Tamar Braxton | Winter Loverland (Epic)

tamar winterThis song is so sexy that I think it may be sexytime tonight for my husband.


“Sleigh Ride” | A decent update to a holiday classic. I liked the drum beats, but that was about all that stood out. Tamar’s vocals are nice and lovely, but not really memorable. Score: 6

“Santa Baby” | This is one of my favorite Christmas songs. I like when females put some sexy vocals on the track, but Tamar’s vocals are a bit too sexy. She tries to make the track her own, but all I did was get turned off. But I will give points for the vocal runs. Score: 5

“Santa Claus Is Coming to Town” | Another stab at a classic and another miss—of sorts. I liked the funky vibe of this track, but then the drum beats from the first track make an appearance, which made the track seem like filler. I do like the sexy vocals on this one, though. What can I say? I like what I like. Score: 5

“No Gift” | This is what I was waiting for: emotional realness. One of the better tracks on the album, this dreamy low key song lifted my heart and my spirits. Keep it real, girl. Keep it real. Score: 9

“Away in a Manger / Little Drummer Boy” | There is no denying that Tamar has a beautiful voice. Her vocals on the “Away in a Manger” part of the song slayed me. I love the tone of her voice. But the vocal stylings on the “Little Drummer Boy” part just bored me. And the last thing I want a song to do is bore me. Score: 6

“Merry Christmas Darling” | This song is so sexy that I think it may be sexytime tonight for my husband. Love the vocals, love the vibe, and I love that voice! Score: 9

“The Chipmunk Song (Christmas Don’t Be Late)” | I could have done without the intro speaking parts, but the duet Tamar pulls off with sister Trina is spectacular. Their voices give me life. Score: 9

“She Can Have You” | Tamar keeps it real on this stellar slow jam. Girl, I feel your pain, your anguish, and your hurt. She can have him; you can do bad all by yourself. It’s just the ending I didn’t care for; it just kind of ends awkwardly. Score: 9

“Silent Night” | Another standout track that highlights Tamar’s heavenly vocals. That said, I do feel she tried to do too much and should have not done so many vocal runs. Score: 8

“Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas” | Tamar ends the album on a high note—literally. Her version of this classic is stunning. I loved every moment of this track with special emphasis on the very last note: heaven. Score: 10

Average Track Score: 7.6  Would I recommend this to my friends? Of course—with a smile on my face and love in my heart. The album may have started off rocky, but she won me over as the album progressed. | Jim Ryan


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