Ultimate Toni Braxton

Ultimate Toni Braxton

by Toni BraxtonToni Braxton


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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.

Product Details

Release Date: 11/04/2003
Label: Arista
UPC: 0828765169929
catalogNumber: 51699
Rank: 19471


  1. Give U My Heart
  2. Love Shoulda Brought You Home
  3. Another Sad Love Song
  4. Breathe Again
  5. Seven Whole Days
  6. You Mean the World to Me
  7. How Many Ways
  8. You're Makin' Me High
  9. Let It Flow
  10. Un-Break My Heart
  11. I Love Me Some Him
  12. I Don't Want to
  13. He Wasn't Man Enough
  14. Just Be a Man About It
  15. Hit the Freeway
  16. Whatchu Need
  17. The Little Things
  18. Un-Break My Heart

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
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
Harvey Mason   Composer
LaShawn Daniels   Composer
Neptunes   Producer
Johnta Austin   Composer
Fred "Uncle Freddie" Jerkins   Composer
Bryan-Michael Cox   Composer,Producer
Richard Thomas Jennings   Art Direction
Kenisha Pratt   Composer
Chauncey Hawkins   Composer
Soulshock & Karlin   Composer

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