[My Gang] Jazmine Sullivan - Need U Bad : Reco of the Week 23 Sep 08


23 sept. 2008, 22h52m

Artist: Jazmine Sullivan
Track: Need U Bad (full track)
Album: Fearless
Tags: , , r&b, , , ,


It's absolutely years since I heard some good lovers rock. This track, from upcoming US artist Jazmine Sullivan, is singular in its mix of return to roots and contemporary soul. 'Killer' is the word other people have used. Yes, that's Missy Elliott in the video. No, I didn't recognise her straight away either.

The hype machine is only just beginning behind this girl in the UK. In the States, the single went to number one in the Billboard R&B charts in the summer.


A quick album review whilst I'm here: Fearless has a few highlights - Need U Bad, the sublime Lions, Tigers & Bears, One Night Stand and In Love With Another Man. Dream Big is rather decent . The hype will have you believe you're listening to the new Aretha Franklin. Listen to that and you'll be disappointed. Approach the album as I did, with an open mind, and let it play a few times. Behind the big tracks are songs which promise greater things to come. The strength in Fearless lies in its exquisite music and lightness of touch from the people behind the scenes - Missy Elliott, Timbaland, Cool & Dre as well as a number of less well known producers. With a good balance of strong and quiet tracks, the album makes for an exceedingly good listen. Vocally, comparisons have been made with Lauryn Hill, Alicia Keys and Jill Scott amongst others. Fair comments but Jazmine Sullivan has something else in her voice far, far more powerful than any of these great ladies, in my opinion. Or maybe it's just me. She sang with Stevie Wonder when she was only 13, so I can't be far wrong.

Further reading:

MySpace - with a great remix of Need U Bad featuring Ti
Official Site
Interview - Giant Mag, September 09 2008[/ulr]
Music Blog - Who is Jazmine Sullivan?
Billboard Artist Biography

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Admin - Stats as of today:

Date Added to YouTube: July 08, 2008
Views: 328,108, Ratings: 910, Responses: 0, Comments: 883, Favorited: 3,516 times

Last.fm listeners of this track - 3,085 (full track)
No. of plays scrobbled in Last.fm - 11,744
Position in Last 7 Days: 1 / 870
Position in Last 6 Months: 1 / 478

Stats after 14 days:

Views: 503,465, Ratings: 1,198, Responses: 0, Comments: 1,157, Favorited: 4,761 times

Last.fm listeners of this track - 4,218 (full track)
No. of plays scrobbled in Last.fm - 16,005
Position in Last 7 Days: 1 / 1,004
Position in Last 6 Months: 1 / 977

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  • Babs_05

    heh, it is pretty cool, isn't it? I like the dramatic opener and then the lovely journey into soul. I'm enjoying the whole album. It's not demanding but it manages to keep me interested. Great work.

    3 oct. 2008, 23h40m
  • Orange_Anubis

    I bloody love Fearless, it's the most exciting debut album I've heard since I can't remember when. I love the depth and variety of it, the swings from high drama to lightness of touch, and that incredible voice. I don't think you're wrong to invoke those three great ladies in comparison - if Jazmine's this good now, then I'm trembling happily to think of what she might do in years to come.

    24 oct. 2008, 10h30m
  • Babs_05

    That's exactly how I felt about it! She's definitely one I will be watching. Thanks for the comment, Orange_Anubis. :)

    24 oct. 2008, 18h25m
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