Tuesday, August 25, 2009

Ooh, it's the l-i-y-a-h

118. Aaliyah - "Back and Forth" (Blackground/Jive, 1994)

The Timbaland collabos are very rightly celebrated as the best of Aaliyah (/modern R&B), but how amazing and fully formed does she sound as a 14 year old on her debut single here? Very rarely in the last few decades of R&B have the singers on the musically progressive edge of things had this air of classiness about them. Aaliyah's vocal style, even at 14, brings a gravitas to this party jam that no other singer of her generation could match.

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