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One in a Million
Aaliyah
One in a Million
Genres: Dance & Electronic, Blues, Pop, Rap & Hip-Hop, R&B
 
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One In A Million was Aaliyah's second album that saw her sound develop with a new maturity, partly through her collaborations with producers like Timbaland. Includes the singles 'One In A Million', 'If Your Girl Only Knew'...  more »

      
   
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All Artists: Aaliyah
Title: One in a Million
Members Wishing: 0
Total Copies: 3
Label: Atlantic/Q Records
Original Release Date: 8/27/1996
Release Date: 8/27/1996
Genres: Dance & Electronic, Blues, Pop, Rap & Hip-Hop, R&B
Styles: Contemporary Blues, Dance Pop, Contemporary R&B, Soul
Number of Discs: 1
SwapaCD Credits: 1
UPC: 075679271525

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One In A Million was Aaliyah's second album that saw her sound develop with a new maturity, partly through her collaborations with producers like Timbaland. Includes the singles 'One In A Million', 'If Your Girl Only Knew', 'Got To Give It Up' and '4 Page Letter'. Long out-of-print in the US. Features the same 17 tracks that graced the original pressing. Snapper. 2006.

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A PRINCESS INDEED
MOEMORE | NEW YORK | 09/28/2009
(4 out of 5 stars)

"I AM SURE WE ALL MISS AALIYAH. IT WAS JUST A TOTAL LOSS FOR ALL OF US WHEN SHE PASSED. BUT SHE HAD THE CREATIVITY , HER OWN STYLE AND HER OWN SOUND. NO ONE CAN BE LIKE HER. THIS CD IS GREAT."
I HAVE EVERY ONE OF HER ALBUMS
HI | CA | 11/17/2009
(5 out of 5 stars)

"I HAVE EVERY ONE OF HER ALBUMS AND HER SINGLE TO HER Anastasia SONG I JUST WANTED TO SAY I REALLY MISS HER AND I LOVE HER EVERY TIME I POP IN ONE HER CD JUST LISTEN TO MUSIC LIKE TO GET MY SPIRIT LIFTED JUST END UP FELLING SAD AND JUST REMEBERING HER AND WHAT WOULD IT BE LIKE IF SHE WAS STIL HERE. SHE WAS SO BEAUTIFUL I THINK THE MUST BEATIFUL SHE LOOKED WAS IN HER LAST MUSIC VIDEO ROCK THE BOAT UNLIKE OTHER STARS THIS ECSPICALLY STARS WHO CANT SING THIS DAYS IN HOLLYWOOD SHE STARTED IN THE 90 S THAT TIME IN HOLLYWOOD IF YOU DONT HAVE TALENT YOU CAN'T GET A JOB. THIS DAYS PEEOPLE ARE GETTINNG NAKED TO BE FAMOUS I DONT RESPECT WOMEN WITH NO CLASS. IF SHE WAS STILL ALIVE TODAY RIHANNA,ASHANTI,BEYONCE AND CIARA AND HER GOODIES WOULD NOT BE POPULAR TODAY.THEY DO NOT HAVE NOTHING ON AALIYAH AND I AM TALKING LOOKS. ABOUT AFTER SHE DIED ALL THIS BAD VOCALIST NO CLASS GRILS STARTED SELLING.BY USING THERE BODIES BUT IF THEY REALLY COULD SING AS GOOD AS LEONA LEWIS YOUR VOICE WOULD SELL THE ALBUM THEN YOU WOULD NOT HAVE TO TAKE OF YOUR CLOTHES TO SELL IT! ONE IN A MILLION ON OF THE BEST R&B ABLUMS TO EVER COME OUT CHECK OUT THIS NEW JAZZ SINGER esperanza spalding YOU CAN ALSO FIND HER ON YOU TUBE."
Aaliyah makes it hot
rmcrae | Houston, Texas | 04/25/2010
(5 out of 5 stars)

"After pulling the plug on her illegal marriage and cutting all ties with R. Kelly, Aaliyah was ready for a change. She hooked up with relative unknowns, producer Timbaland and rapper/singer Missy Elliott to create the sonic blueprint of 90s R&B. Those two were the Jimmy Jam and Terry Lewis to her Janet, marrying their futuristic beats and bumpin' ad-libs to her angelic vocals. The spacey intro makes it clear that things have changed and Aaliyah certainly has the Beats 4 Da Streets.

I just recently figured out that Hot Like Fire is about sex. Well it's more like waiting for the right time to do it. Aaliyah asks her man to wait awhile before being intimate and promises him it'll be "hot like fire" when the time is right. I love how subtle the message is rather than beating the listener over the head. The title track is Aaliyah's signature song. The production is smooth, hypnotic, and understated while BabyGirl cooly reflects on a guy whose very being leaves her in awe. "Your love is a one in a million/It goes on and on and on/You give me a really good feeling/All day long." I love Missy's repeated "love it, babe"'s in the background too.

She teams up with Naughty By Nature's Treach on the jazzy chill out A Girl Like You. His rough, shouted rhymes seem annoying in the beginning, but turn out to be a good match to her girlish coo. I love their flirty back and forth exchange and Kool and The Gang's Summer Madness is a great sample choice. The darkly sassy If Your Girl Only Knew brushes off of a guy who already has a girl, but wants to kick it with Aaliyah on the side. "She's crazy to put up with you/But boy, I won't be no fool/What ya like/What ya see/It ain't easy to get with me!"

Choosey Lover is Aaliyah's second and last cover of an Isley Brother's song and she does a beautiful job with it. The first half is faithful to the original's electric guitar sparks, but flips into a 90s smoove groove on the second. It might run a bit long to some, but I love it. Got To Give It Up is a more hip hop heavy take on the Marvin Gaye song, but keeps it's soulful roots intact. Great guest rap from the legendary Slick Rick.

4 Page Letter finds Aaliyah admiring a crush from afar and being too shy to approach him, writing him a letter expressing her feelings instead. "I'm sending him a 4 page letter/And I enclosed with a kiss/And when I write him he better/Get it on time." Missy's background vocals add to the heartfelt sweetness of it.

Things get a little same-y on the next 3 tracks, but who cares if they all sound good? I'm not sure if Everything's Gonna Be Alright is about having a party or getting with a lover, but it's a fresh midtempo jam. The bubbling under the surface Giving You More and Jermaine Dupri produced urban bounce of I Gotcha Back are excellent. Not dated in the least bit either.

I don't have a clue who Tavarius Polk is or even if he's still recording, but his Jodeci inspired vocals go along perfectly with Aaliyah's feathery tone on the sensual slow jam Never Givin' Up. "Angels watchin' over you, over me." I have to listen to it at least twice, it's so addictive. Same with the downbeat Heartbroken. "Baby, baby, baby/I want to sastify you/Maybe I try too damn hard to show you I love you" she sings to a man she adores but always hurts her. "I'm tired of my heart being broken/I'm tired of These tears falling down my face/I'm tired of this love being taken for granted/Won't you go your way?" Her background "la la"'s are heavenly.

She wises up and shows him the door on the wah wah heavy Never Comin' Back, complete with a simulated live audience. It doesn't come across silly though. Ladies In the House is a topsy turvy sounding track about guys and girls meeting up at a club and hanging out. "I came to party and there's no doubt/Aaliyah's gonna show you how to turn this mutha out!" That she does and Missy's rap is fun. The Diane Warren penned The One I Gave My Heart To is the only pop flavored cut, but Aaliyah's strong performance keeps it from getting syrupy. Who knew the girl could blow when she wanted to? This was a big hit on radio if I'm not mistaken. The outro Came To Give Love is a big thank you to all the fans.

It's a crime this album as well as her self titled record are out of print here in America. Both show Aaliyah at her best and paved the way for younger artists like Beyonce, Ciara, and Rihanna to break out. One thing's for sure. There will never be another L-I-Y-A-H. She truly was one in a million."