material with an alto voice that is not trying to be the next struggling soprano singing out of one's range. It just all feels natural and not contrived akin to artists like Chrisette Michele, Jill Scott....more info
- Love her voice!!!
Jazmine Sullivan has one of the most beautiful, soulful voices I've heard in a long time. When I first heard her single "Need U Bad", I was mesmerized by her voice. That track was so hot, especially with the reggae beat! When her CD came out, I made sure I went to the store first thing that morning to buy it because I wanted to hear the rest of the CD. I still think she is a great artist, but I wasn't feeling the entire CD. I like maybe about 5 songs on it. I think the CD should have had more SOUL in it. With a voice like hers, you want to hear it in soul shattering songs....more info
- This CD is awesome!
The shipper was great. The CD arrived within a timely manner. The CD was everything I expected....more info
- Loved it!!!
Was a little cautious at first....I'm careful about what I expose my mind to these days because the material is very urban and very edgy. However Jazmin's ability to explore the lyrical edginess combined with musical note ability comes off very entertaining and I look forward to what will become of her art. Jazmin not only has a 'hook', but a real talent!. ...more info
- Great artist
Her sound makes me think of a mix between Faith Evans and Lauryn Hill. Song #4 is awesome. When I heard a sample of it, I knew I'd love it as soon as I heard it. She also has an old school feel on a few songs like the Supremes. That makes it unique and it's always good to not be like everyone else's album. ...more info