Brandy's sixth studio album. Released on October 12, 2012, it was her first release with Chameleon Entertainment and RCA Records after departing from Epic Records soon after releasing her previous album, Human (2008). The album's title is taken from Brandy's birthday; it is also the day on which her idol and friend, Whitney Houston, died eight months prior to Two Eleven's release.
Two Eleven is the first album from Brandy to include a diverse roster of collaborators including songwriting credits from Frank Ocean, Chris Brown and Sean Garrett. Production comes courtesy of the likes of Bangladesh and Rico Love, amongst others. The first single, "Put It Down", features Chris Brown and was released from May 2012. It peaked in the top-five of the US Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs chart, becoming Norwood's tenth top ten single on the chart and her first in a decade. "Wildest Dreams" was released as the second and final single in August 2012.
Two Eleven became Brandy's most critically acclaimed album to date. At Metacritic, which assigns a rated mean out of 100 from mainstream critics, the album received a score of 77, which indicates "generally favorable reviews".
Two Eleven debuted at number three on the US Billboard 200 with first week sales of 65,000 copies, becoming Brandy's fourth top ten and her first in eight years. It also debuted on top of on the Top R&B/Hip-Hop Albums chart, her second album to do so.
I thought Two Eleven was a good album. I like it much better than "Human".
"'Vision Of Love', when I first heard that song, I knew it, my mind was made up, I had to be a singer." - Beyonce "When I discovered Mariah Carey and 'Vision of Love,' that was a breath of fresh air. And I adored her from that moment on and idolized her." - Christina Aguilera "I think ['Vision Of Love'] was a vision of the future world of American Idol." - Rich Juzwiak, Slant
Post by Live Your Life on Apr 24, 2019 22:36:03 GMT -5
This and Human are easily her worst albums to date. Her projects are usually a lot more adventurous sonically and vocally than those albums presented. But I was happy to see her get her (most likely) last urban radio hit with "Put It Down." I do like "Do You Know What You Have?," and "Wish Your Love Away" is gorgeous. That's about all I ever revisit from it.