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The 1998 R&B Albums Rate - #9: Another #1 single departs

Discussion in 'Charts, rates etc' started by londonrain, Mar 11, 2018.


Which of these artists' followups do you like the most?

  1. Brandy - Full Moon

  2. Monica - After The Storm

  3. Lauryn Hill - MTV Unplugged No. 2.0

  4. Whitney Houston - Just Whitney...

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  1. I didn’t know that! That explains a lot.

    Monica has just never been popular in the UK, as far as I can tell. Her first album produced a few top 40 singles but didn’t chart, whereas it was much bigger in the US.
  2. What's also interesting is that none of the 4 artists promoted much in Europe - I think the favourite GIF of @londonrain was the first time I knew that Monica had performed on TOTP...

    I don't remember ever seeing Lauryn or Brandy on UK television during these campaigns (though I guess they didn't need to, Radio One was doing all the work for them!)

    Whitney had a few high-profile gigs (stealing the show at the BRITs being the highlight) but was of course never interviewed for obvious reasons (with hindsight)...

    It must have been weird for Monica - in the USA they were pretty evenly matched (together with Aaliyah) as teen-stars, yet over here most people probably knew her as "the other one on The Boy Is Mine"...
  3. To add, I was initially terrified by this rate (it is essential that I always give one song a 1 to make the scale fair and this seemed impossible)

    Then I noticed some of those terrible ballads on Brandy and Whitney's albums that I had completely erased from my memory (and my versions of those albums).

    God bless the digital age.
  4. One final thing before I go...

    Pop Confession Time

    Upon first purchasing The Boy Is Mine, I never knew that Misty Blue was a cover (the original was massive in the UK too, embarrassingly!!!) and as a result I prefer Monica's version to that and also to Mary J's version.

    Thought I'd get that out there before everyone tanks it with their scores...
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  5. That gif isn't from Monica's TOTP performance:

    it's from some random MTV performance (which I've never actually seen so if someone could link it that would be great). Based on her hairstyle in the performance I suspect it's probably from 2001 or slightly later, when she was promoting Just Another Girl. She has the same hairstyle here:

    There's a live video of Monica and Mary performing it together!

    I didn't realise it was a cover when I bought the album either. (Mind you, I also didn't know that Whitney's I Was Made To Love Him was a Stevie Wonder cover when I first bought My Love Is Your Love.)
  6. Also, I'm shook at there finally being a voter who voted for an album that wasn't Brandy's Full Moon in the thread poll.

    We now have 21 votes for Full Moon and 1 vote for Just Whitney...

  7. I mean, I’m not surprised that Full Moon is winning the albums poll by almost 100% (rightfully so), but I am kinda sad that no love is being show to After the Storm whatsoever.

    In the case of the other two, Lauryn never had a proper follow up, and My Love is Your Love was Whitney’s last great album.
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  8. True on all counts.

    After The Storm is clearly the second best album of the four. It’s a solid album but Full Moon is just so good.
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  10. Oh wait, I didn't actually read the question properly, I thought it was about these albums, not the follow-ups. I'll go with Brandy as well after all...
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  11. Hahaha. I did wonder who had chosen Just Whitney, of all things, over Full Moon...
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  12. Ray


    The Brandy album is sooooOOOOOoOooOoo good. If not for the last tracks it would probably end up with 9+ average from me.
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  13. It's definitely one of her best. It was in the running for my personal all-time top ten albums list I compiled when @DJHazey ran his AlbumJustice rate. I'm surprised that nobody picked it (or, for that matter, My Love Is Your Love).
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  14. @londonrain plying high scores from me by PMing me links to every song that has a dance/club remix:

  15. Still salty no one else picked Full Moon!
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  16. Also shook @ the "Inside" video no longer being blocked in the US!

    ...only to find out it's actually a rather boring video.
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  17. Has anyone ever made it through MTV Unplugged 2.0 in its entirety? In a single sitting?
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  18. In terms of the follow up albums, it's:

    Full Moon
    After the Storm
    Just Whitney
  19. This is the correct order. I approve.
  20. It’s a Diane Warren ballad. You were expecting The Boy Is Mine levels of sass?
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