The jazzy, bluesy singer Jazmine Sullivan debuts “Fearlessly” with her 2008 release under J Records, Fearless. The album’s preceded by the Missy Elliott-produced single “Need You Bad”, which exudes a nice soulful, reggae feel.
Fearless can cite a few inspirations from Lauryn Hill, Brandy, Jill Scott, Mary J. Blige, Fantasia, etc. – at least that’s who I heard listening to the album from personal experience since those are all some of my favorite artists. A lot of the tracks that can be heard on Fearless are very big sounding and jaunty as far as production and some lyrical content.
Sullivan’s rhythmic raspy voice and arrangements are like that pleasurable cream sweetner or voice added that semi-perfect coffee or song. Fearless is highly relatable, highly enjoyable, highly buyable in my honest opinion.
My standout tracks on this album would be Salaam Remi-produced “Bust Your Windows” (which is also slated to be the next single), “My Foolish Heart”, “Call Me Guilty”, “Live a Lie”, and the very Brandy influenced “After the Hurricane”; I don’t know why but in some parts in this song I can picture Young Jeezy in the background saying his trademarked “Aye!” Also, single material in my opinion. Fearless in stores now, p-p-p-pick it uuuup!