Toni Braxton Returns With Sultry Single “Deadwood”
And she’s back! Toni Braxton returns today (September 14) with her first single since 2012’s “I Heart You” and it’s a stunning return to form. Produced by Fred Ball (Rihanna’s “Love On The Brain”), “Deadwood” is a classic R&B ballad that showcases the 7-time Grammy winner’s powerful pipes and emotional delivery. “Just wanna let you know, I won’t let this one go,” she croons over strummed guitar, a chunky bass line and strings. “You got me down but I ain’t out, think you got me good/left me like some deadwood, I may be down but I’ll turn it ’round.”
As much as I love Toni’s club bangers and sexy bedroom anthems, heartbreak is what she does best and “Deadwood” is a worthy addition to her canon of tear-soaked ballads (think “Un-Break My Heart and “Breathe Again”). It will be interesting to see how the timeless-sounding track works on radio in the age of rap features and EDM drops, but it’s sure to find love with fans of old-school soul. If this is any indication, the 49-year-old’s Sex & Cigarettes LP (due early 2018) is going to be something special. Listen to the track below.