Released: Mar 2014
Label: eOne Music
Braveheart suffered through two years of delays and shifts in creative direction; early singles with R. Kelly and Busta Rhymes were left off the final release. No matter her attempts at relevance -- an "Early in the Morning" duet with French Montana is a dead ringer for Ciara and Future -- her early '00s chart reign won't happen again. But Braveheart isn't irredeemable. A "Love Games" pairing with Jeremih burns with chemistry, despite its clumsy lyrics. And on "Scars," she speaks plainly over a winsome piano melody as she weaves a poetic metaphor for triumph over adversity.