Toni Braxton - Classic or Dud?

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Holy shit! Why hasn't this been done? I say classic: "Breathe Again," "Another Sad Love Song," "Un-break My Heart."

Alfred, Lord Sotosyn, Wednesday, 14 January 2009 18:23 (twelve years ago) link

classic 4evz! agree on those three definitely - love the way that 'unbreak my heart' works equally well as ballad and as banger - & would add 'you're main' me high', so sultry, and especially 'take this ring' off her 05 failed comeback album, which is like the creeping, anguished, molasses-slow flipside of '1 thing'.

she has a new track out & i can't remember anything about it, though.

lex pretend, Wednesday, 14 January 2009 18:26 (twelve years ago) link

I'm looking at The Essential, and it's waaaay too many songs, but she was on a roll - maybe my favorite nineties balladeer.

Alfred, Lord Sotosyn, Wednesday, 14 January 2009 18:34 (twelve years ago) link

wtf hasn't this been done

Surmounter, Wednesday, 14 January 2009 18:36 (twelve years ago) link

classiccc

Surmounter, Wednesday, 14 January 2009 18:36 (twelve years ago) link

Classic for her music. Classic for going bankrupt and then going #1 -- now that's a comeback.

dad a, Wednesday, 14 January 2009 18:46 (twelve years ago) link

forgot about "He Wasn't Man Enough."

Alfred, Lord Sotosyn, Wednesday, 14 January 2009 20:15 (twelve years ago) link

At the time "He Wasn't Man Enough For Me" seemed like one of the first truly generic millenial R&B productions (Rodney Jerkins production lol) but I think it has aged well.

"You're Making Me High" is pure sex. "Un-Break My Heart" is marvellously gay in all its versions.

Amazingly, given the ubiquity of Whitney Houston as a quoted reference point for aspiring R&B singers, Toni's very clear post-Whitney vibe seems rather distinct to me.

Tim F, Thursday, 15 January 2009 02:46 (twelve years ago) link

a much more fruitful influence too.

Alfred, Lord Sotosyn, Thursday, 15 January 2009 02:48 (twelve years ago) link

two months pass...

wait what was #1 after she went bankrupt?

Surmounter, Wednesday, 18 March 2009 20:59 (eleven years ago) link

her voice in Unbreak my heart is at once hilarious and breathtaking

Surmounter, Wednesday, 18 March 2009 21:01 (eleven years ago) link

It's a pretty hilarious/breathtaking song in general.

The Reverend, Wednesday, 18 March 2009 23:09 (eleven years ago) link

The best treatment ever given to a Dianne Warren composition.

The Screaming Lobster of Challops (Alfred, Lord Sotosyn), Wednesday, 18 March 2009 23:20 (eleven years ago) link

That or "Rhythm of the Night."

"There's No Me Without You" is one of the most gorgeous ballads ever sung. The last minute-plus, from "no, no, no-OOH!" to that shameless abrupt ending, is a vocal tour de force, damn near baroque as Braxton just owns the staff. It's so perfect it could make one forgive all those shoes.

And I love how she appropriates the sainted Impressions for her own sassy ends in "Let Me Show You The Way (Out)."

Kevin John Bozelka, Thursday, 19 March 2009 00:58 (eleven years ago) link

two years pass...

can someone tell me why this jam&lewis jam was never released cuz wtf
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=AWErM9wk_1w&feature=player_embedded#at=46

hella peens (D-40), Monday, 13 June 2011 05:41 (nine years ago) link

^^whoa now who knew that's great

backlash stan straw man fan (m coleman), Monday, 13 June 2011 13:05 (nine years ago) link

yeah i remember that one, never knew it was j&l though. cool song

iirc the label didnt really know/care where they were going with libra and that wasn't a partic trendy cut or anything so

r|t|c, Monday, 13 June 2011 13:14 (nine years ago) link

kinda comparable to 'pro lover' off the last usher album (though it made the final tracklist in the end) - just a great solid jam that didnt really "fit in" with the marketable sound of now

r|t|c, Monday, 13 June 2011 13:19 (nine years ago) link

four years pass...

Let's do it one more time (come on)
Let's do it one last night (come on)
Let's do it for the memories of when we had it right
Let's do it for the good (come on)
Let's do it for the bad (come on)
Let's do it for the sex that we may never have again
Let's do it one more time (come on)
Let's do it one more time

The burrito of ennui (Alfred, Lord Sotosyn), Tuesday, 4 August 2015 22:18 (five years ago) link

two years pass...

new album is terrific, and only 30 minutes

morning wood truancy (Alfred, Lord Sotosyn), Monday, 26 March 2018 13:17 (two years ago) link

Yeah, I love it. The first three songs Kind of overshadow the second half for me atm but it’s all good.

human and working on getting beer (longneck), Thursday, 29 March 2018 12:05 (two years ago) link

"Long as I Live" is gorgeous.

Dangleballs and the Ballerina (cryptosicko), Thursday, 29 March 2018 14:45 (two years ago) link

two years pass...

New song, "Do It": https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dJF9Emix3Ps

No mean feat. DaBaby (breastcrawl), Friday, 10 April 2020 23:05 (nine months ago) link

four months pass...

Spell My Name sounds really good. Can't tell if there's a song I'll love as much as "Long As I Live," but seems likely.

geoffreyess, Thursday, 3 September 2020 22:36 (four months ago) link

four months pass...

Yep, "Dance" got there :)

swing out sister: live in new donk city (geoffreyess), Saturday, 9 January 2021 22:50 (two weeks ago) link

i like "dance" a lot. i know r&b stations don't do too much w/ disco nowadays but i was still surprised not to hear it more on the radio

dyl, Sunday, 10 January 2021 03:59 (two weeks ago) link


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