Heat

The Heat

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by Toni Braxton
     
 

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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

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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" -- 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.

Editorial Reviews

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.

Product Details

Release Date:
04/25/2000
Label:
Arista
UPC:
0730082606929
catalogNumber:
26069

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The Heat 4.8 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 29 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I truly feel Toni Braxton is true talent. She gets better each time. I am really feelin her new hit single
Guest More than 1 year ago
What a terrific song!!! I can't wait to hear the entire album!! I bet it's great as well. This release is better than any other. At least what I've heard is better.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Toni seems to get better as time goes by. This album is a shining example of her true talent and original sound. She has solidified her spot as one of the very best singers of R@B/Soul.
Guest More than 1 year ago
By the time i heard the first i knew immediately that Toni Braxton was back in full effect. Everyone of those fake divas can go and sit there butts down because Toni is back and is here to stay.
Guest More than 1 year ago
The Heat is a great album, a fabulous followup to her last album Secrets. This time around Toni gets help from Dr. Dre and Left-eye. She sounds as smooth and sexy as ever. This is a must buy for R&B fans.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Welcome back, Toni!!!! This cd seems to be a smash.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This album has definitely been worth the wait. From the First track, 'He wasn't Man Enough', to the sultry 'Spanish Guitar' this album delivers. Ms. Braxton proves herself as a diva unlike many others that dares to push her limits while constantly delivering a quality product. All I can say is Toni its great that you are back burning up the airwaves. I just can't wait for the tour .....This album is sure to be hot this summer so be sure to enjoy the treat ....
Guest More than 1 year ago
Toni Braxton's third allbum The Heat, is incredible. Toni delivers powerful vocals and showcases her ability to sing ballads as well as up-tempo songs without missing a note. This album is terrific! Toni has once again proven that she reigns as the undispusted Queen of R&B.
Guest More than 1 year ago
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.
Guest More than 1 year ago
toni braxton to me is one of my favorite singers along with Mariah carey because she's real natural and has a powerful voice she's not fake like most singers i see when there video is playing i see some what of a fake kind of sinario tacky.but toni's real.
Guest More than 1 year ago
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.
Guest More than 1 year ago
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.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Toni couldn't have said it better! This long-awaited release is well overdue! It's great to see her back doing her thang!!!
Guest More than 1 year ago
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.
Guest More than 1 year ago
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.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Toni Braxton is absolutely talented, she makes me like R&B, which I did not and could not imagine I would.
Guest More than 1 year ago
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!!
Guest More than 1 year ago
'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'.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I think Toni really tried her best on this album because she was trying to come back into the hip r&b world.
Guest More than 1 year ago
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!
Guest More than 1 year ago
I love this CD because I like all the songs on here and especially ''Maybe''.
Guest More than 1 year ago
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.
Guest More than 1 year ago
You will love this cd. It's great, and Toni puts so much energy into her singing!
Guest More than 1 year ago
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.
Guest More than 1 year ago
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!!!!