Ultimate Toni Braxton

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All Music Guide - Stephen Thomas Erlewine
Most modern-day female pop singers start their careers doing their sexy, stylish dance-oriented material then settle into a career as an adult contemporary crooner. Toni Braxton didn't follow that route. She started the '90s singing elegant, refined quiet storm ballads and ended it singing sleek dance-pop tunes as she slinked around in skimpy outfits. She wasn't the only one of her peers to follow this trajectory -- Mariah Carey pretty much did the same thing, only to the extreme -- but it's a little odd to listen to Braxton evolve from the sophisticated urban contemporary crooner to oversexed R&B thrush, even if it's not a bad thing at all. One thing that ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Stephen Thomas Erlewine
Most modern-day female pop singers start their careers doing their sexy, stylish dance-oriented material then settle into a career as an adult contemporary crooner. Toni Braxton didn't follow that route. She started the '90s singing elegant, refined quiet storm ballads and ended it singing sleek dance-pop tunes as she slinked around in skimpy outfits. She wasn't the only one of her peers to follow this trajectory -- Mariah Carey pretty much did the same thing, only to the extreme -- but it's a little odd to listen to Braxton evolve from the sophisticated urban contemporary crooner to oversexed R&B thrush, even if it's not a bad thing at all. One thing that elevated Braxton above her peers is that she was a controlled, powerful singer who rarely oversang, and she had a good selection of material, much of it written or co-written by Babyface. That's why her 18-track hits collection Ultimate Toni Braxton works well even through her shifts in style -- she is a confident enough performer to sell both the slow romantic ballads and material that swings harder. That's not to say that there aren't some slow spots here -- the previously unreleased cuts are no great shakes, and sometimes the abundance of slow numbers makes things sound too samey -- but she was one of the top urban soul singers of the '90s, and this is the album that illustrates why.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 11/4/2003
  • Label: Arista
  • UPC: 828765169929
  • Catalog Number: 51699
  • Sales rank: 8,468

Album Credits

Performance Credits
Toni Braxton Primary Artist
Babyface Guest Appearance
Ernie Lake Group Member
Soul Solution Group
Bobby Guy Group Member
Loon Guest Appearance
Technical Credits
Babyface Composer, Producer
David Foster Arranger, Producer
Keith Miller Composer
Toni Braxton Composer, Producer
R. Kelly Arranger, Composer, Producer
Ted Bishop Composer, Producer
Jon Gass Live Mixing
Noel Goring Composer
Vincent Herbert Composer, Producer
Andrea Martin Composer
Herb Powers Mastering
L.A. Reid Composer, Producer, Live Mixing
Soulshock Arranger, Producer
Daryl Simmons Composer, Producer
Gloria Stewart Composer
Diane Warren Composer
Bo Watson Composer, Live Mixing
Jim "Z" Zumpano Engineer
Karlin Arranger, Producer
Rodney Jerkins Composer, Producer
Soul Solution Producer, Remixing
Bryce Wilson Composer, Producer
Philip Field Composer
Pharrell Williams Composer
Fred Jenkins III Composer
Harvey Mason Jr. Composer
LaShawn Daniels Composer
The Neptunes Producer
Johnta Austin Composer
Fred "Uncle Freddie" Jerkins III Composer
Bryan-Michael Cox Composer, Producer
Richard Thomas Jennings Art Direction
Kenisha Pratt Composer
Chauncey Hawkins Composer
Soulshock & Karlin Composer
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