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Two Eleven

Two ElevenThere's a good reason Brandy's most recent single — the frenetic ''Put It Down,'' featuring Chris Brown — only hit No. 76 on the Billboard...Two ElevenR&BThere's a good reason Brandy's most recent single — the frenetic ''Put It Down,'' featuring Chris Brown — only hit No. 76 on the Billboard...2012-10-19
ETHEREAL COLLECTION Despite her disappointing first single ''Put It Down,'' Brandy's latest album is touching and well-crafted

ETHEREAL COLLECTION Despite her disappointing first single ''Put It Down,'' Brandy's latest album is touching and well-crafted

B+

Two Eleven

Genre: R&B; Lead Performer: Brandy; Status: In Season; Music Label: RCA

There’s a good reason Brandy’s most recent single — the frenetic ”Put It Down,” featuring Chris Brown — only hit No. 76 on the Billboard Hot 100: It’s one of the weakest offerings from an otherwise well-crafted for-the-fans album. Ignore what’s pushed to pop radio. Brandy scores when her raspy-sweet voice soars during ballads and slow jams, and that’s what stands out on this intimate, often ethereal collection, Two Eleven, which sputters only when she fires up the vocoder. B+

Best Tracks:
No Such Thing as Too Late
Can You Hear Me Now

Originally posted October 19 2012 — 12:00 AM EDT

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