Tamar Braxton has been marking her territory in music, TV, and now dancing. The fierce and outspoken songtress and co-host to Fox daytime talk show, The Real, released her fourth studio album, Calling All Lovers. Tamar allows listeners to take a closer glimpse of her love life as she tells a story of her past relationships and what it’s like being with the outspoken diva.
The sixteen- track LP begins with “Angels & Demons,” a mixture of soul and reggae influence that describes what you can become under the influence of love. Braxton explains that there are romantics who genuinely want to love you — Angels, and other who just inflict pain — demons. This track also symbolizes that a persons hellish ways can contribute to the ups and downs in a relationships.
“Is it up? Is it down?Cause I’m standing in the middle. Is it love? Cause our love has angels and demons.”
Accompanied by a 90’s beat, Mrs. Braxton reassures fans and exes that she wont fall victim to catfish because she knows the real you. In “Catfish,” Tamar describes a time where she’s done all she can for her man and now he’s flexing on her with his new boo. With flexing made exceptionally easy through social media and the internet, Tamar reminds you she is not here for that so “baby don’t flex!”
“I made sure you had everything that you wanted
Now this new chick you on
She’ll do right, she’ll do right
You asked for gas, money, ’cause you never had your own
You on this new fish, like I ain’t put you on”
In a more soulful ballad, “Simple Things” the red bottom queen — who enjoys the finer things in life — plays off of Alicia Key’s “If I Ain’t Got You” to confess she still appreciates FaceTime calls, long conversations, and other “simple things” not just the glits and glamour.
“I love me a good man
Who love to take care of his good woman
But I don’t think you need to go on out here
And kill yourself over
No car, no house, no jewelry
Because at the end of the day baby
While you chasing all that
I’m really chasing you”
Tamar cries for a new direction in “Broken Record.” After dealing with heartache after heartache, she questions herself and the relationship she’s in — like most of us tend to do. In a smooth four-minute track Tamar unveils the same broken tune of her sorrows and disappointment that has replayed in heart for so long.
“I done seen this here before
Did not cry not one time more
But I’m standing here all be myself
Oh, I tried my best to make it work
I prayed so hard that this wouldn’t hurt
But I’m still standing all by myself
Oh, Do you like when I’m undone?
Are my emotions apart of your fun?”
“Never” is a farewell message to an ungrateful ex. Tamar chucked up her deuces after being taken for granted, unappreciated, and fed up with his lack of compassion and love.
“You treat me like I’m nothing
You take me for granted, you’re trippin’
walkin’ round here like I owe you somethin’
Always going out my damn way
Just to keep you happy”
“Circles” sounds like the part two of “Broken Records,” after promising change and praying for better, you’re faced with the same issues, arguments, and pain over and over again like a revolving door. It seems as though the singer is trapped in detrimental relationships that will never provide her with the true happiness she is in search of.
“You drug my heart through the ground
Left it all battered and bruised
Done fighting this battle with you
I can’t keep going in circles
Circles, going in circles
Round and round and round and round with you”
In the first single to be released from the LP, “If I Don’t Have You” unveils Tamar’s infatuation for a man who isn’t reciprocating the feelings. Braxton passionately sings about the impact this person has on her and if she were to lose him she won’t be able to find another like him and she’d go crazy trying to get him back. This track shows just how far Braxton is willing to go for the one she loves.
“You should know if I don’t have you
Rocks me to the core, I can’t love no more
If I don’t have you
Know I’m done for sure, nobody worth fighting for”
We’ve all been in a few different relationships, but there’s always that one person who opens up your eyes to see the true value of love. In a captivating melody — “Raise The Bar” — Braxton passionately talks about how fate intervened and led her to the man of her dreams after all she’s been through. With all this love she has received she knows she doesn’t deserve any less than this.
“I thought that I knew everything about it
But then came you and ain’t no doubt about it
Like I wished on a star
You, you, you, you raise the bar
And here I’ve been thinking I been through it all
But I can honestly say that you broke down every wall
You’re the best by far
You, you, you, you raise the bar”
In a playful yet emotionally revealing track, “I Love You” expresses what makes Tamar love this person and expresses how happy and content she is in this relationship with her number one.
“Baby when you touch me, I feel like…
I just wanna follow everything you do
Things you do inside of my mind
I’m a sucker for you every time
I just wanna be around you everyday
Listen to every single word you say”
Moving in a different direction, things get steamy with a bedroom-ready anthem, “Makin’ Love.” This song exposes Tamar sexual side and she doesn’t have any shame about it. She doesn’t hold back when it comes to expressing she likes and wants from her lover.
“Cause we be going all damn night
When we makin’ love
Round for round boy don’t give up, no
Baby I can’t get enough
When we makin’ love, when we be makin’ love
I want you in the worst way
I love a man who knows how to work me”
In a seductive yet fast-tempo melody, Tamar tells us why they “Love It.” Flaunting her exclusive good good, she gets very detailed about what she has to offer.
“I got that kind of candy that you never get tired of, tired of
Just like a waterfall run for cover
Baby I swear it will drown ya”
In an even faster, funky, and self-explanatory song, “Must Be Good To You,” unveils how Tamar’s goodies’ can hypnotize her lover causing an obsession.
“Ain’t you so surprised?
I done blew your mind
Make your eyes roll back
Like it’s ’95
Is it good, is it good to ya?”
Now that Tamar has set the record straight with all the reasons why she’s a keeper, she reverts the attention back to her lover in “Free Fallin.'” This ballad expresses the endless and unconditional love she feels from the special person in her life. She expresses gratitude and love through her strong vocals and powerful words.
“You’re such a blessing
I couldn’t picture me
Without your frames
Since you’ve arrived
It’s like everything’s different
You’re the piece
Of my life that’s been missing
And everyday gets better”
In a soft-piano ballad, “King,” Tamar expresses they’re in this together as King and Queen on their royal throne of love and happiness. She promises that she’ll support, love, and be loyal to him and because of all of those elements he would never have to fear.
“You’re a natural leader
Your words are alive you’re a dreamer babe
Your voice is like lightning and thunder
Theres no man that Id rather be under than you (So fear not)”
Yes, the title reads, “S.O.N”, but Tamar isn’t talking about children! Putting a sexy spin on makeup sex, she rather have sex over nonsense.
“so stop actin like you got the power
while im in the shower
boy stop frontin’ and let’s make this movie
starrin’ this booty
I want sex over nonsense”
The last track of the LP, “Coming Home” infuses R&B with a light trap beat Tamar might have taken influence from Tamia’s “There’s a Stranger In My Home,” as she wishes for the man she once knew to come back.
Tamar’s album is truly an album for the lovers whether you’re in a relationship, happily in love, experiencing heartbreak, or trying to overcome bumps , Calling All Lovers, lends listeners musical healing and encourages you to keep your eyes and ears open for more of Tamar Braxton.
Download the album here on iTunes.