First Impressions: Two For Toni

Wednesday, September 16, 2009

Toni Braxton is back...no really, she is this time, it's not a false alarm or a slow growing rumor. New album and everything. We must dust the cobwebs off our memory that leaks have been popping up left and right since early this year (remember "Melt" and "Not Another Chance"?), possibly in an attempt to generate anticipation for the sultry soul alto's return to the music charts after 2005's failed but underrated Libra effort. Now this past week, two new tracks have leaked from Toni's camp, and one has been confirmed to be the official first single off of the upcoming Pulse project. Sad to say, both of them aren't club/dance your pants off bangers, or even smooth criminal like mid-tempos (think "You're Makin' Me High"), we're getting stuck with two new ballads.... First up is the guitar and piano driven, "I Hate Love" which almost sounds quite Kelly Clarkson-ish, not bad, but we know what Toni is capable of and this is quite small potatoes for her. Speaking of Kelly Clarkson, we get the same taste of what the pop-rock spunk's been concocting with One Republic's Ryan Tedder on the next Toni track up for inspection. Tedder must love peddling the same bombastic percussive beat on all of his ballads because here is that sound yet again but this time in the shape of first single, "Yesterday". While its a good comeback for Toni to get some chart action with, listeners can smartly tell that this is plainly the second cousin to Beyonce's "Halo", Leona Lewis' "Bleeding Love" and Kelly Clarkson's "Already Gone", thus making it mediocre and played out like a wilted basketball. Not to say that both songs are total drags, its just that compared to Toni's prior output and the fact that she's one of the last of the 90's divas to have her voice intact, you'd think she'd at least go beyond what everyone else is doing and release something with a bit of pizazz. Pulse is to drop (or rise?) in stores in February of 2010.

I Hate Love

Yesterday

1 comment:

  1. I know exactly what you mean about Ryan Tedder, most of the songs he's produced have always sounded strikingly similar in style. Even though you know it's going to be a great song, you just wish he'd try a different approach to things.

    I'm pleased that Toni is back with an upcoming project though, it's been a while.

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