Does anyone do heartbreak better than Toni Braxton? That’s a rhetorical question, of course, as we all know the answer is a resounding no. Ms. Braxton has been serving up good heartache since bursting on the scene in ’92 with her Boomerang hit “Love Shoulda Brought You Home.” It looks like she’ll be keeping the tradition alive with her seventh studio album Sex & Cigarettes, which is scheduled to drop sometime this year. She’s already given us a lovelorn ballad with lead single “Deadwood,” and now she follows up on that with her latest, “Long As I Live.”
“Long As I Live” follows in the vein of some of the tracks she cut with Kenneth “Babyface” Edmonds. Like “Seven Whole Days” and “Another Sad Love Song,” this one is more than a sad slow jam. There’s a bit of a two-step shuffle added to this lament that keeps things lively even though Toni is, in fact, singing another sad love song. While her beau has moved on, our girl hasn’t and is having to deal with love’s sour grapes. “Everybody’s talkin’ ’bout you and her together / How could you do that to me?” she sings. “And everybody’s talkin’ ’bout all the wonderful things you do with her / Like you used to with me.” Unable to accept that he’s in love with someone else, she makes a certain vow: “Long as I live/I’ll never get over.” The singer’s smoky contralto and the excellent production, led by keys and a swaying groove, will ensure that this one gets plenty of adult contemporary burn for sure.
We’re still waiting on the release date for Sex & Cigarettes, but with this kind of quality coming from the icon, it’s sure to be worth the wait. Check out Toni Braxton’s latest below.