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Fearless

Jazmine Sullivan

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Up to the moment when Fearless was released, it was not easy to gauge which path Jazmine Sullivan would take. Jive spent three years trying to figure it out and dropped her before any material officially surfaced. She co-wrote a number four club hit ("Say I") for Christina Milian, recorded with Kindred the Family Soul and Fantasia, contributed adult-oriented R&B tracks to a handful of low-key compilations, signed to J, and notched a number one R&B/hip-hop single with the yearning/swaggering "Need U Bad." Was she a pop songwriter, a young member of the "grown folks R&B" division, or a young Lauryn Hill? Charting all her moves, it seemed like she was trying out a number of styles to find some footing, but with Fearless, it is clear she is comfortable in each mode. Within the span of 45 minutes, Sullivan switches between a number of tacks, both stylistically and emotionally, each one flush with conviction, and not just for the sake of variety. Amidst the orchestral backdrop of "Bust Your Windows" and the rushing breakbeat of "Call Me Guilty," she's clear about not being one to cross without expecting payback, whether it results in property damage or self-defense bloodshed. "Dream Big," a swallow-you-whole four-four thumper, is an ambitious motivational anthem -- Missy Elliott nicks nearly all of its drive and dramatics from Daft Punk's "Veridis Quo" -- while "Fear" looks inward with a disarming level of sincerity (Salaam Remi connects the hook from Stevie Wonder's "I Was Made to Love Her" to Anne Dudley's piano outro from the Art of Noise's "Beatbox," the album's most clever production trick). Some tracks are throwbacks through and through, like the peppy "One Night Stand" (where she fronts a girl group) and the aching "In Love with Another Man" (a tear-the-house-down ballad). There's a lot of range on display here, and there is just as much depth.
© Andy Kellman /TiVo

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1
Bust Your Windows
00:04:26

Christian Plata, 2nd Engineer - DeAndre Way, Composer - DeAndre Way, Lyricist - Franklin Socorro, Recording Engineer - Jazmine Sullivan, Background Vocal - Jazmine Sullivan, Composer - Jazmine Sullivan, Lyricist - Jazmine Sullivan, Performer - Manny Marroquin, Mixing Engineer - Ron Feuer, Piano - Salaam Remi, Arranger - Salaam Remi, Composer - Salaam Remi, Keyboards - Salaam Remi, Lyricist - Salaam Remi, Percussion - Salaam Remi, Producer - Vincent Henry, Clarinet - Vincent Henry, Flute - Vincent Henry, Guitar

(P) 2008 RCA/JIVE Label Group, a unit of Sony Music Entertainment

2
Need U Bad
00:04:17

Cainon Lamb, Co-Producer - Cainon Lamb, Composer - Cainon Lamb, Lyricist - Christian Plata, 2nd Engineer - David Sinclair, Composer - David Sinclair, Lyricist - Jazmine Sullivan, Composer - Jazmine Sullivan, Lyricist - Jazmine Sullivan, Performer - Manny Marroquin, Mixing Engineer - Missy Elliott, Composer - Missy Elliott, Lyricist - Missy Elliott, Producer - Missy Elliott, Recording Engineer - Nicholas Taylor Stanton, Composer - Nicholas Taylor Stanton, Lyricist - Paul Falcone, Recording Engineer - Pepa, Vocal - Taurian Osbourne, Composer - Taurian Osbourne, Lyricist

(P) 2008 RCA/JIVE Label Group, a unit of Sony Music Entertainment

3
My Foolish Heart
00:03:37

Carvin Haggins, Composer - Carvin Haggins, Lyricist - Carvin Haggins, Producer - Carvin Haggins, Recording Engineer - Edward Brigati, Composer - Edward Brigati, Lyricist - Felix Cavaliere, Composer - Felix Cavaliere, Lyricist - Ivan Barias, Composer - Ivan Barias, Lyricist - Ivan Barias, Performer - Ivan Barias, Producer - Ivan Barias, Recording Engineer - Jazmine Sullivan, Background Vocal - Jazmine Sullivan, Composer - Jazmine Sullivan, Lyricist - Jazmine Sullivan, Performer - Johnnie Smith, Keyboards

(P) 2008 RCA/JIVE Label Group, a unit of Sony Music Entertainment

4
Lions, Tigers & Bears
00:04:11

Christian Plata, 2nd Engineer - Franklin Socorro, Recording Engineer - Jazmine Sullivan, Background Vocal - Jazmine Sullivan, Composer - Jazmine Sullivan, Lyricist - Jazmine Sullivan, Performer - Manny Marroquin, Mixing Engineer - Salaam Remi, Acoustic Bass - Salaam Remi, Arranger - Salaam Remi, Composer - Salaam Remi, Keyboards - Salaam Remi, Lyricist - Salaam Remi, Percussion - Salaam Remi, Producer

(P) 2008 RCA/JIVE Label Group, a unit of Sony Music Entertainment

5
Call Me Guilty
00:03:24

Christian Plata, 2nd Engineer - Franklin Socorro, Recording Engineer - Jazmine Sullivan, Composer - Jazmine Sullivan, Lyricist - Jazmine Sullivan, Performer - Manny Marroquin, Mixing Engineer - Salaam Remi, Acoustic Bass - Salaam Remi, Arranger - Salaam Remi, Composer - Salaam Remi, Drums - Salaam Remi, Lyricist - Salaam Remi, Piano - Salaam Remi, Producer - Vincent Henry, Alto Saxophone - Vincent Henry, Baritone Saxophone - Vincent Henry, Flute - Vincent Henry, Tenor Saxophone

(P) 2008 RCA/JIVE Label Group, a unit of Sony Music Entertainment

6
One Night Stand
00:03:30

Brian Warfield, Composer - Brian Warfield, Lyricist - Brite A. Ware, Coordinator - Christian Plata, 2nd Engineer - Fisticuffs, Performer - Fisticuffs, Producer - Fisticuffs, Recording Engineer - Iman Jordan, Composer - Iman Jordan, Lyricist - Iman Jordan, Piano - Jazmine Sullivan, Composer - Jazmine Sullivan, Lyricist - Jazmine Sullivan, Performer - Mac Robinson, Composer - Mac Robinson, Lyricist - Manny Marroquin, Mixing Engineer

(P) 2008 RCA/JIVE Label Group, a unit of Sony Music Entertainment

7
After The Hurricane
00:03:57

Christian Plata, 2nd Engineer - Jazmine Sullivan, Composer - Jazmine Sullivan, Lyricist - Jazmine Sullivan, Performer - Manny Marroquin, Mixing Engineer - Mikkel S. Eriksen, Composer - Mikkel S. Eriksen, Lyricist - Mikkel S. Eriksen, Performer - Mikkel S. Eriksen, Recording Engineer - Stargate, Producer - Tor Erik Hermansen, Composer - Tor Erik Hermansen, Lyricist - Tor Erik Hermansen, Performer

(P) 2008 RCA/JIVE Label Group, a unit of Sony Music Entertainment

8
Dream Big
00:03:35

Cainon Lamb, Co-Producer - Cainon Lamb, Composer - Cainon Lamb, Lyricist - Guy-Manuel de Homem-Christo, Composer - Guy-Manuel de Homem-Christo, Lyricist - Jazmine Sullivan, Composer - Jazmine Sullivan, Lyricist - Jazmine Sullivan, Performer - Missy Elliott, Composer - Missy Elliott, Lyricist - Missy Elliott, Producer - Missy Elliott, Recording Engineer - Paul Falcone, Recording Engineer - Scott Berger-Felder, 2nd Engineer - Taurian Osbourne, Composer - Taurian Osbourne, Lyricist - Thomas Bangalter, Composer - Thomas Bangalter, Lyricist

(P) 2008 RCA/JIVE Label Group, a unit of Sony Music Entertainment

9
Live A Lie
00:03:15

Franklin Socorro, Recording Engineer - Jazmine Sullivan, Background Vocal - Jazmine Sullivan, Composer - Jazmine Sullivan, Lyricist - Jazmine Sullivan, Performer - Salaam Remi, Arranger - Salaam Remi, Composer - Salaam Remi, Lyricist - Salaam Remi, Performer - Salaam Remi, Producer - Vincent Henry, Guitar

(P) 2008 RCA/JIVE Label Group, a unit of Sony Music Entertainment

10
Fear
00:03:53

Anne Dudley, Composer - Anne Dudley, Lyricist - Biz, Acoustic Bass - Biz, Bells - Biz, Keyboards - David Pierre, Keyboards - David Pierre, Piano - Gary Langan, Composer - Gary Langan, Lyricist - George Harry, Composer - George Harry, Lyricist - George Harry, Producer - George Harry, Programmer - Henry Cosby, Composer - Henry Cosby, Lyricist - Jazmine Sullivan, Composer - Jazmine Sullivan, Lyricist - Jazmine Sullivan, Performer - Johnathon J. Jeczalik, Composer - Johnathon J. Jeczalik, Lyricist - Johnnie Smith, Keyboards - Lulu Mae Hardaway, Composer - Lulu Mae Hardaway, Lyricist - Paul Morley, Composer - Paul Morley, Lyricist - Riz, Acoustic Bass - Riz, Bells - Riz, Keyboards - Salaam Remi, Composer - Salaam Remi, Lyricist - Salaam Remi, Strings - Stevie Wonder, Composer - Stevie Wonder, Lyricist - Sylvia Rose Moy, Composer - Sylvia Rose Moy, Lyricist - Trevor Horn, Composer - Trevor Horn, Lyricist

(P) 2008 RCA/JIVE Label Group, a unit of Sony Music Entertainment

11
In Love With Another Man
00:04:09

Anthony Bell, Composer - Anthony Bell, Lyricist - Anthony Bell, Performer - Anthony Bell, Producer - Anthony Bell, Recording Engineer - Harold Robinson, Acoustic Bass - Jazmine Sullivan, Co-Producer - Jazmine Sullivan, Composer - Jazmine Sullivan, Lyricist - Jazmine Sullivan, Performer

(P) 2008 RCA/JIVE Label Group, a unit of Sony Music Entertainment

12
Switch!
00:03:01

Ivy Hunter, Composer - Ivy Hunter, Lyricist - Jack Splash, Arranger - Jack Splash, Composer - Jack Splash, Engineer - Jack Splash, Lyricist - Jack Splash, Performer - Jack Splash, Producer - James Wisner, Engineer - Jazmine Sullivan, Composer - Jazmine Sullivan, Lyricist - Jazmine Sullivan, Performer - S. KAYE, Engineer - S. Rios, Engineer - The Love Life Orchestra, Performer - William Stevenson, Composer - William Stevenson, Lyricist

(P) 2008 RCA/JIVE Label Group, a unit of Sony Music Entertainment

Album Description

Up to the moment when Fearless was released, it was not easy to gauge which path Jazmine Sullivan would take. Jive spent three years trying to figure it out and dropped her before any material officially surfaced. She co-wrote a number four club hit ("Say I") for Christina Milian, recorded with Kindred the Family Soul and Fantasia, contributed adult-oriented R&B tracks to a handful of low-key compilations, signed to J, and notched a number one R&B/hip-hop single with the yearning/swaggering "Need U Bad." Was she a pop songwriter, a young member of the "grown folks R&B" division, or a young Lauryn Hill? Charting all her moves, it seemed like she was trying out a number of styles to find some footing, but with Fearless, it is clear she is comfortable in each mode. Within the span of 45 minutes, Sullivan switches between a number of tacks, both stylistically and emotionally, each one flush with conviction, and not just for the sake of variety. Amidst the orchestral backdrop of "Bust Your Windows" and the rushing breakbeat of "Call Me Guilty," she's clear about not being one to cross without expecting payback, whether it results in property damage or self-defense bloodshed. "Dream Big," a swallow-you-whole four-four thumper, is an ambitious motivational anthem -- Missy Elliott nicks nearly all of its drive and dramatics from Daft Punk's "Veridis Quo" -- while "Fear" looks inward with a disarming level of sincerity (Salaam Remi connects the hook from Stevie Wonder's "I Was Made to Love Her" to Anne Dudley's piano outro from the Art of Noise's "Beatbox," the album's most clever production trick). Some tracks are throwbacks through and through, like the peppy "One Night Stand" (where she fronts a girl group) and the aching "In Love with Another Man" (a tear-the-house-down ballad). There's a lot of range on display here, and there is just as much depth.
© Andy Kellman /TiVo

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