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Toni Braxton's second album, Secrets, follows through on the promise of her eponymous debut. Like her first album, the majority of Secrets was co-produced by Babyface and his partner L.A. Reid, while the material is divided between songs written by outside songwriters like R. Kelly, Tony Rich, and Diane Warren and originals by Braxton and Babyface. Braxton and Babyface's collaborations are the highlights of the album, combining rich melodies and gorgeous choruses with subtle, clever lyrics that are never laced with clichés. Nearly equalling the original numbers are contributions by Tony Rich ("Come On Over Here") and R. Kelly ("I Don't Want To"); with these tracks, both musicians demonstrate why they are considered two of the top songwriters in '90s R&B and soul. Secrets does have a couple of weak moments. The numbers produced by David Foster are too predictable in their slick commercial appeal, but Braxton manages to infuse the songs with life and passion that elevates them beyond their generic confines. And her vocal talent is what unites Secrets and makes it into a first-rate contemporary R&B collection. Braxton is a singer who can cross over into the smooth confines of adult contemporary radio without losing or betraying the soul that lies at the foundation of her music, and her talent burns at its brightest on Secrets.

Product Details

Release Date: 06/18/1996
Label: Sbme Special Mkts.
UPC: 0886919867220
catalogNumber: 198672
Rank: 17690

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Toni Braxton   Primary Artist,Vocals,Background Vocals
Babyface   Synthesizer,Acoustic Guitar,Electric Guitar,Keyboards,Background Vocals
Kenny G   Saxophone
Marc Nelson   Background Vocals
Michael Thompson   Guitar,Electric Guitar
Shanice Wilson   Background Vocals
Chanté Moore   Background Vocals
R. Kelly   Background Vocals
Luis Conte   Percussion
Keith Crouch   Hammond B3
Nathan East   Bass
Sherree Ford-Payne   Background Vocals
Reggie Griffin   Guitar
Reggie Hamilton   Bass
Andrea Martin   Background Vocals
Dean Parks   Acoustic Guitar
Greg Phillinganes   Piano,fender rhodes
Jakkai Butler   Background Vocals

Technical Credits

Babyface   Composer,Lyricist,Producer,drum programming,Executive Producer
Jeremy Lubbock   String Arrangements,String Conductor
Marc Nelson   Composer,Lyricist
David Foster   Arranger,Producer
Toni Braxton   Composer,Lyricist,Executive Producer,Vocal Arrangements
R. Kelly   Arranger,Composer,Lyricist,Producer,Instrumentation
Leslie Brathwaite   Engineer
Keith Crouch   Arranger,Composer,Producer,Engineer,Vocal Arrangements,Instrumentation
Russell Elevado   Engineer
Felipe Elgueta   Engineer
Simon Franglen   Synclavier Programming
Brad Gilderman   Engineer
Eugene Lo   Engineer
Manny Marroquin   Engineer
Andrea Martin   Composer,Lyricist
Peter Mokran   Engineer
L.A. Reid   Producer,Vocal Arrangements
Tony Rich   Arranger,Composer,Lyricist,Producer
Soulshock   Arranger,Composer,Lyricist,Producer
Gloria Stewart   Composer,Lyricist
Tim Thomas   Vocal Arrangements
Diane Warren   Composer,Lyricist
Jon B.   Composer,Lyricist
Karlin   Arranger,Composer,Lyricist,Producer
Bryce Wilson   Composer,Lyricist,Producer,drum programming
Davett Singletary   Art Direction
Randy Walker   Engineer,MIDI Programming
Darrell Spencer   Composer,Lyricist
Antonio Reid   Executive Producer
Neal H. Pogue   Engineer

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