Likes: Love & War, Hot Sugar, Pieces, White Candle
Dislikes: One on One Fun
Overall: Kind of bland; not packed with exciting tracks and a big vocal performance as expected
With the stirring single “Love & War” and the fun, bouncy “Hot Sugar” we heard on WeTV’s “Tamar & Vince,” many expected the long-time-coming sophomore album from Tamar Braxton to be audio deliciousness. However, it’s just an audio appetizer as opposed to a full course meal. There’s a coherent theme, balanced tempo and style changes (between softer R&B and uptempo tracks with hip-hop influence) and the lyrics are quite solid in places (ex. “Stay & Fight,” “Where it Hurts”), but musically, the album is kind of boring. I became easily detached and disinterested. Even the songs with sexual content failed to move me one way or the other, lacking any type of seductive quality. Vocally, Tamar surely delivers as any Braxton would, but the songs are constructed in such a middle-of-the road way, there aren’t many opportunities for her to soar. I was kind of disappointed.