Never Say Never

Never Say Never

by Brandy



Shortly after the release of her eponymous debut in 1995, Brandy became a star. Not only did the album sell well, but she starred on UPN's Moesha and Disney's made-for-TV Cinderella, all before she released her second album, Never Say Never, in 1998. Needless to say, there was much more riding on the second record than the debut and, fortunately, she follows through with Never Say Never, delivering an album that rivals her first. Brandy wisely decides to find a middle ground between Mariah Carey and Mary J. Blige -- it's adult contemporary with a slight streetwise edge. As with most adult contemporary albums, the record is bogged down by some filler, but Brandy's delivery has improved and her subdued vocals can make mediocre material sound convincing. Still, what makes Never Say Never a winning record is the quality songs and production. The smooth Monica duet "The Boy Is Mine" and the tripped-out "Top of the World" (which features a rap from Mase) are two examples of what Brandy can achieve when everything's in the right place, and they help make Never Say Never a more adventurous record than her debut.

Product Details

Release Date: 06/09/1998
Label: Atlantic
UPC: 0075678303920
catalogNumber: 83039

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Brandy   Primary Artist,Vocals,Background Vocals
David Foster   Keyboards
Michael Thompson   Guitar
Anas Allaf   Guitar
Chuckii Booker   Drums
Alex Brown   Background Vocals
Bridgette Bryant   Background Vocals
Carmen Carter   Background Vocals
Nathan East   Bass
Dorian Holley   Background Vocals
Richard Jackson   Background Vocals
Bobette Jamison-Harrison   Background Vocals
Vatrina King   Background Vocals
Harvey Mason   Percussion,Keyboards
James McCrary   Background Vocals
Monica   Background Vocals,Track Performer
Kristle Murden   Background Vocals
Kayla Parker   Background Vocals
Dean Parks   Acoustic Guitar
Shelly Peiken   Background Vocals
Alfie Silas   Background Vocals
Meri Thomas   Background Vocals
Carmen Twillie   Background Vocals
Mervyn Warren   Background Vocals
Maxine Willard Waters   Background Vocals
Oren Waters   Background Vocals
Yvonne Williams   Background Vocals
Monalisa Young   Background Vocals
BeBe Winans   Background Vocals
Rick Williams   Guitar
Donyle Jones   Background Vocals
Mase   Track Performer
Isaac Phillips   Guitar
LaTonya Holman   Background Vocals
Darkchild Orchestra   Strings
Joe ?   Background Vocals
Rick Nelson   Background Vocals
Willie Norwood   Background Vocals
Nikisha Grier   Background Vocals

Technical Credits

Dallas Austin   Producer
Chuckii Booker   Programming
Leslie Brathwaite   Engineer
Ken Deranteriasian   Engineer
Felipe Elgueta   Programming,Engineer
Simon Franglen   Programming
Ben Garrison   Engineer
Brad Gilderman   Engineer
Larry Gold   Arranger
Jean-Marie Horvat   Engineer
Mario Lucy   Engineer
Schmitt   Engineer
Brandy   Composer,Executive Producer
Chris Tergesen   Engineer
Rodney Jerkins   Arranger,Composer,Producer,Executive Producer
Moana Suchard   Engineer
Brandy Norwood   Composer
William Ross   String Arrangements
Victor McCoy   Engineer
Thomas Bricker   Art Direction
Craig Kallman   Executive Producer
Japhe Tejeda   Composer
Fred Jenkins   Composer,Producer,Engineer
LaShawn Daniels   Arranger,Composer,Producer
Rick Sigel   Engineer
Paris Davis   Executive Producer
Fred "Uncle Freddie" Jerkins   Composer

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4.7 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 10 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I love Brandy. Her CD is tight. Not very many people can top their debut CD but she was very successful in her efforts to do so. Why are so many people so down on Brandy?. I think it's because people are jealous of her success.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I am an avid music lover but I always thought Brandy was too young for my ears. Fortunately, I gravited towards her naturally melodic voice. Her producers and creative team did a great job with the variety. You will love how her voice comes across through your speakers. She gives true meaning to the words 'real artists'. My four year old will not stop playing her CD...
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
i heard dis album by her this her best yet woooooooooooooooooooooow yeah go and buy this album by brandy i love it
Guest More than 1 year ago
The cd is great. All the songs from the beginning to the end are great songs and were perfectly recorded. Plus Brandy's voice is so beautiful, it makes you want to listen to the cd over and over again. I would recommend this cd for everyone because it's great.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This is my favorite Brandy CD of all time because of the messages sent on every song. Plus, "The Boy Is Mine" won her a Grammy and major success in 1998 and now.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I think they are sweet
Guest More than 1 year ago
this cd has the best of Brandy
Guest More than 1 year ago
When Brandy came out with this CD I was thinking ''WOW WAS SHE READING MY MIND OR WHAT''.This CD was about her relationships and she hit it right on the nose.You can tell that she was really feeling her songs as she was singing.Brandy is a wonderful artist. I will always support her and buy her music.Brandy you are INCREDIBLE!!!!!
Guest More than 1 year ago
This CD is great and it is a excellent set of songs!!! Brandy did it again with this album!!!!! IT is the best of 1998!!!!!!!! THe Music is tight and her voice is lovely!!!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago