They should’ve named the album “A Toni, Towanda, and Trina Christmas.” They’re the only ones that actually participated, besides Michael Jr.
Anyway, this is about the music…and getting in the Christmas spirit; not dragging the sisters like wild horses.
You all know what this is about. The very popular Christmas song by Donny Hathaway, however Toni puts her own, unmatched vocal prowess and changing “a very special Christmas” to “a Braxton Family Christmas.” Toni sings the entire song from top to bottom and the other sisters really weren’t needed. The vocal layering at the very beginning of the song is an eargasm. (Ya’ll know I am a fool in love for vocal layering and harmonies. It sets the tone and you know what’s to come is a rare treat.
Not all artist have the ability to master that art and I can count on one hand the ones who have. ***sips).
“Every Day Is Christmas”
Again, Toni leads the way with this midtempo, warm Christmas ballad. The second verse is led by Traci, then Trina…and finally Towanda. Towanda is like a breath of fresh air. It’s a purity in her voice that I haven’t heard in years. Her vocals are mellow and cool, but prominent. Trina has an awesome range and the efforts she put’s behind her vocals are seamless. Traci has such an old-skool, R&B voice. It purrs over a track and it’s inviting. It makes me think of her criminally underrated “Crash & Burn” album. That was one of the BEST ALBUMS I heard in 2014. Ya’ll better wake up! What was I just talking about? Oh yeah….”EDIC” is an awesome song and I can definitely hear it in heavy rotation during the Christmas season.
Tamar, where are you? I’ll wait.
"Mary, Did You Know?”
WOW! THIS IS THE BEST VERSION OF THE SONG I HAVE EVER HEARD IN MY LIFE. Didn’t Janet say “No Sleeep”…? Each Braxton shined bright like a diamond. How did I veer off into Rih lyrics…? Anyway, Tamar and Trina voices mesh so well together. Tamar slayed this track. Dead. On the floor. Funeral to be announced. It’s very reminiscent of the theme for “The Young and the Restless”. Again, the harmonies are out of this world. Towanda just….-siiiiiighs- her voice…Girl, put out an album. I would be the first in line. The Braxtons are a musically gifted family and this song shows just how talented they are. Release this to radio, ASAP!
“O Holy Night - A’capella”
Towanda is FINALLY in the lead, followed by Trina. Towanda, music needs you! Stop playing. The doo-wop, shoop a’capella feel of the song adds the epicness (if that’s a word) of it. Trina, Towanda, and Toni work so damn well together. Each one of them put everything. I never heard “OHN” conveyed with such conviction and benevolence. Easily one of my favorites from the album.
Tamar and Traci, I didn’t hear ya’ll? You care to explain why you weren’t there?
This song starts out with a dance backbeat. You would think the beat would drop so you could twerk betwixt the reindeer and snowman, but it transforms into a midtempo, R&B track is very soothing. “Last Christmas, I gave you my heart, but the very next day you gave it away” Toni, Towanda, and Trina coos over the song. The track is very modern and fits Trina to a T.
Traci and Tamar, I missed you on this track. No answer? Oh, OhK.
“Blessed New Year”
I love when Toni sings. She has one of the most recognizable and most intriguing voices in the universe. This is why she will always be one of my favorite artists. She doesn’t even have to try. Even when she talks, it comes out like music. She’s just a musical Goddess.
“Under My Christmas Tree”
Finally, we get to hear Michael Jr. sing. He has a classical voice. It gives the carolers 1950’s jazz lounge, Harlem Renaissance, Nat King Cole-teas. He and Toni duet on this song together; it is like a cool breeze on a sunny and warm, fall day. Just magically. I’m speechless.
The talent of this family is unparalleled.
“This Christmas - BF Version”
The sisters come together to give their version of the popular song by Donny Hathaway. Yes, Toni did sing this song by herself at the beginning of the album. This has the potential to be a very popular single if it is released. Tamar’s upper register is killer. That whistle is serious.
Traci, I didn’t hear you. Did you….nevermind.
This is one of the BEST CHRISTMAS albums I have ever heard. Like I said before, The Braxtons are a musically gifted family when they work together and I must thank Momma E and Daddy Michael for honing their talents at an early age. Each and every one of them from Toni to Tamar, have awesome voices and I think it’s amazing. I would definitely love to hear more from Trina and Towanda. It may be awhile, but patience is a virtue….I ain’t gon’ wait too long though. I’m joking, but I’m not.