You may be familiar with Tamia’s iconic “Into You” or “You Put a Move on My Heart” featuring Quincy Jones. As the daughter of a single mother, the Ontario-born artist received a Grammy Award nomination in her 20s. Maintaining a prominent career for more than 20 years, Tamia returns with Passion Like Fire.
Arriving shortly after her anniversary, Passion Like Fire is an emotional journey into Tamia’s mind and love life. With an in-depth look at her relationship, Tamia expands her sensual body of work. For Tamia, love is an obsession, constant and forever evolving. Tamia’s chart-topping “Leave It Smokin’” lights up the album in the second track. Halfway through the album, “Deeper” hits with an emotional high point.
Tamia’s love is the core of this album, evident on “Lost In You.” The infatuation of love becomes a kind of healthy obsession for Tamia. She thinks about him constantly, she is literally “lost” but finds strength in that. On the single “Leave It Smokin’,” Tamia breaks down the importance of passion on a healthy relationship. Genuine attraction is what Tamia finds to be one of the most pressing concerns of maintaining a relationship. Giving into “temptations” and getting out of comfort zones are also required of Tamia’s relationship. “When The Sun Comes Up” introduces the idea of treating a relationship like a party.
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The extremely emotional “You Are Loved” serenades Tamia’s husband. She discusses how much she loves him, and what that means. Her emotional support of him is shown throughout the song. Tamia breaks down the lengths she can go for love on “Deeper.” The role of love on the world and on Tamia is displayed through her commitment to becoming a better partner. Tamia’s struggle to become better in her relationship hits hard and is emotionally resonant. On “Today I Do”, Tamia delves into what it means for her to be in a committed relationship. For Tamia it involves staying invested in her relationship despite distractions. Her relationship also relies on limiting doubt because “love erased all the questions.”
On this album, Tamia explores the themes of love and how it affects different parts of her life. From her daily life to her long-term goals, Tamia loves her husband continuously. As she considers the ways she loves him, we get a look at what it truly means to be in love. Through her eyes, we see what commitment means, how obsession can be healthy, and how to maintain “passion like fire” even after 19 years.