The Bluebird has arrived. Two years after her soulful release Calling All Lovers, Tamar Braxton is serving it up with her fifth LP Bluebird of Happiness.
The record executively produced by Braxton, Vincent Herbert and Rodney Jerkins is reportedly her last, but it’s a banging project to go out on.
From the top of the album “My Forever” to the close “Empty Boxes,” this album shines. There isn’t a skippable track. The first half easily gets you up on your feet. “Hol’ Up,” ft. Yo Gotti is the bop of the album, but “Run Run” is coming for that title.
The sample of Gladys Knight is everything. The three track punch of “Heart In My Hands,” “Blind” and “My Man” is a lot to take in. “How I Feel” straddles the line of R&B and church and will take you out. This album is definitely ‘a baby of Love & War and Calling All Lovers.’
We’re hoping we’ll get more music out of Tamar in the future, but as aforementioned, she’s planning on this being her last. In a recent interview with Wendy Williams, Braxton explained that she isn’t making another album to protect her marriage.
In a sit down with Entertainment Tonight, Braxton further explained her choice to close this chapter of her life. “There’s a lot of things that are going on in my relationship and me being close to this music industry,” said Braxton. “And whatever I can do to eliminate all of the stress and problems off of my relationship, I would rather do that.”
But of course she isn’t completely done with music. She will still be writing and is open to doing features. She’ll be hitting the road in November with Monica and the ladies of Xscape for The Great Xscape Tour before headlining her own tour.
All in all, this album is a phenomenal close to an amazing solo journey. This is the type of project you proudly hang your hat on and take a bow. With Bluebird of Happiness, Tamar Braxton has officially released three of the best R&B albums of the decade.
Make sure you support our girl Tamar and purchase Bluebird of Happiness which is available on all digital music outlets.
Bryant Smith is the founder and owner of The Top Tea.