Snowflakes

Snowflakes

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by Toni Braxton
     
 

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For her first holiday recording, R&B diva Toni Braxton celebrates the season to be jolly with the romantic Snowflakes -- a disc filled with standards such as "Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas" and original recordings such as "Christmas in Jamaica." Collaborating with her husband, Keri Lewis, as executive producer, Braxton sets a jubilant mood for her

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For her first holiday recording, R&B diva Toni Braxton celebrates the season to be jolly with the romantic Snowflakes -- a disc filled with standards such as "Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas" and original recordings such as "Christmas in Jamaica." Collaborating with her husband, Keri Lewis, as executive producer, Braxton sets a jubilant mood for her favorite time of year -- a time when family and friends express and share their love.

Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Stephen Thomas Erlewine
Snowflakes is hardly a traditional Christmas record. Of its nine proper songs (the two final songs are instrumental and remix variations of two cuts that came before), there are only two standards -- "Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas" and "The Christmas Song" -- unless you want to count Vince Guaraldi's "Christmas Time Is Here," familiar through Merry Christmas, Charlie Brown. The rest has been co-written by Braxton and a variety of collaborators, then polished by her, Keri Lewis, and Antonio "L.A." Reid. Not surprisingly, the end result is something that's very similar to a proper Toni Braxton record, only with an appropriately hushed tone and the sultriness replacing the overt sexiness. Some of the originals are pretty good -- particularly the two opening cuts, "Holiday Celebrate" and the Shaggy duet "Christmas in Jamaica" (it's always a good idea to front-load holiday records) -- and the rest that don't make much of an impact are nevertheless pleasant and add to the mood. And that pretty much summarizes the record -- it's not remarkable, but it's nice, providing a nice, romantic soundtrack for an evening of cuddling in front of the tree and a roaring fire. Which is all that you could ask for, really.

Product Details

Release Date:
08/01/2003
Label:
Bmg Special Product
UPC:
0755174793226
catalogNumber:
147932
Rank:
94764

Tracks

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Toni Braxton   Primary Artist,Vocals,Background Vocals
Babyface   Background Vocals
Jeremy Lubbock   Conductor
Michael Thompson   Electric Guitar
Chanté Moore   Background Vocals
Elizabeth Wilson   Violin
Kayo   Bass
Brenton Banks   Violin
Peter Donald   Drums
Assa Drori   Violin,Concert Master
Don Sebesky   Conductor
Nathan East   Bass
Arni Egilsson   Double Bass,Contrabass (Vocal)
Jerry Epstein   Viola
Henry Ferber   Violin
Brent Fischer   Percussion,Conductor
Jim Fox   Guitar
Jim Hughart   Bass
Armen Ksadjikian   Cello
Sonny Lallerstedt   Guitar,Classical Guitar
McArthur   Drums
Scott Meeder   Drums,drum overdubs
Jorge Moraga   Viola
Irma Neumann   Violin
Don Palmer   Violin
Kazi Pitelka   Viola
Tom Ranier   Piano,Celeste
L.A. Reid   Drums
Anatoly Rosinsky   Violin
Daryl Simmons   Percussion,Keyboards
Neal Starkey   Bass
Vance Taylor   Piano
Cecilia Tsan   Cello
Shari Zippert   Violin
Shaggy   Vocals
Daniel Smith   Cello
Robert Sanov   Violin
Lisa Sutton   Violin
Craig Love   Guitar
Igor Kiskatchi   Violin
Lynn Grants   Viola
Robert Berg   Viola
Tamar Braxton   Background Vocals
Tom Rainer   Piano,Celeste
Oscar Hidalgo   Double Bass,Contrabass (Vocal)
Heather Michell   Background Vocals
Dan Smith   Cello
Jean Sudbury   Violin
Becky Bunnell   Violin
Henry Gronnier   Violin
Sally Berman   Violin
Thomas Diener   Viola
Mario de León   Violin

Technical Credits

Babyface   Producer
Ashley Alexander   Engineer
Vince Guaraldi   Composer
Jeremy Lubbock   String Arrangements,String Conductor
Mel Tormé   Composer
Toni Braxton   Arranger,Composer,Producer,Executive Producer,Vocal Arrangements
Assa Drori   Engineer
Don Sebesky   Arranger
Clare Fischer   Orchestration,String Arrangements
Brent Fischer   String Arrangements
Brad Gilderman   Engineer
Darren Godwin   Engineer
Isaac Hayes   Composer
Thom "TK" Kidd   Engineer
Keri Lewis   Composer,Producer,Executive Producer,Instrumentation
Larry Mah   Engineer
McArthur   Producer
Randy Poole   Engineer
L.A. Reid   Producer,Executive Producer
Daryl Simmons   Arranger,Producer
Robert Wells   Composer
Jim "Z" Zumpano   Engineer
Shaggy   Producer
Gordon Dukes   Engineer,Vocal Engineer
Craig Love   Producer
Jason Shablik   Engineer
Poke & Tone   Producer,Remixing
Lee Mendelson   Composer
Tony Williams   drum programming
Courtney Walter   Art Direction
Donnie Scantz   Producer,Vocal Engineer,Instrumentation
Precision   Producer
Dave Palmer   Engineer

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Snowflakes 4.7 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 7 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I've purchase many Christmas albums some good some not so good. I would rank Toni's album the best in my christmas collection ''Snowflakes of love'' excellent composition.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Toni is great, very easy to listen to especially for a romantic night-in over the Christmas holidays.
Guest More than 1 year ago
With this album Toni Braxton sets the mood for listeners who want to get in the Christmas mood with that special someone. This album is not remarkably unique but, it gives the listener what they want to hear-a good album during the season of giving and rememberance!
Guest More than 1 year ago
I love Toni Braxton's music. This X-Mas album will be a classic before the end of the year. Would make a great gift!
Guest More than 1 year ago
TONI BRAXTON is coming with her snowflakes soul album for this holiday. A very wonderful album that make you feel the 'snowflakes' from year to year.....
Guest More than 1 year ago
I Love Love Love this album, the songs are so great and universal, I found myself listening to the songs this past summer... I worked at a retail shop last Christmas, and we were forced to play Christmas albums every day for a month...and this album happened to be one of them...and was supprisingly the best...All of the customers were saying that they loved the songs.... Santa Please---endearing lush, warm, cozy midtempo number that is my favorite....think norah jones, and anita baker.... Holiday Celebrate- catchy uptempo tune, very passionate and exciting.... Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas, Christmas Time Is Here, The Christmas Song.....All worth the listen...Toni makes it soothing and adds her own spin to them This Album is too good for words...a nice one for the romantics....a must have for R@B Lovers... If all Toni's christmas' are like this CD showcases...I want to join her....very nostalgic, remarkable album in my opinion
Guest More than 1 year ago
This is a great album from a great artist. Please buy