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Released: 16th June 1998.

Aaliyah - Are You That Somebody?One of the most enduring songs from R&B princess Aaliyah, "Are You That Somebody?" perfectly captures the effortless sensuality the songstress channelled through her music. There's a playful, yet slightly cautious, edge to the lyrics. In the chorus, she manages to unveil a certain degree of vulnerability, whilst still displaying a cool bravado ("Boy, I gotta watch my back, 'cause I'm not just anybody") and presenting her heart as a challenge to capture.

Timbaland's work on the production is ace. The insertion of a random baby cooing is a weird sample that just works remarkably well here, in tandem with the snappy beat and loops.

This gem of '90s R&B is ageless. Even 18 years later, it still sounds fresh and serves as a haunting reminder of what could have been from an enormous talent stolen away from us far too soon.

* * * * * (JSparksFan)

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