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LOS ANGELES, CALIFORNIA - NOVEMBER 24: Toni Braxton performs onstage during the 2019 American Music Awards at Microsoft Theater on November 24, 2019 in Los Angeles, California.

As promised, on Friday (Aug. 28), Toni Braxton released her tenth studio album, Spell My Name. The 10-track release features guest appearances from Missy Elliott (“Do It”) and H.E.R. (“Gotta Move On”).

The album that was released on Island Records serves as the follow up to Braxton’s 2018 release, Sex & Cigarettes.

On Spell My Name Braxton showcases her sultry vocals while mainly singing about a love lost. On tracks like “Gotta Move On,” “O.V.E.R,” and “Happy Without Me” the R&B veteran sings about trying to heal and moving forward.

On the album’s title track, Braxton sings about being older than her lover. “You said I’m what you wanted/And I’m still about it/I treat it like I own it/But it’s still feeling foreign, umm yeah/ Wait, I’m used to be being pulled up on the loving/Tell me young’n can you hang?/I’m a little older and I really kinda like it that way,” she sings.

Braxton also takes a different angle while signing about a breakup on “Fallin” and “Dance,” the bubbly dance-pop track that the album opens up with.

“I just found out yesterday/Everybody knew my man/You promised me I was your only, yeah/Tonight you’ll see I won’t be lonely/I don’t give a damn, I just wanna dance our love away,” Braxton sings on the track.


Glennisha Morgan is a Detroit-bred multimedia journalist and writer. She writes about intersectionality, hip-hop, pop culture, queer issues, race, feminism, and her truth. Follow her on Twitter @GlennishaMorgan.