Chain Letter

Chain Letter

by Brooke Valentine


Brooke Valentine and the people behind her could not have been any smarter when it came to seeking attention with the first single. In early 2005, production and grunts from Lil Jon, a guest verse from OutKast's Big Boi, and subject matter unlike anything else on the radio -- in this case, female fisticuffs, a very crunk-friendly topic -- was priceless. It was a bold move, too; not many female artists are willing to show their tough side right off the bat, if ever. As effective and unique as "Girlfight" is, it proves to only be a gateway to an album with a good number of chart-bound singles, none of which are quite as rowdy. Producers Jermaine Dupri, Bink!, Heatmakerz, Soul Diggas, and mentor/collaborator Deja (remember H-Town?) are due some of the credit, but Valentine comes off like a veteran full of fire and confidence, knowing all the hits of the past several years and how to leave a memorable impression while remaining contemporary. She does have quite a few disparate moods running throughout the album, which can be jarring on a couple occasions. "Cover Girl," a somber song led by acoustic guitar and churchy organ swells, is one of the album's few stumbling blocks. One look at any of the photos boldly displayed in the sleeve should tell you that it -- an "if I were only pretty" moment in which Valentine wonders what she has to do to attract a man -- has no business here. "I Want You Dead" makes up for it though, a demented revenge fantasy in which she does funny and gruesome things to a wrongdoing ex-lover. A debut that fulfills and promises at the same time, Chain Letter contains 40 faultless minutes of club tracks and a few minutes of seductive balladry. That's not bad for someone who put it all to bed before hitting the age of 20. [A clean version of the album was also made available.]

Product Details

Release Date: 03/15/2005
Label: Virgin Records Us
UPC: 0724386684226
catalogNumber: 66842

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Brooke Valentine   Primary Artist,Vocals,Background Vocals
LaMarquis Jefferson   Bass
Adam Rogers   Guitar
Erik Nordquiest   Guitar
Randy Washington   Guitar
Craig Love   Guitar
Lil Jon   Vocals
Chris Traynor   Guitar
Big Boi   Vocals
Henrik Jonback   Guitar
Dirt McGirt   Vocals
Sharief Hobley   Guitar
Corte Ellis   Background Vocals
Guyora Kats   Organ
Deja (The Great)   Guitar,Vocals
J.R.K.   Vocals,Background Vocals
Queenz Deliz   Vocals,Rap
Hype   Vocals
Erik Nordgren   Guitar

Technical Credits

Déjà   Audio Production
Jermaine Dupri   Producer,Audio Production,Vocal Producer
LROC   Producer
J.C. Phillips   Composer
Solomon   Audio Production
G.C. Green   Composer
Josh Deutsch   Executive Producer
Erik Nordquiest   Engineer
Randy Washington   Programming
Matt Still   Engineer
Matt Serletic   Executive Producer
Christopher "Tricky" Stewart   Composer
Rob Vaughan Merrick   Engineer
Lil Jon   Programming,Producer
S. Thomas   Composer
Sheila Taylor   Programming
Blair Wells   Engineer
Antwan Patton   Composer
R. Harrell   Composer
John Horesco   Engineer
Bloodshy   Programming,Producer
Soul Diggas   Programming,Producer
Bink   Programming,Producer,Audio Production
David Jimenez Lopez   Sound Effects,Engineer
G. Randall Wright   Composer
Heatmakerz   Producer
Penelope Magnet   Composer
Bloodshy & Avant   Audio Production
F.L. Howard   Composer
Brooke Valentine   Composer
Deja (The Great)   Composer,Programming,Producer,Engineer,Executive Producer,Vocal Arrangements,Vocal Producer
Brandon Howard   Programming,Producer
B. Howard   Programming,Audio Production
Soul Diggaz   Programming,Audio Production
Avant   Programming,Producer,Engineer

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