Sunday, March 9, 2014

Toni Braxton & Babyface Love Marriage & Divorce Motown / Universal 2014

A lyrical look at life, love, and all the baggage that comes with it.
Brent Black / www.criticaljazz.com
 
Reunited and it feels so good...Braxton and Babyface have a musical history dating back to 1992. Over twenty years later they hook up again for a sleek, sophisticated and surprisingly intimate look at love, marriage and divorce. Some are calling it "real" soul music which is of course more of a back handed jab at some of the watered down soul hitting the market these days.
 
It's a good record, to call it great would be a matter of taste but there are just a few nits to pick. The tunes themselves in relation to the titles are utterly predictable. The production actually outshines the song quality which on occasion is slightly forgettable. The flow is amazing yet perhaps so good that one loses track of where one tune ends and another begins. Braxton and Babyface should be the dynamic duo of the summer and rave reviews will continue to roll in.
 
I love it but I am not "in love" with it...
 
4 Stars.
 
Tracks: Roller Coaster; Sweat; Hurt You; Where Did We Go Wrong?; I Hope That You're Okay; I Wish; Take It Back; Reunited; I'd Rather Be Broke; Heart Attack; The D Word.