* * Brandy, “Brandy,” Atlantic. A teen-age newcomer with surprisingly mature chops, Brandy imbues the hit single “I Wanna Be Down” with self-assured authority. Elsewhere on this debut effort, she’s saddled with drab, subpar songs that don’t do her justice. Forget maturity-- Brandy’s too young to be mired in this mellow a mode.
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