After dominating television airwaves with her Lifetime movie Faith Under Fire, R&B legend Toni Braxton returns yet again to dominate the R&B scene with some fire of her very own (see what I did there?).
“Long As I Live” – the genuinely good second single from her highly anticipated seventh studio album, Sex and Cigarettes, was delivered this morning as the follow-up to last year’s kick-off “Deadwood,” which managed to hit the top 10 on Adult R&B songs charts. She’s still got it!
The love-torn ballad finds the heartbroken songstress lamenting her ex: “Long as I live/ I’ll never get over / Heads killing me / I’ll never get over,” she assures us across the sensual chilled-out beats, atmospheric sound and delicate piano notes, bringing both the soulfulness of Sade and Jessie Ware to mind. Yes, yes, and yes!
For as much as we can say we enjoyed “Deadwood,” the tune admittedly didn’t feel like comeback material. This cut – a shoo-in for admiration from the Urban AC crowd – feels a bit more alluring, modern and unquestionably Toni Braxton. If this is more along the lines of what the upcoming album has to offer, I’m certainly intrigued.