Take Me Home Then

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Goodness. Where do I begin? I guess I can start with the ubiquitous disclaimer: I really like Trina Braxton. It’s true, I do, but that doesn’t change the fact that after watching this performance in full I have an even better understanding as to why her sisters – specifically Toni and Tamar – are so critical of what Trina’s doing musically. They are both right about Trina being so much better than the song she’s creating with The Gap Tooth Band.

The 11 of us who own The Braxtons album know that Trina has a nice voice. One that’s far better suited for R&B, frankly. It’s unfortunate that instead of recording music in a genre that offers a greater testament to her talent and liklier to breed her at least some nominal level of solo success, Trina would rather channel Tiffany. While watching this I was waiting for Trina to break into,”I think we’re alone now. It doesn’t seem to be anyone around.”

Oh, wait.

This would be more appropriate: “Sometimes I run. Sometimes I hide. Sometimes I’m scared of you, but all I really want is to hold you tight.” Are you about to get up and break it down in white pants? Settle down now. I’m not finished yet. Wait after.

A while back Trina said something to the effect that she is angling to be the “Black Britney.” I imagine she believes such a move will help better differentiate her from her sisters. Kind of akin to the way she’s from “Murrlyn” and talks like she went to middle school with Bret “The Hitman” Hart’s younger sister. Mission accomplished in that respect, but this sound is not going to win over the masses, ma’am.

It’s not a total train wreck. If I were at a party, had a few or seven drinks in my system and spotted a bunch of Braxton women giving tough two-steps I’d probably join in on the fun, too. What happens after I sober up? The questions cometh.

How much longer are we going to have to bear with Ke$ha envy? Why is she even that enviable? Yeah, success, but there less irritating artists to copy.

And just who is buying this song? It sounds like a track for people who have no idea what the following sentence means: “Zack Morris and Kelly Kapowski were spotted smooching and slow dancing at The Max.” You know, people the age of Trina’s kids. Not to say Trina still can’t go out and party at her age. Quite the opposite. But, I thought most people got over the 18+ spots at the age of 19 and six months is all. Or the sock hop, judging from that “Game Time” song she was singing towards the end.

I wish Boozing Braxton all the best with her musical endeavors, but I don’t see this kind of music taking her where she wants to go. So please reconsider, Ashanti Braxton. You really are better than this. Now if you’ll excuse me, I’m turning this off, and cuing up “Slow Flow,” “The Boss,” and “Where’s The Good in Goodbye?”

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