Spanish Guitar (song)

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"Spanish Guitar"
Toni Braxton - Spanish Guitar.png
Single by Toni Braxton
from the album The Heat
ReleasedSeptember 25, 2000 (2000-09-25)
Format
Recorded1997–1999[1]
StudioChartmarker Studios
(Los Angeles)
Genre
Length4:47
Label
Songwriter(s)Diane Warren
Producer(s)David Foster
Toni Braxton singles chronology
"Just Be a Man About It"
(2000)
"Spanish Guitar"
(2000)
"Maybe"
(2001)

"Spanish Guitar" is a song by American singer Toni Braxton from her third studio album, The Heat (2000). It was released on September 25, 2000, as the album's third single. The song was written by Diane Warren and produced by David Foster. It was never released as a commercial single in the United States, where the song reached number 98 on the Billboard Hot 100.

In 2010, the song was covered by flamenco guitarist Benise (with Kimberley Locke providing vocals) for his album The Spanish Guitar.

Critical reception[edit]

The song received mixed reviews from music critics. Stephen Thomas Erlewine from AllMusic called it "an effective ballad" and picked it one of the best songs of the album, alongside "He Wasn't Man Enough" and "Just Be a Man About It".[2] CD Universe was largely positive, writing that "the appropriately titled 'Spanish Guitar' marks an interruption of the other songs' predominantly electronic textures while remaining consistent with the sensuous, romantic mood."[3] Barry Walters wrote favorably for Rolling Stone, stating that "Braxton's supple alto rests easily within mainstream R&B's smooove sonic furniture, her croons displaying husky quirks as the track goes through the multiplatinum motions on 'Spanish Guitar,' a Latin-conscious 'Un-Break My Heart' clone."[4]

However, Colin Ross wrote a mixed review for PopMatters, writing that the song is "overly dramatic and fairly uninspiring."[5] Amazon's Bob Roget agreed, calling it a "weightless trifle".[6]

Music video[edit]

The music video for "Spanish Guitar" opens with Braxton floating on top of the water. The scene quickly changes to a crowded cafe and centers on a man (portrayed by Kamar de los Reyes) playing the guitar. The scene changes to a modern white and red room where Braxton, wearing a red dress, sings her longing to be in his arms. There are several shots of him playing the guitar with the guitar morphing into Braxton in his arms. Towards the end, he and Braxton have a dance scene together. The video was directed by Billie Woodruff, who also directed the videos for "Un-Break My Heart", "He Wasn't Man Enough", and "Just Be a Man About It".

Track listings[edit]

  • German and Australian CD maxi single
  1. "Spanish Guitar" (Radio Mix) – 4:30
  2. "Spanish Guitar" (Mousse T.'s Radio Mix) – 4:07
  3. "Spanish Guitar" (HQ² Radio Edit) – 4:11
  4. "Spanish Guitar" (Royal Garden Flamenco Mix) – 4:35
  5. "Spanish Guitar" (Eiffel 65 Radio Edit) – 4:30
  • German and Australian CD maxi single (The Remixes)
  1. "Spanish Guitar" (Radio Mix) – 4:30
  2. "Spanish Guitar" (Mousse T.'s Extended Mix) – 6:53
  3. "Spanish Guitar" (HQ² Mix) – 8:54
  4. "Spanish Guitar" (Mousse T.'s Deep Vocal Mix) – 8:32
  5. "Spanish Guitar" (Eiffel 65 Extended Mix) – 6:54
  • German CD single
  1. "Spanish Guitar" (Radio Mix) – 4:20
  2. "Spanish Guitar" (Royal Garden's Flamenco Mix) – 4:35
  • US 12" single set
A1. "Spanish Guitar" (HQ² Mix) – 8:54
A2. "Spanish Guitar" (HQ² Radio Edit) – 4:10
B3. "Spanish Guitar" (Mousse T.'s Deep Vocal Mix) – 8:32
B4. "Spanish Guitar" (Mousse T.'s Radio Edit) – 4:02
C5. "Spanish Guitar" (Eiffel 65 Extended Mix) – 6:54
C6. "Spanish Guitar" (Eiffel 65 TV Edit) – 6:53
D7. "Spanish Guitar" (Mousse T.'s Extended Mix) – 6:53
D8. "Spanish Guitar" (Royal Garden Flamenco Mix) – 4:34
D9. "Spanish Guitar" (Album Version) – 4:25

Charts[edit]

Release history[edit]

Region Date Format Label Ref.
Germany September 25, 2000
Arista [24][25]
United States October 24, 2000 12" single
[26]
November 7, 2000 Rhythmic contemporary radio [27]
Urban adult contemporary radio [28]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Spanish guitar of Alexandre Lagoya. SR 19-156 (1980), Bridges I have burned, One more wild horse". Copyright Encyclopedia. Retrieved July 12, 2010.
  2. ^ Erlewine, Stephen Thomas. The Heat review at AllMusic. Retrieved 2012-02-15.
  3. ^ "Toni Braxton - Heat CD Album". CD Universe. Retrieved 16 February 2012.
  4. ^ Walters, Barry. "The Heat review". Rolling Stone. Archived from the original on July 26, 2008. Retrieved 2012-02-15.
  5. ^ Ross, Colin. "The Heat review". PopMatters. Retrieved 2012-02-15.
  6. ^ Roget, Bob. "The Heat: Toni Braxton". Amazon. Retrieved February 15, 2012.
  7. ^ "Australian-charts.com – Toni Braxton – Spanish Guitar". ARIA Top 50 Singles. Retrieved April 26, 2018.
  8. ^ "Austriancharts.at – Toni Braxton – Spanish Guitar" (in German). Ö3 Austria Top 40. Retrieved April 26, 2018.
  9. ^ "Ultratop.be – Toni Braxton – Spanish Guitar" (in Dutch). Ultratop 50. Retrieved April 26, 2018.
  10. ^ "Ultratop.be – Toni Braxton – Spanish Guitar" (in French). Ultratop 50. Retrieved April 26, 2018.
  11. ^ "Lescharts.com – Toni Braxton – Spanish Guitar" (in French). Les classement single. Retrieved April 26, 2018.
  12. ^ "Offiziellecharts.de – Toni Braxton – Spanish Guitar". GfK Entertainment Charts. Retrieved April 26, 2018.
  13. ^ "Italiancharts.com – Toni Braxton – Spanish Guitar". Top Digital Download. Retrieved April 26, 2018.
  14. ^ "Nederlandse Top 40 – Toni Braxton" (in Dutch). Dutch Top 40. Retrieved April 26, 2018.
  15. ^ "Dutchcharts.nl – Toni Braxton – Spanish Guitar" (in Dutch). Single Top 100. Retrieved April 26, 2018.
  16. ^ a b "Romanian Top 100: Top of the Year 2000" (in Romanian). Romanian Top 100. Archived from the original on January 22, 2005.
  17. ^ "Swedishcharts.com – Toni Braxton – Spanish Guitar". Singles Top 100. Retrieved April 26, 2018.
  18. ^ "Swisscharts.com – Toni Braxton – Spanish Guitar". Swiss Singles Chart. Retrieved April 26, 2018.
  19. ^ "Toni Braxton Chart History (Hot 100)". Billboard. Retrieved April 26, 2018.
  20. ^ "Toni Braxton Chart History (Adult Contemporary)". Billboard. Retrieved April 26, 2018.
  21. ^ "Toni Braxton Chart History (Dance Club Songs)". Billboard. Retrieved April 26, 2018.
  22. ^ "Toni Braxton Chart History (Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs)". Billboard. Retrieved April 26, 2018.
  23. ^ "The Year In Music: 2000". Billboard. Vol. 112 no. 53. December 30, 2000. p. YE-59. ISSN 0006-2510. Retrieved April 26, 2018 – via Google Books.
  24. ^ "Spanish Guitar (Maxi): Toni Braxton". Amazon (Germany) (in German). Retrieved April 26, 2018.
  25. ^ "Spanish Guitar (The Remixes): Toni Braxton". Amazon (Germany) (in German). Retrieved April 26, 2018.
  26. ^ "Spanish Guitar (12" single, 33/45 rpm): Toni Braxton". Amazon (US). Retrieved April 26, 2018.
  27. ^ "CHR/Rhythmic: Going For Adds (11/7/00)" (PDF). Radio & Records. November 3, 2000. p. 55. ISSN 0277-4860. Retrieved April 26, 2018 – via American Radio History.
  28. ^ "Urban AC: Going For Adds (11/7/00)" (PDF). Radio & Records. November 3, 2000. p. 70. ISSN 0277-4860. Retrieved April 26, 2018 – via American Radio History.