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Ultimate Toni Braxton

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Toni Braxton 11/4/2003

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. ~ Stephen Thomas Erlewine
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  1. # Track Artist Length
  2. 1 Give U My Heart Toni Braxton 3:59
  3. 2 Love Shoulda Brought You Home Toni Braxton 4:50
  4. 3 Another Sad Love Song Toni Braxton 3:49
  5. 4 Breathe Again Toni Braxton 4:14
  6. 5 Seven Whole Days Toni Braxton 4:39
  7. 6 You Mean the World to Me Toni Braxton 3:59
  8. 7 How Many Ways Toni Braxton 4:24
  9. 8 You're Makin' Me High Toni Braxton 4:6
  10. 9 Let It Flow Toni Braxton 4:8
  11. 10 Un-Break My Heart Toni Braxton 4:28
  12. 11 I Love Me Some Him Toni Braxton 4:35
  13. 12 I Don't Want To Toni Braxton 4:14
  14. 13 He Wasn't Man Enough Toni Braxton 4:0
  15. 14 Just Be a Man About It Toni Braxton 4:15
  16. 15 Hit the Freeway Toni Braxton 3:48
  17. 16 Whatchu Need [Previously Unreleased] Toni Braxton 3:38
  18. 17 The Little Things [Previously Unreleased] Toni Braxton 4:30
  19. 18 Un-Break My Heart [Soul-Hex Anthem Radio Edit] Toni Braxton 3:30

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