If her name is Brandy, you might think you know, but you might be wrong. She's not gracing your prime-time anymore as Moesha and she's not at your multiplex starring in a new summer blockbuster. After a three-year break from the glare of spotlights, a three-year period of growth, of self-evolution and re-examination, Brandy steps back onto the world stage in a major way, however, with a newfound sense of purpose and desire to buttress her audio attack on the masses. FULL MOON, her third Atlantic CD is a heartfelt and mature work, fortified with a spiritual centeredness that only makes her star shine brighter. Certified Platinum by the RIAA (4/02).
On her first CD in three years, the newly married and pregnant Brandy sounds confident and assured and lets us know that she has found her man (even if it takes a numbing 17 tracks). The stately ballad "He Is" shimmers with unabashed, but never treacly, adoration, as Brandy huskily sighs, "Prince Charming, my angel, my king, my friend." It's the sound of a woman in love, and that sentiment guides this satisfying CD's strongest cuts, from Mike City
's tangy title track to the snaky seduction of "Apart," which burnishes Brandy's vocals with a metallic glow. Most of the CD was produced by longtime collaborator Rodney Jerkins, but he overloads Brandy's plate with bombastic, predictable beats that do little to draw listeners in. Full Moon
truly glows when the intensity is muted and emotion is in the forefront. --Amy Linden