From The Vault: The Braxtons – ‘Slow Flow’

Published: Sunday 22nd May 2011 by David

On their hit reality show ‘Braxton Family Values’, Toni’s sisters Trina, Towanda and Tamar are depicted as the Party Girl, the Responsible One and the Diva respectively. Well, this week’s From The Vault will showcases the trio as members of underrated R&B group, The Braxtons. Lifted from their 1997 second album, ‘So Many Ways’, ‘Slow Flow’ is yet another example of the talent with which has blessed the Braxton family.

The laid-back groove is evocative of the R&B scene during the mid-nineties: New-Jack beat: check, DJ-scratches: check, melancholic synth-line: check, great vocals: check.

Moreover, each member is apportioned ample light to flaunt what they’re working with. From Trina’s deep, mature vocal, to Towanda’s soulful tone (one we must add lends itself well to Gospel music), and of course Tamar  – whose voice proves just as big her personality. Indeed, any such doubt of her ability is dispelled when she takes charge and treats us to a melisma-heavy final chorus.

Hopefully at some point, the show, without losing its comical and inspirational appeal, will provide more music-related storylines for the ladies. As, like this song and numerous others attest, they are worth so much more than the ‘roles’ they’ve been assigned. Of course, seeing Tamar act like Tamar is great – however, it’d be hot.com if we’d see more of such antics in a recording studio.

Bring On that reunion album!

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  1. ヅ•·.·´¯`·.·•-ΛALEXISR-Bahamas♩ ♪ ♫ ♬ ★ ☆ ✰ T.I.P.•·.·´¯`·.·•ヅ May 22, 2011

    Damn!

    That was good. Had never seen it.

  2. Robbie May 22, 2011

    I just found my Braxtons album the other day!…I LOVE them then and LOVE them even more now!

  3. mb May 22, 2011

    They all SOUNDED good, but Trina looked so lost and out of place. I’m glad she gained some weight too! Yikes!!

  4. Keepin’ it real May 22, 2011

    You know what I realized is that Towanda has the strongest voice out of all of the group. I always knew she had incredible voice from the way she speaks during confessions on Braxton’s family value show.

  5. whowhatme May 22, 2011

    I remember I had this CD. They had some good cuts on there. “What Does It Take” was my favorite.

  6. RealMusic May 22, 2011

    I like this song. Great vocals, and Trina was skinny as hell.

  7. NICK May 22, 2011

    I STILL ROCK THIS CD!!!! haha, loved the throwback video, too cute!!

  8. MaZ May 22, 2011

    Still listen to their CD. Loved their version of Diana Ross’s “The boss”. They’re good and need to make a comeback.

  9. jahlal May 22, 2011

    I think ”only” love was The Braxtons best song and video.. I still dont know why they didnt make it big!?

  10. SparkD May 22, 2011

    Someone need to put up Tamar Braxton’s old cd.

  11. Jasmine May 22, 2011

    I liked that they all had time so shine with the performance. Trina was very skinny back in the day and out of all the sisters Trina looks the most like Toni and sounds the most like Toni. As a group, they all have something to contribute which is why I had to find my old Braxtons CD and play it since I haven’t listened to their CD in well over 10 years.

  12. LuxuriousSunnshine May 22, 2011

    That was my favorite cd and my fav song at the age of 6. Lol Trina was my favorite!

  13. Whoa Now… May 23, 2011

    Wow, I’m loving this. I agree they need to make a comeback, they still got it all they need is a good writer & a good producer.

  14. Lala May 23, 2011

    Always loved the Braxtons…since the album came out in 96 I think, so I was only too happy with the start of their reality tv show, which I also love. Like most people I find Tamar a little too much, but I put up with her and the show cos I love the other ladies’ personalities so much and I’ve always known Tamar can blow, so she’s worth all the self-given hype, lol. Check out “Money Can’t Buy You Love” on her solo album…perfect description of everything that Tamar is, voice and personality combined.

    Have had The Braxtons only album on repeat lately and if you love the show and don’t have the album try and cop it, you won’t regret it. I can now clearly tell the girls voices apart and they each have the qualities described above by the Grape Juice staff. I agree

  15. SanityKane May 23, 2011

    Wow, I like this song, why am I just now hearing this! This is the jam, I wanted to get up and do that dance Pam on Martin did when she was walking over to Biggie; but the MAN was not having that! Thanks for posting this, gotta get back to work though! 🙂

  16. DC_Diva May 23, 2011

    Liked it. I love the show…just started watching it.

  17. kntmusiclover May 24, 2011

    Wow..trina looks better with the weight on her. She is still small now.. all of them look better now.

  18. tld May 24, 2011

    this song is HOT!!!!! Tamar please stop saying Beyonce inspires you, you guys should inspire her. This is the music peiple are missing hearing. I can listen to this years form now, thats why UI hate single ladies and girls run this world, who the hell is going to listen to that crap years from now. Tamar you and yur sisters are a force to b recon with. Use your self and your family as an inspiration. Thais is a really great song.

  19. NUNYA May 24, 2011

    I purchased the cd and I enjoyed it. i dont know why it was overlooked, and they all can actually sing. Its not like they arent talented. If they come out with another cd, I’d purchase it.

  20. Victoria May 25, 2011

    I love them as a whole…all 5 of them are great on the show. They sing beautifully. I’m so excited for the thought of them coming back, and I hope its a gospel CD too. PLEASE….make another CD #TeamBraxtons

  21. ……. August 24, 2011

    @TLD AWESOME POINT!!!! I think a lot of artists dont realize how talented they are because they havent been in tha spotlight or at the top for a long time.. That Is a VERY GOOD POINT!!!

  22. ……. August 24, 2011

    @TLD or because other artists are at the top at the present time… which they are not at..

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