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Ultimate Toni Braxton

Toni Braxton

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Album Review

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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Toni Braxton

What's wrong with all of you out there?? Arn't any of you in love?? This is the Ultimate in Love songs collection!! Toni Braxton,, you're fabulous!! You get my Ultimate vote!?

Biography

Born: 07 October 1967 in Severn, MD

Genre: R&B/Soul

Years Active: '80s, '90s, '00s, '10s

Toni Braxton was one of the most popular and commercially successful female R&B singers of the '90s, thanks to her ability to straddle seemingly opposite worlds. Braxton was soulful enough for R&B audiences, but smooth enough for adult contemporary; sophisticated enough for adults, but sultry enough for younger listeners; strong enough in the face of heartbreak to appeal to women, but ravishing enough to nab the fellas. Wielding such broad appeal, Braxton managed to score not one, but two...
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