ALBUM : BRAVEHEART
ARTIST : ASHANTI
GENRE : R AND B / POP
DATE RELEASED : 2014
The album started like a movie soundtrack as you can hear the sound of horses strutting, a marching drum, and sounds of foot marching soldiers. According to an interview, Ashanti was inspired with the movie “Braveheart” when she made this album. Perhaps it is her way of telling people the inequality between her record label before this album and her as a talent of a major record label. The first song “Braveheart” set the tone and context of this album.
Watch lyric video of “No Where” here https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=akZN8pQUmIY
It is a confessional album as she talked about experiences like being abused, betrayal, empowerment, finding true self, and other personal experiences. I personally believe that this album is comparable with that of Janet Jackson’s RHYTHM NATION in terms of vibe, sound, and intent. In Ashanti’s case, she preferred to load the album more of R and B sound instead of pop which is totally different from Janet’s which is more of pop fare instead of R and B.
Watch lyric video of “Love Games’ here https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TPlqkLgpoeY.
Surprisingly, in terms of music and sound, the whole album is quite cohesive. The tracks are well arranged in terms of play placements and listeners won’t have a rollercoaster feeling when listening to the whole album. Lyrically, you cannot say the same, as some songs have cliché lyrics.
Watch lyric video of “She Can’t” here https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rNe-C6OhnbA
For a 2014 album, after two years, many of the songs in here were as good as the new ones released by Rihanna, Britney, Beyonce, Selena and et.al… With that, I rate this album 3.5 stars for being a very cohesive confessional album.
1 stars = Ignore it
2 stars = risk it
3 stars = borrow or buy it
4 stars = buy it and keep it
5 stars = buy, keep, and treasure it