Essential Mixes

Essential Mixes

by Toni BraxtonToni Braxton


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With Frankie Knuckles' vocal house remix of "Unbreak My Heart" almost as well known as the epic power ballad original, husky-voiced R&B diva Toni Braxton seems a more suitable candidate than most to receive the Essential Mixes treatment. There's nothing as majestic as the aforementioned (featured here in a less familiar eight-minute version with flashes of industrial techno on either side) on the 12 reworkings of 11 songs plucked from her back catalog, but there's plenty here that provides a new slant to the source material, without completely butchering it. The HQ2 Radio Edit of acoustic love song "Spanish Guitar" ramps up the flamenco guitar and adds some pounding drums to produce a Mardi Gras-style carnival number in keeping with its Latin vibe; "You're Makin' Me High" is transformed from a sensual slow jam into an uplifting slice of Italo house and booty-shaking reggae by the David Morales Classic Mix and Dancehall Mix, respectively; and Knuckles repeats his winning formula, with admittedly less anthemic results, on his epic ten-minute retooling of "I Don't Want To." The other seven remixes are less drastic, with the five tracks included from her 1993 self-titled debut pretty indistinguishable from the new versions, save for a slightly stronger new jack swing production, and a slightly more urban flavor on R. Kelly's remix of "How Many Ways," while arguably her two finest singles, "He Wasn't Man Enough for Me" and the Neptunes-produced "Hit the Freeway," are left firmly intact, with just an extended intro/outro justifying their inclusion here. Like most of the Essential Mixes collections, there's very little that comes close to the originals, but there's also very little here that will have fans up in arms, ensuring that this respectful batch of remixes is perhaps the best of the series so far.

Product Details

Release Date: 09/28/2010
Label: Sony Uk
UPC: 0886977678820
catalogNumber: 7767882
Rank: 30615

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Toni Braxton   Primary Artist

Technical Credits

Babyface   Composer,Producer
Frankie Knuckles   Remixing
David Foster   Producer
Keith Miller   Composer
Toni Braxton   Composer
David Morales   Remixing
R. Kelly   Composer,Producer,Remixing
Anthony Beard   Composer
Vassal Benford   Composer,Producer
Eddison Electrik   Remixing
Noel Goring   Composer
Vincent Herbert   Composer,Producer
L.A. Reid   Composer,Producer
Salaam Remi   Remixing
Soulshock   Remixing
Daryl Simmons   Composer,Producer
Ronald Spearman   Composer
Phil Tan   Remixing
Diane Warren   Composer
Karlin   Producer,Remixing
Rodney Jerkins   Composer,Producer
Bryce Wilson   Composer,Producer
Hex Hector   Remixing
Pharrell Williams   Composer
Harvey Mason   Composer
LaShawn Daniels   Composer
Neptunes   Producer
Fred "Uncle Freddie" Jerkins   Composer
Chauncey Hawkins   Composer
Phillip Field   Composer

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