Brandy released a very GROUNDBREAKING effort in her 3rd album, ‘Full Moon’ on March 5th 2002! Can you believe it has been 20 years of FULL MOON!?
The album musically, drew inspiration from UK garage, electro, dance, glitch, and funktronica, while blending soul and R&B elements into adult contemporary ballads.
The album was initially met with mixed reviews from critics, but later earned recognition from musicians, singers, and producers, primarily for Brandy’s vocal work. It debuted at number two on the US Billboard 200 and atop the US Top R&B/Hip-Hop Albums, selling 156,000 copies in its first week, and has been certified platinum by the Recording Industry Association of America (RIAA), selling over one million copies in the United States. Full Moon was nominated for several awards, including the Grammy Award for Best Contemporary R&B Album. The album spawned three singles–”What About Us?”, “Full Moon” and “He Is”.
Full Moon was unlike anything we had heard before, during and after its launch. Uniquely flawless in every way possible, the album’s intro (“B Rocka Intro”) foreshadowed a warning of the timeless presence to behold. Interestingly, we weren’t exactly aware of how groundbreaking it would be at that precise moment.
The detailed approach to the harmonies and background vocals were nurtured with intentional care, an element alone that solely separated this album from its peer group.
Brandy’s effortless vocal ascension and descension throughout the varied notes within numerous keys has been a feat exhibited here that many have admitted to emulating and studied when honing their craft.
As there are several avant-garde facets to the album, a few fundamental factors are also spread across the 17 tracks.
Among the many perceptible numbers is the ballad “When You Touch Me,” which elevated the ‘90s vocal grandiosity that true R&B enthusiasts live for. The stentoriously impassioned bridge is a prime example of how important that specific musical passage is when creating a quintessential R&B song.
Brandy PROMISES us a FULL YEAR of ‘Full Moon’ with more BIG things to COME!