Archive for September, 2013

Tamar Braxton – Love and War Album Review
September 25, 2013

YEAH BABY!!! She did that, she did that. In listening to Tamar Braxton album Love and War in various settings which included but not limited to me singing my heart out in the shower, in the car, in an empty club during off hours and on my iphone.  The acoustics of the bass was different all in all.  I agree that Love and War was well worth the wait.  The amount of control, various octaves and the way Tamar Braxton moves her voice in spirals, up and down swings and right and left pans is simply amazing!  It took me listening in different settings to notice the ad-libs that filled in making the track complete without over-layering or stacking the vocals; usually it works for a fuller sound however Tamar voice is so powerful that is wasn’t necessary.

If I were asked what are my Top 5 songs on Love and War it would be as follows 1) Love and War 2) Thank You Lord 3) All the Way Home 4) Pieces 5) Stay and fight. Why you ask?  My choices reflect the vocal range, relevance to my life and the feel of the music.  Overall this album evokes emotions effortlessly and it is great that we took the journey of watching her dreams unfold and come true.

Song breakdown

1) The One – It has a familiar flow and summery feel to it as if you are suppose to be skipping in a meadow during twirls with your loved one.  See what I did there – imagery that is what the song brings.  As soon as the beat drops let’s face it you bopped your head before you even knew the words.  The song is cute and compliments the track.  It is the path of finding that special person to spend the rest of your life with.

2) Tip Toe – It was very upbeat and high tempo.  Within keeping relations on the hush hush (personally the best option) she expresses in light of keeping her private life private it won’t get to the rumor mill or chopping block for judgment on different gossip outlets.  The 2013 version of TLC “Creep” and Xscape “My little secret.”

3) Stay and fight – It was heart felt and the notion of not giving up on love.  While believing in reconciling what was built after a mishap.

4) Love and War – It is the strongest song on the album vocally and hands down the most familiar headliner song.  The good and bad of a relationship but making it through the trenches.

5) All the way Home – It is an easy listen and is arranged perfectly.  This is the song I play the most; it is just a smooth tune.

6) One on one fun – The eerie sound of the beat is intriguing as you listen in on what will follow.  The flow of Tamar’s voice meshes very well.

7) She did that – self explanatory or nah? lol This song was cutesy and Tamar is WINNING!

8) Hot Sugar – The eerie beat reminded me of the Harlem Shake track it is an automatic head nodder matched with catchy lyrics and dope dance track.  It is playful, fun and make you want to twerk in Miley Cyrus honor.

9) Pieces – It is a sultry and relatable song.  I love how Tamar sung this openly and forward to the slow tempo.  The way she made her voice spiral when she sung ‘oh’ and the pan left and right when she highlighted ‘pieces’ was simply amazing.  This is a song most people can relate to in wanting a person but not accepting them in spurts.  Sometimes you might be ready for commitment and they are not ready.  It doesn’t mean they can’t be on your level they just aren’t there yet.  It is a balance of wanting to settle down but not settling.

10) Where it hurts – This song is about sticking around and trying to help a loved one through a heart break; while showing them you are there to support them through this tough time and that you are different.

11) Prettiest girl – Is a smooth song with a nice sway to it. Did you notice that she has her own ‘do wop pop pop’ background singers. Boom! Who did it? She did haha.  The snaps stuck out and are very distinctive.  This is an anthem dedicated to couples who appreciate their significant other.  It is a reciporcation of recognizing through words of appreciation, understanding and expressing mutual feelings.

12) Sound of love – The tempo is similiar to Prettiest girl the lyrics reflected when she sung “you make me feel.”  The echo effect was used on this track and it set the mood.

13) White candle – This is easily an alternative crossover song the guitars stood out for a nice feel.  In wanting to continue as it stands the test of time and; working toward a healthy relationship without letting it go to waste after everything that was built.

14) Thank you Lord – It was about overcoming personal struggles, a reflection of her life testimony and growth.

Love and War will continue to be played in heavy rotation from start to finish it is an easy transition for easy listening.  She, me and her is laughing at all of the critics.  Tamar’s playful nature is portrayed in the hip and fun songs and her vocal range is highlighted with the ballads more.  Congrats on all of your success and looking to hear more classics from you.

The Goldbergs Screening
September 18, 2013

Jessies Girl NYC

Jessies Girl NYC

Sky ceiling

Sky ceiling

The Goldbergs Screening

The Goldbergs Screening

“I got 99 problems but Splashing Out aint one!” Ma I know you read my blog and all umm how can I put this…  Just know that is a quote from Jay-Z; I know better ok pumpkin. I will bow my head now and wait for my grammar lecture when I see you besos until then.
Back to my incredible experience at The Cutting Room (44 E 32nd) now that I apologized in advance publicly tuh lol. Ok ok if you have not seen a billboard advertisement for The Goldbergs you must live in a bubble.  Cheers the review is here of The Goldbergs first episode it was funny, quirky and I was amazed that it spiraled from a true story. Memories are worth a life time of reflection captured through a camera and retold through the writing of a script. We all have our gripes about our families but, the fact of the matter is we all have experiences we wouldn’t change for the world no matter how dysfunctional the exterior reflection maybe.
We can’t choose our family but we display characteristics to our liking from the lessons by learning to adapt, protecting and loving our loved ones. The Goldbergs reminded me of a modern day revamped Wonder Years with less narration. I loved that show and I will continue to watch The Goldbergs to watch the plot unfold. My grandma is free spirited like Pops as you will see I challenge you to tune in September 24th at 9 PM on ABC.

Tiffany and Jessies Girl NYC were amazing they had the crowd rocking and reliving hit after hit. I was the younging in the room but I still caught the beat and nodded my head in sync so ha take that, take that in Diddy voice.  Who loves bubbles? Survey says EVERYONE!!! The bubbles complimented the performance and made it interactive and for great pictures. The atmosphere was chilled everyone was in the 80s element. The drinks were freely flowing and the appetizers kept coming. I was surprisingly comfortable in a room of strangers. I felt as if some people read the last sentence in my previous blog (Hugs and humps) because I found myself in a room full of strangers who hugged me although no one humped me. *Deep sigh* Maybe next time I would’ve like it ;-).

All in all great night. Great show. Check it out and don’t forget to smile splashy readers and I’m gone. Waves frantically.

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