Another Sad Love Song

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"Another Sad Love Song"

U.S. cover
Single by Toni Braxton
from the album Toni Braxton
Released June 29, 1993
Format CD single, 7" single
Recorded 1992
Genre
Length 5:01
Label LaFace
Writer(s)
Producer(s)
Toni Braxton singles chronology
"Love Shoulda Brought You Home"
(1992)
"Another Sad Love Song"
(1993)
"Breathe Again"
(1993)
Toni Braxton track listing
"Another Sad Love Song"
(1)
"Breathe Again"
(2)
Alternative cover
UK cover (1994)

"Another Sad Love Song" is the first official single from Toni Braxton's self-titled debut album, Toni Braxton (1993). After the success of "Love Shoulda Brought You Home", Braxton followed up with this R&B mid-tempo single. The song proved to be a success, giving Braxton her first U.S. Billboard Hot 100 top ten hit (number seven) and her first Adult Contemporary hit (number eight), and narrowly missing the top position of the Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs by peaking at number two, being held from the summit by SWV's "Right Here/Human Nature"/"Downtown". Internationally, "Another Sad Love Song" reached number fifteen in the United Kingdom, number twenty-three in the Netherlands, and number sixty in Germany.

The music video was released in three different versions. The first version was filmed in 1992 in black-and-white and featured the original music. The second version was filmed in May 1993 and was shown in color with exterior scenes from the first version. The third version was remixed to appeal to a wider audienced and was primarily shown in Europe. All three versions were successful and stayed in heavy rotation during the summer of 1993. "Another Sad Love Song" earned Braxton her first-ever Grammy Award, under the Best R&B Vocal Performance, Female category in 1994.

Background and composition[edit]

After releasing her first solo single, "Love Shoulda Brought You Home", in 1992, as the soundtrack of the film Boomerang, which became her first top-forty on the Billboard Hot 100 chart, Braxton released "Another Sad Love Song" as the lead-single from her self-titled debut album, Toni Braxton, on June 28, 1993.[1] According to Braxton, the song is a take-off of "Love Shoulda Brought You Home".

"Another Sad Love Song" was written and produced by Babyface and Daryl Simmons, with L.A. Reid also producing it.[2] Lyrically, "Another Sad Love Song" talks about Braxton complaining that every song played on the radio is a reminder of her ex-boyfriend. In the chorus, she sings, "It’s just another sad love song/Rackin’ my brain like crazy/Guess I’m all torn up/Be it fast or slow/It doesn’t let go/Or shake me/And it’s all because of you."[3]

Critical reception[edit]

The song received positive reviews from the majority of the music critics. Ron Wynn of Allmusic picked the song as a highlight from the album, writing that "Braxton's husky, enticing voice sounds hypnotic on the dismayed track."[4] Mitchell May of Chicago Tribune was very positive, writing that on the track, "the ache in her voice is all too real."[5] Connie Johnson of Los Angeles Times praised Braxton for "going to town on the soul-infused track."[6] Daryl Easlea of BBC Music praised that the song "showed how well an accomplished production team could perform when married with a superior vocalist."[7] People Magazine called its intro "coiling, almost eerie", "bolstered by her full-throated alto."[8]

John McAlley of Rolling Stone was extremely positive, writing that, "Another Sad Love Song – with its dynamic vocal, gargantuan hook and clever song-with-in-a-song lyric – surely ranks with 'End of the Road,' 'I'm Your Baby Tonight' and 'Every Little Step' as one of LaFace's greatest triumphs." McAlley also wrote the song "reinforces Braxton's lovelorn persona, as do several other midtempo ballads that L.A., Babyface and Daryl Simmons have front-loaded into Toni Braxton."[9] "Another Sad Love Song" was included in many greatest hits collections released by Braxton, including "Ultimate Toni Braxton" (2003), "Platinum & Gold Collection" (2004), "The Essential Toni Braxton" (2007) and "Breathe Again: The Best of Toni Braxton" (2009).[2]

Chart performance[edit]

"Another Sad Love Song" became Braxton's first top-ten on the Billboard Hot 100 chart, peaking at number seven. It was also the peak position on the Pop Songs chart, while on the Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs, the song reached higher, peaking at number 2.[10] In 1993, the song charted on the UK Singles Chart, reaching a peak of number 51, on September 18. However, in 1994, the song peaked at number 15, becoming its official peak position, on April 2.[11] Elsewhere, the song performed modestly, reaching number 23 on the Dutch Top 40 chart[12] and number 44 on the New Zealand Singles Chart.[13]

"Another Sad Love Song" also became Braxton's first song to receive a Grammy Nomination in 1994, on the category "Best R&B Vocal Performance, Female", ultimately winning the award.[10]

Music video[edit]

Braxton in the video, singing the song, while rain is falling down her window.

The music video was released in three different versions. The first version was directed by Antoine Fuqua and filmed in 1992 in black-and-white and featured the original music.[14] The second version was directed by Fuqua and Ralph Ziman and filmed in May 1993 and was shown in color with exterior scenes from the first version.[15] The third version was remixed to appeal to a wider audienced and was primarily shown in Europe.[16]

On her DVD, "From Toni with Love... The Video Collection", two versions of the video are also featured: the "black and white" and the "colorful version".[17] Braxton commented that she "was really feeling the song, because I was ending a relationship," she said.[17]

Track listings[edit]

U.S. CD single
  1. "Another Sad Love Song" (Remix Radio Edit) – 4:40
  2. "Another Sad Love Song" (Extended Remix) – 5:27
  3. "Another Sad Love Song" (Smoothed Out Version) – 4:23
  4. "Another Sad Love Song" (Remix Instrumental) – 5:01
  5. "Another Sad Love Song" (Album Version) – 5:01
U.S. promo CD single
  1. "Another Sad Love Song" (Radio Edit) – 4:13
  2. "Another Sad Love Song" (Album Version) – 5:01
  3. "Another Sad Love Song" (Album Instrumental) – 5:02
UK CD single (1993)
  1. "Another Sad Love Song" (Radio Edit) – 4:13
  2. "Give U My Heart" (Album Radio Edit) (Babyface featuring Toni Braxton) – 4:09
  3. "Another Sad Love Song" (Smoothed Out Version) – 4:23
  4. "Another Sad Love Song" (Album Version) – 5:01
UK CD single (1994)
  1. "Another Sad Love Song" (Album Version) – 5:01
  2. "Another Sad Love Song" (Remix Radio Edit) – 4:43
  3. "Another Sad Love Song" (Extended Remix) – 5:28
  4. "Another Sad Love Song" (Smoothed Out Version) – 4:23
German CD single
  1. "Another Sad Love Song" (Radio Edit) – 4:13
  2. "Another Sad Love Song" (Smoothed Out Version) – 4:23
  3. "Another Sad Love Song" (Extended Remix) – 5:28
  4. "Another Sad Love Song" (Album Version) – 5:01
UK collectors EP
  1. "Another Sad Love Song" (Album Version) – 5:01
  2. "Breathe Again" (Live from The Apollo) – 4:30
  3. "Best Friend" (Album Version) – 4:28
  4. "Give U My Heart" (Boomerang Album Version) (Babyface featuring Toni Braxton) – 5:04

Charts[edit]

Peak positions[edit]

Chart (1993) Peak
position
German Singles Chart[18] 60
U.S. Billboard Hot 100[10] 7
U.S. Billboard Pop Songs[10] 7
U.S. Billboard Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs[10] 2
U.S. Billboard Hot Dance Singles Sales[10] 32
U.S. Billboard Adult Contemporary[10] 8
Chart (1994) Peak
position
Dutch Top 40[12] 23
New Zealand Singles Chart[13] 44
UK Singles Chart[11] 15

End of year charts[edit]

End of year chart (1993) Position
U.S. Billboard Hot 100[19] 46

Cover version in 1994, Hong Kong singer Sally Yeh covered this song in Cantonese.

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Another Sad Love Song [CD Single]". Allmusic. Retrieved November 22, 2013. 
  2. ^ a b "Another Sad Love Song - Toni Braxton | Allmusic". Allmusic. Retrieved November 22, 2013. 
  3. ^ "Single Review: Toni Braxton “Another Sad Love Song”". Bland Is Out There. September 14, 2013. Retrieved November 22, 2013. 
  4. ^ Wynn, Ron. Toni Braxton - Toni Braxton at AllMusic. Retrieved 2011-10-17.
  5. ^ May, Mitchell (October 7, 1993). "Toni Braxton Toni Braxton (LaFace)". Chicago Tribune. Retrieved 2013-04-08. 
  6. ^ Johnson, Connie (September 5, 1993). "Record Rack / In Brief (Toni Braxton, "Toni Braxton")". Los Angeles Times. Retrieved 2011-10-17. 
  7. ^ Easlea, Daryl (2010). "BBC - Music - Review of Toni Braxton - Toni Braxton". BBC Music. Retrieved November 23, 2013. 
  8. ^ "Picks and Pans Review: Toni Braxton". People Magazine. August 23, 1993. Retrieved November 23, 2013. 
  9. ^ McAlley, John (November 25, 1993). "Toni Braxton: Toni Braxton : Music Reviews". Rolling Stone. Archived from the original on 2008-07-09. Retrieved 2011-10-17. 
  10. ^ a b c d e f g "Toni Braxton > Charts & Awards > Billboard Singles". Allmusic. Retrieved 2008-10-14. 
  11. ^ a b "Toni Braxton | Artist | Official Charts". Official Charts Company. Retrieved 2013-11-23. 
  12. ^ a b "Nederlandse Top 40 – week 21–1994". Top 40 (in Dutch). Retrieved 2009-10-18. 
  13. ^ a b "Charts.Org.Nz - Toni Braxton - Another Sad Love Song". New Zealand Singles Chart (in New Zealand). Retrieved 2013-11-23. 
  14. ^ "Toni Braxton - Another Sad Love Song". YouTube. Retrieved November 23, 2013. 
  15. ^ "Toni Braxton - Another Sad Love Song (Int'l Version)". YouTube. Retrieved November 23, 2013. 
  16. ^ "Toni Braxton - Another Sad Love Song (Remix)". YouTube. Retrieved November 23, 2013. 
  17. ^ a b "From Toni With Love...The Video Collection - Sony Music Entertainment Germany". Sony Music. Retrieved November 23, 2013. 
  18. ^ "Musicline.de – Toni Braxton – Another Sad Love Song". Musicline.de (in German). Retrieved 2008-10-14. 
  19. ^ "Billboard Top 100 - 1993". Retrieved 2010-08-27. 

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