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When her self-titled debut dropped in 1993, Toni Braxton's deep, breathy, and sinfully sensual vocal style immediately distinguished her from the soulful yet more refined wailings of chart darlings Whitney Houston and Mariah Carey. On her seductive follow-up, SECRETS, Braxton continued to woo listeners with her rich vocals and upped the ante with a new, diva-glam image. But with THE HEAT, Braxton has kicked her flavor up a notch. Her barely-there halter top on the album's cover and the sassy lead single "He Wasn't Man Enough" suggest the disc's feverish pitch -- and things only get steamier as you wade through the music. From the provocative, mid-tempo "Gimme Some" ...
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Barnes & Noble - Tracy E. Hopkins
When her self-titled debut dropped in 1993, Toni Braxton's deep, breathy, and sinfully sensual vocal style immediately distinguished her from the soulful yet more refined wailings of chart darlings Whitney Houston and Mariah Carey. On her seductive follow-up, SECRETS, Braxton continued to woo listeners with her rich vocals and upped the ante with a new, diva-glam image. But with THE HEAT, Braxton has kicked her flavor up a notch. Her barely-there halter top on the album's cover and the sassy lead single "He Wasn't Man Enough" suggest the disc's feverish pitch -- and things only get steamier as you wade through the music. From the provocative, mid-tempo "Gimme Some" -- with its stuttered bass beat -- to the breathtaking, Latin-influenced power ballad "Spanish Guitar," a bolder Braxton proves she is comfortable with her image as a sexually assertive woman. And just when you think the record can't get any hotter, Braxton whispers sweet nothings over the pulsating groove of the largely instrumental "The Art of War" until the song builds to a dizzying aural climax. Whew! If you can stand THE HEAT, Braxton is well worth the sunburn. In other words, THE HEAT is so sultry, it deserves a health warning from the Surgeon General.
All Music Guide - Stephen Thomas Erlewine
Toni Braxton went through a lot in the years separating her star-making Toni Braxton and her 2000 comeback The Heat. Yes, she became a star, but she also went through a painful bankruptcy that delayed her sequel for years. Fortunately, you wouldn't be able to tell that there was so much behind-the-scenes drama from The Heat -- it's a confident, assured, sexy effort that reaffirms Braxton's status as one of the finest contemporary mainstream soul singers. She may not be as street-smart as Mary J. Blige, nor does she push the boundaries of the genre the way TLC does, but she has a full, rich voice that instantly lends her songs a sense of maturity and sensuality, especially since she never, ever oversings or misjudges her material. And, while that material can occasionally be a little generic, much of The Heat is built on solid ballads and smoldering, mid-tempo dance numbers. Producers as diverse as Babyface, Rodney Jerkins, Daryl Simmons, Teddy Bishop, and David Foster are responsible for various tracks on the album, which is typical for a big-budget, superstar release like this, but rarely are the tracks quite as consistent and cohesive as they are here. The skittering beats of "He Wasn't Man Enough" and "Gimme Some" are every bit as effective as the simmering title track or ballads "I'm Still Breathing" and "Spanish Guitar" -- or "Just Be a Man About It," an instant classic telephone breakup song, with Dr. Dre playing the wayward lover breaking the news to Ms. Braxton. True, The Heat slightly runs out of momentum toward the end, but there aren't many dull spots on the record -- it's all stylish, sultry, seductive, appealing urban contemporary soul that confirms Braxton's prodigious talents.
Vibe - Anthony Decurtis
Amid all the media hoopla, it was easy to forget just how rich and eloquent a singer Braxton is. The Heat is a powerful, welcome reminder.

Amid all the media hoopla, it was easy to forget just how rich and eloquent a singer Braxton is. The Heat is a powerful, welcome reminder.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 4/25/2000
  • Label: Arista
  • UPC: 730082606929
  • Catalog Number: 26069

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 He Wasn't Man Enough (4:21)
  2. 2 The Heat (3:30)
  3. 3 Spanish Guitar (4:49)
  4. 4 Just Be a Man About It (4:48)
  5. 5 Gimme Some (4:03)
  6. 6 I'm Still Breathing (4:15)
  7. 7 Fairy Tale (4:22)
  8. 8 The Art of Love (3:47)
  9. 9 Speaking in Tongues (3:46)
  10. 10 Maybe (3:08)
  11. 11 You've Been Wrong (3:45)
  12. 12 Never Just for a Ring (4:01)
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
Toni Braxton Primary Artist, Primary Artist
Technical Credits
Babyface Producer
Toni Braxton Producer
Herb Powers Mastering
L.A. Reid Producer
Claude "Swifty" Achille Engineer
Cherie O'Brien Creative Coordinator
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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Another HOT album from Toni

    I love this album it is so HOT and Toni is so sexy and Beautiful in the RN´B song HE WASN´T MAN ENOUGH and the BALLAD SPANISH GUITAR is my all time fave Toni song with all the other songs Toni has made through out her career. If you liked her 2 preview albums you sure will Love this one to.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    TONI'S STILL RISING!!

    Since the trials and tribulations of her highly publisized bankruptcy, fans could'nt wait to see if Ms. Braxton would come back. with rockets on full blast Toni blazed back with The Heat!. Kicking the album off with Rodney Jerkin's ''He wasnt man enough'' and showing the sensual but authentic eternal heartbreak dormat with ''Just be a man about it'' Telling the tales of latin lovin with ''Spanish Guitar''. Toni took a dose of Barry white when she did ''The art of love'' moaning orgasmicly. My personal favorite is ''Maybe'' which she decides if this is the night to make love or should she wait. The album is absolutely superb in every aspect of the word.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Mediocre set with sparks of greatness

    First single ''He Wasn't Man Enough'' is funny, funky, spunky and spirited. Different than anything Toni's ever done, it's a modern, Rodney Jerkins produced version of the old Millie Jackson ''woman to woman'' heart to heart dish kind of song. Not only is it one of Toni's best, but one of DarkChild's best productions too. Unfortunately, the rest of the album offers only intermittent winners. Diane Warren's ''Spanish Guitar'' is strong and seductive, though so nearly a copy of ''Unbreak My Heart'' you'll wonder if you really need to own the same song twice. Babyface's ''Fairy Tale'' is decent and the Left Eye-guested ''Gimme Some'' is energetic. I don't care for the lazy ''Just Be A Man About It'' - which gets by only because of the 'waiting to exhale'-ish female friendly attitude of its lyrics. Whereas Toni's ''Secrets'' was a cut-for-cut winner, many of these other tunes just seem like generic midtempo R & B muzak/filler. Not offensively bad enough to turn off the CD as background mood music - but really not good enough to be a radio jam or wedding theme you'll love to hum. This isn't intended to be a total pan-''The Heat'' is marginally worth owning (on sale) for ''He Wasn't Man Enough'', but it shouldn't be your first Toni purchase (Secrets) or one of your top R & B purchases of the year. Toni's a terrific and unique vocalist - and I think can do better.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    new beginning for toni

    i know some people are shocked but this is toni at her best. trust me it will grow on you.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Toni is The Diva of the Millenium

    I think the song ''he wasn't man enough'' is the greatest song i've heard for a while. She is back and like never before. GO TONI!!!! GO TONI !!!!!! GO TONI!!!!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    ''The Heat'' is on Toni Braxton

    The first release from Toni Braxton in 5 years was totally worth the wait. ''Braxtonians'' will remember the familiar tone of Toni's earlier songs and recognize the Alto's unprecedented range in her music. Toni keeps it simple, yet satisfies the complicity of modern music. From the Flamenco inspired ballad ''Spanish Guitar'' to the hard driving Dance hit ''He wasn't Man Enough For Me'', Toni shows that five years can only make you better. Toni also shares the spotlight well in ''The Heat'', with tracks featuring TLC's Lisa ''Left Eye'' Lopes and Rapper Dr. Dre. I would have liked to rate it a 4.5, because I thought there was plenty of room for more than 12 tracks! But, 5 Stars is truly an understatement to the artistry, itself.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    A CD You Will Love!!!!!

    You will love this cd. It's great, and Toni puts so much energy into her singing!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    EXTRA EXTRA TONI HAS DONE IT AGAIN!

    TONI HAS TAKEN ALL THE SKILLS AND FRIENDSHIP SHE HAS LEARNED OVER THE YEARS AND SAID HEAR EAT THIS. THIS CD IS WONDERFUL IT GETS LISTEN TO IN MY HOME EVERYDAY. EVEN MY CHILDREN DANCE TO THE COOL BEATS THAT ARE ON THIS CD. ALSO LOVE THE SONG WITH LEFT EYE FROM TLC ON IT. ALSO LOVING THE CUT WITH DR. DRE. WHAT CAN I SAY LIKE I SAID I LOVE THIS CD.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    the heat the CD!

    I love this CD because I like all the songs on here and especially ''Maybe''.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Mixed Bag is Pleasant, a Bit Uneven

    This is my first Toni Braxton album, though I've enjoyed her singles and videos. If you like R&B, this is a great album, especially ''He Wasn't Man Enough.'' If you love heart-breaking love songs, ''Spanish Guitar'' alone is worth the price of admission. Great work!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    The Best Toni's ever made!

    I think Toni really tried her best on this album because she was trying to come back into the hip r&b world.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    MS BRAXTON..HAS ARRIVED

    I WAS DOUBTFUL...BUT NOT ANYMORE, THE WHOLE ALBUM IS IT!!! MAINLY 'SPAINISH GUITAR' AND 'STILL BREATHING' 2 BEAUTIFUL SONGS FOR NIGHTS ALONE WITH THAT SPECIAL SOMEONE. TONI IS IT...THAT VOICE IS CLASSIC AND I'M GLAD SHE BACK FOR ANOTHER GO AROUND WITH LA AND 'FACE....WADDA TEAM!!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Toni is the best singer ever! The best diva!

    'The Heat' is the best CD I have ever purchased. Toni Braxton's haunting, yet loving deep voice comes from the bottom of her heart. Everyone should get this album. It is wonderful. Toni radiates on 'The Heat'.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Toni Braxton is good

    Toni Braxton is absolutely talented, she makes me like R&B, which I did not and could not imagine I would.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    She's still Breathing!!

    Toni couldn't have said it better! This long-awaited release is well overdue! It's great to see her back doing her thang!!!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    A new Toni

    This album is great as of all Toni's albums are, however this albums tops all the music that i have heard from Toni. The music is in tune with her words and they fit almost like she was singing from her own heart. Five stars isn't enough.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    It's Tha Bomb

    Toni, done a great job on this album and she deserve all the credit she csan get. You go girl. Everything she is talking about is real, and fellas you need to pay close attention.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    The Best of the Best !

    Toni has once again proved herself to rise to top and The Heat is da bomb. My favorite songs are THE ART OF LOVE, JUST BE A MAN ABOUT, and MAYBE. Toni keep up the great work and it is so good to have you back in the music world.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    THE HEAT

    MY SON HAS THE TAPE OF TONI BRAXTON AND HER CD IS THE BOMB. I REALLY LIKE THE WHOLE CD BUT HER CUT CALLED THE HEAT IS WORKING. EVEN THOUGH SHE WENT THROUGH SOME CHANGES IN HER LIFE LIKE WE ALL DO SHE HAS COME BACK AND CAME BACK VERY STRONG. GO TONI, KEEP THE MUSIC GOING.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Oh yes she's definitely done it again!

    I just love Toni Braxton's music. This CD is certainly no exception. I always believed that Toni is up there as being one of the ultimate divas. Toni has always maintained with today's music and her own unique style of charisma.

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