Thursday, 19 October 2017 18:01 Bill B E-mailPrintPDF

altEarlier this year the lovely TAMAR BRAXTON treated us to the single 'My Man' – a thoroughly contemporary R&B tune that told of love, lust and cheating. She (Tamar) was the wronged partner and I think we said back then that Ms B delivers the song with such venom and passion that it would be a very foolish "other woman" to interfere.

We were told that the single heralded an album ... and lo and behold... the new long player is with us. Released on the lady's own Tamartian Land records, 'Bluebird Of Happiness' boasts a wonderful "arty" cover and is stuffed with plenty more contemporary R&B jams like 'My Man'... and yes, more tales of love, lust and cheating!

That aside, the dance brigade will probably go for the raunchy 'Pick Me Up' – a lovely tight foot tapper while those who like their modern R&B with a hip hop swagger will love 'Hol' Up' which features Yo Gotti.

The soul crew will find loads to like too. 'Empty Boxes' is a plaintive ballad while 'How I Feel' is a tad more dramatic but the real soul highlight is a tremendous, full production cover of dear old Curtis Mayfield's 'The Makings Of You'. Always a great tear jerking, romantic song, Tamar's delivery does it full justice. She possesses a unique voice and it's perfectly suited to the inherent poignancy in the Mayfield masterpiece.

TAMAR BRAXTON'S 'Bluebird Of Happiness' is out now


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