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All Music Guide - Stephen Thomas Erlewine
Toni Braxton's second album, Secrets, follows through on the promise of her eponymous debut. Like her first album, the majority of Secrets was co-produced by Babyface and his partner L.A. Reid, while the material is divided between songs written by outside songwriters like R. Kelly, Tony Rich, and Diane Warren and originals by Braxton and Babyface. Braxton and Babyface's collaborations are the highlights of the album, combining rich melodies and gorgeous choruses with subtle, clever lyrics that are never laced with clich?s. Nearly equalling the original numbers are contributions by Tony Rich "Come On Over Here" and R. Kelly "I Don't Want To"; with these tracks, ...
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All Music Guide - Stephen Thomas Erlewine
Toni Braxton's second album, Secrets, follows through on the promise of her eponymous debut. Like her first album, the majority of Secrets was co-produced by Babyface and his partner L.A. Reid, while the material is divided between songs written by outside songwriters like R. Kelly, Tony Rich, and Diane Warren and originals by Braxton and Babyface. Braxton and Babyface's collaborations are the highlights of the album, combining rich melodies and gorgeous choruses with subtle, clever lyrics that are never laced with clichés. Nearly equalling the original numbers are contributions by Tony Rich "Come On Over Here" and R. Kelly "I Don't Want To"; with these tracks, both musicians demonstrate why they are considered two of the top songwriters in '90s R&B and soul. Secrets does have a couple of weak moments. The numbers produced by David Foster are too predictable in their slick commercial appeal, but Braxton manages to infuse the songs with life and passion that elevates them beyond their generic confines. And her vocal talent is what unites Secrets and makes it into a first-rate contemporary R&B collection. Braxton is a singer who can cross over into the smooth confines of adult contemporary radio without losing or betraying the soul that lies at the foundation of her music, and her talent burns at its brightest on Secrets.
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  • Release Date: 6/18/1996
  • Label: La Face
  • UPC: 730082602044
  • Catalog Number: 26020

Album Credits

Performance Credits
Toni Braxton Primary Artist, Primary Artist, Vocals, Background Vocals
Babyface Acoustic Guitar, Guitar, Electric Guitar, Keyboards, Background Vocals
Kenny G Saxophone
Jeremy Lubbock Conductor
Marc Nelson Background Vocals
Michael Thompson Electric Guitar
Shanice Background Vocals
Chanté Moore Background Vocals
R. Kelly Background Vocals, Multi Instruments
Luis Conte Percussion
Keith Crouch Organ, Multi Instruments
Nathan East Bass
Sherree Ford-Payne Background Vocals
Simon Franglen Synclavier
Reggie Hamilton Bass
Andrea Martin Background Vocals
Dean Parks Acoustic Guitar
Greg Phillinganes Synthesizer, Piano
Tony Rich Background Vocals, Multi Instruments
Jakkai Butler Background Vocals
Technical Credits
Babyface Composer, Producer, Executive Producer
Jeremy Lubbock String Arrangements
David Foster Arranger, Programming, Producer
Toni Braxton Composer, Executive Producer, Vocal Arrangements
R. Kelly Arranger, Composer, Producer
Leslie Brathwaite Engineer
Keith Crouch Arranger, Producer, Engineer, Vocal Arrangements
Felipe Elgueta Engineer
Brad Gilderman Engineer
Eugene Lo Engineer
Manny Marroquin Engineer
Andrea Martin Composer
Peter Mokran Engineer
Neil Pogue Engineer
Herb Powers Mastering
L.A. Reid Executive Producer, Vocal Arrangements
Dave Reitzas Engineer
Tony Rich Arranger, Producer
Al Schmitt Engineer
Soulshock Arranger, Producer
Gloria Stewart Composer
Tim Thomas Vocal Arrangements
Bryce Wilson Composer, Programming, drum programming
Davett Singletary Art Direction
Randy Walker Programming
Brayn Reminic Contributor
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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Toni Is Just awesome

    Few years back i wrote a review about this album and i was wrong about her voice she doesn´t have 8 octave vocalrange it doesn´t exist and it´s not human Toni has an 4 octav vocalrange like Mary J Blige,Heather Hedley,Brandy and Monica. There are only few singers who has over 4 octaves and they are Mariah Carey,Celine Dion,Whitney Houston and Barbra Streisand who has about 7 octave vocalrange that´s barely human. This album is just awesome and my all time favorit song from this album and my fave Toni song ever is the number#1 single Unbreak My Heart produced by David Foster.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    toni at her best

    this cd ws amazing. my faves are "how could an angel..." and "in the late of night." this album is full of soul

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    her best

    i think this is her best cd to date and this cd deserves to sale platinum status.i will not be surprised if it goes over 10 million

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    TONI IS THE NEW DIVA

    What an awesome album i love this one it is so hot. Toni has a great voice similar as Celine Dion and Aretha Franklin if you mix them you will regonize Toni´s Alto-Soprano 8 octav voice. This album includes the no1#Singles UN-BREAK MY HEART AND YOU´RE MAKING ME HIGH and the nice mid tempo ballad HOW COULD AN ANGEL BREAK MY HEART WITH KENNY G.ANOTHER FAVE ON THIS SUPER ALBUM IS LET IT FLOW AND LOTS MORE. Toni Braxton is my favorit singer with Celine Dion and Mariah Carey.

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    Posted October 25, 2008

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