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Album Review

Not too many R&B artists experience a 13-year gap between debuting and releasing a second album, but here's Tamar Braxton, now known to a younger generation due to her presence on reality television series Braxton Family Values and talk show The Real. Dramatic, spacious ballad "Love and War," released in late 2012, kicked her music career backed into gear and put her in the Top 15 of Billboard's R&B chart. Second single "The One," the umpteenth track to sample Mtume's "Juicy Fruit," signaled that Braxton was up to compete with contemporary singers who emerged during the middle and late 2000s. Indeed, Love and War plays out like it's designed to contend with the likes of Ciara, Rihanna, Trey Songz, and maybe even Keyshia Cole, rather than those who came up around the same time as Braxton. Slower, more atmospheric productions like "Stay and Fight," "All the Way Home," and "Sound of Love" suit her the best and display her considerable skill — by now, given some of the artists who have come and gone since 2000, she should have at least four albums in her past. The lighthearted numbers — like the Keri Hilson castoff-level "Tip Toe," the mind-numbing "Hot Sugar," and the Mike Will knockoff strip-club track "She Did That" — are no match for the fully formed songs that seem rooted in Braxton's life experiences.

Customer Reviews

Revolution in female artists

Tamar DEFINITELY is about to start a new revolution in female artists...she doesn't just compete with females, she competes with artists like Drake, Kanye West, Jhene Aiko, Kendrick Lamar; people who are on top and making a statement with their lives. Alicia Keys is the perfect artist, but I think Tamar is about to set a bar higher than ever for female artists with this album. She has a variety of music instead of just one type of music all in one album...and I don't think this will be the only album she does this on. Album of the year hands down. Just wait, we'll all see..

It's about time...

I can finally get my life.... A great way to welcome the fall...I'm sure it's going to be a banger front to end.


It's been awhile since I can say that I have truly listened to a R&B albulm and have liked every track from start to finish. LOVE AND WAR is truly an amazing production that gives listeners both that loved ratchet sound to dance to and that True R&B vibe to chill to. This albulm is Tamar to the fullest...SHE DID THAT!!!!! CAN U SAY BET AWARDS AND GRAMMYS!!?!!!! THIS IS UR TIME TAMAR AND CONRATS ON EVERYTHING!!!!


Born: March 17, 1977 in Severn, MD

Genre: R&B/Soul

Years Active: '80s, '90s, '00s, '10s

Tamar Braxton's entry into the music industry came through her five-member sibling group, the Braxtons, which featured older sisters Traci, Trina, Towanda, and, most notably, Toni. The quartet released one single, the number 79 Billboard R&B single "Good Life," for Arista in 1990. The group was dropped, but Toni was subsequently signed by LaFace and featured her sisters as part of her backing group. Minus Toni and Traci, the Braxtons signed to Atlantic and released the moderately successful So Many...
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Love and War, Tamar Braxton
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  • $10.99
  • Genres: R&B/Soul, Music, Contemporary R&B
  • Released: Sep 03, 2013

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