Just as Sabrina's 'Boys (Summertime Love)' video was the most memorable thing for some about 1987, Toni Braxton's 'You're Makin' Me High' promo had quite the posse back in the summer of 1996 - except in Braxton's case the tune was as class as the visuals. Bouncing on the sassiest of basslines, it was hard to believe that the same singer could go from it to the wellies-demanding slush mountain that was 'Unbreak My Heart'.

Listen to Toni Braxton's new album here.

Fans of the latter will get a lot more out of 'Pulse' than fans of the former: it's slick, syrupy and full of man-did-wrong/man-did-right ballads and slow jams.

Braxton can, as ever, belt out a line, but she plays it too safe here and this would've been a far more memorable album if she had taken sonic inspiration from the old school soul R&B genius in the vaults of her new label Atlantic (ie the records, not someone being held against their will).

The uptempo, 'MTV Raps'-recalling 'Make My Heart' shows that she can still get reluctant lads up on the dancefloor; hopefully there'll be a lot more of that in the future.

Harry Guerin