Right Here (Departed)

Right Here (Departed)
Rodney “Darkchild” Jerkins, Evan “Kidd” Bogart, Victoria Horn, Rodney Jerkins,
Erika Nuri, David “DQ” Quiñones
Epic Records

Brandy. Where the hell has she been? America’s original B, Brandy is back after a quiet four years. But ‘back’ is such a strong word. Where did we leave off? Oh yeah, ‘What About Our Love?’ back in ’04 with the still new Kanye West. It was a good song, no doubt. But nothing from her grammatically inappropriate Afrodisiac made the Top 40, really. So, where does that leave Brandy?

It leaves her with a clean slate. A chance to make an R&B album that will showcase new talent; give her another leg up into the industry. The first single, to be released on the 25th of September, is called ‘Right Here (Departed)’, a layered harmony of R&B breeze that calls to mind the entirely too happy Jordan Sparks. The song brings a new dimension to Brandy; the kind of dimension that Leona Lewis is trying, unsuccessfully, to carve a niche into. Brandy’s voice sounds amazing, plain and simple, and while no one else likes Brandy, I do. I will call up the radio station and ask them to spin the record. It’s an especially optimistic piece of Pop and B and I for one am excited for it to light up Billboard. It seems to have taken the best of her prime and expertly moved it into the slick mesh of our current music scene.

And while Brandy’s lyrics still belie a noxious twist of fluff, When the clouds have all departed, / you’ll be right here with me ‘Right Here (Departed)’ does the best thing it can: fit in. It, hopefully, will sneak up on America. It’s so nice to have a song to push into the spotlight, instead of having it thrust upon us.

Her album Human drops on November 11, 2008.

You can here the song here.

~ by vinyabarion on August 16, 2008.

One Response to “Right Here (Departed)”

  1. Dude, this post just made my year. I grew up on Brandy and I love her to death. I really hope she’s able to get the recognition she deserves

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