Toni Braxton – Sex & Cigarettes (2018)

Even after listening to this rather short album a few times now, I can’t really tell what it was that drove Toni Braxton to record and release it. There’s little cohesion to the songs, as they flow from one another with little thought as to their sonic or thematic unity, and the majority of the tracks tread water on a variety of longtime Braxton topics, like mediocre men and the pain that can accompany relationships, without ever adding anything interesting either lyrically or from a production perspective. Mind you, a few tracks songs here and there are pretty good, like “Long As I Live” and “FOH,” but even with a few remixes thrown in at the end for good measure, the album never comes alive and ends up being little more than an inessential (if not disposable) entry in Braxton’s discography.

Rating: ★★ (out of 5)

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