Toni Braxton (album)

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Toni Braxton
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ReleasedJuly 13, 1993 (1993-07-13)
RecordedMay 1992; November 1992–1993 [1]
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Length53:18
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Toni Braxton chronology
Toni Braxton
(1993)
Secrets
(1996)
Singles from Toni Braxton
  1. "Another Sad Love Song"
    Released: June 29, 1993
  2. "Breathe Again"
    Released: August 6, 1993
  3. "Seven Whole Days"
    Released: October 8, 1993
  4. "You Mean the World to Me"
    Released: April 22, 1994
  5. "I Belong to You"/"How Many Ways"
    Released: June 10, 1994

Toni Braxton is the debut studio album by American singer Toni Braxton, released on July 13, 1993, by LaFace Records and Arista Records. The album was primarily produced by L.A. Reid, Babyface, and Daryl Simmons.

Contents

Background

Braxton and her four sisters Traci, Towanda, Trina, and Tamar signed with Arista Records as The Braxtons in 1989. The following year, the group released their debut single, "Good Life". [2] Though the song was commercially unsuccessful, it attracted the attention of record executive Antonio "L.A." Reid and record producer Kenneth "Babyface" Edmonds, who were shopping around for talent for their new label LaFace Records. [1] Instead of signing the quintet, they opted to offer Braxton a contract as a solo artist. With only one year to finish at Bowie State University, where she was studying to become a music teacher, she relocated to Atlanta to pursue a singing career. [1]

Release

The first single, "Another Sad Love Song", peaked at numbers seven and two on the Billboard Hot 100 and Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs charts, respectively. The album's second single, "Breathe Again", reached the top five of both the Hot 100 and R&B charts and at number two on the UK Singles Chart. Other singles were released from Toni Braxton in 1994, including "You Mean the World to Me", "Seven Whole Days", and the double A-side "I Belong to You"/"How Many Ways".

In Japan, the album was released as Love Affair, also a song on the album. The Japanese edition contains the same track listing as the standard version; the only difference is the Obi strip and the bonus lyrics booklet written in Japanese.

Critical reception

Professional ratings
Review scores
SourceRating
AllMusic Star full.svgStar full.svgStar full.svgStar full.svgStar half.svg [3]
Chicago Tribune Star full.svgStar full.svgStar half.svgStar empty.svg [4]
Entertainment Weekly C [5]
Los Angeles Times Star full.svgStar full.svgStar full.svgStar empty.svg [6]
The Philadelphia Inquirer Star full.svgStar full.svgStar empty.svgStar empty.svg [7]
Q Star full.svgStar full.svgStar full.svgStar empty.svgStar empty.svg [8]
Rolling Stone Star full.svgStar full.svgStar empty.svgStar empty.svgStar empty.svg [9]
The Rolling Stone Album Guide Star full.svgStar full.svgStar full.svgStar empty.svgStar empty.svg [10]
The Tampa Tribune Star full.svgStar full.svgStar full.svgStar empty.svg [11]
USA Today Star full.svgStar full.svgStar full.svgStar half.svg [12]

Toni Braxton received mixed to positive reviews from music critics. Ron Wynn from AllMusic said that the album showcased Braxton as "an elegant and earthy songstress, nicely balancing those seemingly divergent sentiments [...] Braxton's husky, enticing voice sounds hypnotic, dismayed, and disillusioned [...] but she's never out of control, indignant, or so anguished and hurt that she fails to retain her dignity." [3] Los Angeles Times critic Connie Johnson wrote: "Sounding like an unlikely hybrid of Phyllis Hyman, Anita Baker and Tracy Chapman, Braxton's sultry, earthy delivery makes her a standout in today's R&B arena." [6] Similarly, People found that "when Braxton slides into her lower register she echoes Anita Baker, and when she skips around the higher notes there's also a hint of Whitney Houston. The influences are there, but Toni Braxton is most definitely her own woman. On this sophisticated, stylish and soulful album, she slates her case." [13]

Mitchell May, writing for the Chicago Tribune , noted that "Braxton wisely lets the mood of a tune dictate her approach, allowing her to supply an emotional depth that perhaps even the songwriters didn't know was there." He also found, however, that "the disc loses steam around midpoint." [4] In a mixed review, Rolling Stone journalist John McAlley felt that "Braxton has got chops and spunk... And, yes, there are a handful of songs in which she gets to do the do. But there's not a poet in the house among LaFace's family of writer-producers – no Smokey Robinson, no Linda Creed. And for all its polish, too much of the music on Toni Braxton mistakes melodrama for passion and set pieces for soul." [9] Marisa Fox of Entertainment Weekly found much of the album "generic" and concluded that Braxton "can sing, but there's nothing in her songs or delivery to set her apart from any number of wine-cooler R&B divas." [5] Village Voice critic Robert Christgau gave the album a "neither" rating in his Consumer Guide book. [14]

Accolades

The album earned Braxton several awards, including three Grammy Awards (for Best New Artist and two consecutive awards for Best Female R&B Vocal Performance in 1994 and 1995). She also won two American Music Awards (for Favorite Soul/R&B New Artist and Favorite New Adult Contemporary Artist) in 1994 and another one in 1995 (for Favorite Soul/R&B Album).

Commercial performance

Toni Braxton debuted at number 36 on the Billboard 200 and later spent two non-consecutive weeks atop the chart as well as three non-consecutive weeks atop the Top R&B/Hip-Hop Albums chart. It has sold 5,135,000 copies in the United States and 10 million copies worldwide. [15] [16]

Track listing

No.TitleWriter(s)Producer(s)Length
1."Another Sad Love Song"
5:01
2."Breathe Again"Babyface
  • Reid
  • Babyface
  • Simmons
4:29
3."Seven Whole Days"
  • Reid
  • Babyface
  • Simmons
6:22
4."Love Affair"
  • Tim Thomas
  • Ted Bishop
Tim & Ted4:28
5."Candlelight"
  • Gaylor D
  • John Barnes
  • Reid
  • Babyface
  • Simmons
4:36
6."Spending My Time with You" Bo & McArthurBo & McArthur4:08
7."Love Shoulda Brought You Home"
  • Reid
  • Babyface
  • Simmons
4:56
8."I Belong to You"
  • Vassal Benford (also music)
  • Ronald Spearman
Benford3:53
9."How Many Ways"
Herbert4:45
10."You Mean the World to Me"
  • Reid
  • Babyface
  • Simmons
  • Reid
  • Babyface
  • Simmons
4:53
11."Best Friend"
  • Braxton
  • Vance Taylor
4:28
12."Breathe Again" (Reprise)Babyface
  • Reid
  • Babyface
  • Simmons
1:19
Total length:53:18
European edition bonus track [17]
No.TitleWriter(s)Producer(s)Length
13."Give U My Heart" (Mad Ball Mix)
  • Watson
  • Babyface
  • Reid
  • Simmons
  • Reid
  • Babyface
  • Simmons
  • Herbert [c]
6:11
Total length:59:29
Spanish edition bonus track [18]
No.TitleWriter(s)Producer(s)Length
14."Breathe Again" (Spanish version)Babyface
4:30
Total length:63:59

Notes

Personnel

Credits adapted from the liner notes of Toni Braxton. [21]

Musicians

  • Toni Braxton – lead vocals (all tracks); background vocals (tracks 1–6, 8–12)
  • Kayo – bass (tracks 1, 5–7, 10)
  • Babyface – keyboards (tracks 1–3, 5, 7, 10, 12); background vocals (track 7)
  • L.A. Reid – drums (tracks 1–3, 5–7, 10, 12)
  • Debra Killings – background vocals (tracks 1, 7)
  • DeRock – percussion (tracks 2, 3, 10)
  • Vance Taylor – keyboards (tracks 3, 5, 10); acoustic piano (track 7)
  • Pamela Copeland – background vocals (tracks 3, 4)
  • Tammy Davis – background vocals (track 3)
  • Keisha Jackson – background vocals (track 3)
  • Tim & Ted – drums, keyboards (track 4)
  • Skip Pruitt – saxophone (track 4)
  • Tim Thomas – background vocals (track 4)
  • Tye-V – background vocals (track 4)
  • Bo Watson – keyboards (tracks 6, 7); synthesizer programming, vocal arrangement, rhythm arrangement (track 6)
  • McArthur – guitar (track 6)
  • Tomi M – guitar (track 6)
  • Trina Broussard – background vocals (track 7)
  • Valerie Davis – background vocals (track 8)
  • Rex Rideout – keyboards, programming (track 11)
  • Ernesto Phillips – guitar (track 11)
  • Orlando Phillips – bass guitar (track 11)

Technical

  • L.A. Reid – production (tracks 1–3, 5, 7, 10, 12); mixing (tracks 1–7, 12); executive production
  • Babyface – production (tracks 1–3, 5, 7, 10, 12); executive production
  • Daryl Simmons – production (tracks 1–3, 5, 7, 10, 12)
  • Jim "Z" Zumpano – engineering (tracks 1–7, 10, 12)
  • John Rogers – engineering (track 1)
  • Barney Perkins – mixing (tracks 1, 7); engineering (track 7)
  • Dave Way – mixing (tracks 2–5, 12)
  • John Frye – mixing assistance (tracks 2–6, 12); additional MIDI programming (tracks 2, 3, 10, 12); engineering assistance (track 6)
  • Tim & Ted – production (track 4)
  • Ron Horvath – engineering (track 4)
  • Phil Tan – engineering (track 4)
  • Thom Kidd – engineering (track 4)
  • Ted Bishop – engineering (track 4)
  • Brad Gilderman – engineering (track 5)
  • Randy Walker – technician (track 5)
  • Bo & McArthur – production (track 6)
  • Jason Schablik – engineering assistance (track 6)
  • Jon Gass – mixing (track 6)
  • Fil Brown – engineering (track 7)
  • Steve Schwartzberg – engineering (track 7)
  • Matt Westfield – engineering (track 7)
  • Sean Young – engineering (track 7)
  • Milton Chan – mixing assistance (track 7)
  • Vassal Benford – production (track 8)
  • Victor Flores – engineering, mixing (track 8)
  • Vincent Herbert – production, mixing (track 9)
  • Ben Garrison – engineering, mixing (track 9)
  • Ernesto Phillips – production, mixing (track 11)
  • Toni Braxton – co-production (track 11)
  • Bill Plummer – engineering (track 11)
  • Bob Rosa – mixing (track 11)
  • Dana Vlcek – mix engineering assistance (track 11)
  • Herb Powers Jr. – mastering
  • Constance Armstrong – album coordination
  • Davett Singletary – project coordination

Artwork

Charts

Certifications

Certifications for Toni Braxton
RegionCertification Certified units/sales
Australia (ARIA) [53] Gold35,000^
Canada (Music Canada) [54] 2× Platinum200,000^
Japan (RIAJ) [55] Gold100,000^
Netherlands (NVPI) [56] Gold50,000^
New Zealand (RMNZ) [57] Platinum15,000^
United Kingdom (BPI) [58] Gold100,000^
United States (RIAA) [59] 8× Platinum6,107,000 [lower-alpha 9]

^ Shipments figures based on certification alone.

Release history

Release dates and formats for Toni Braxton'
RegionDateLabelRef.
United StatesJuly 13, 1993 [61]
JapanSeptember 22, 1993 BMG [62]

See also

Notes

  1. Tracks 1–7 and 10
  2. Tracks 1, 2, 4, 6 and 7
  3. Track 4
  4. 1 2 Track 5
  5. Track 7
  6. Engineering on track 8
  7. Track 9
  8. Track 11
  9. As of April 2011, Toni Braxton had sold 5,135,000 copies in the United States according to Nielsen SoundScan, [16] which does not count albums sold through clubs like the BMG Music Club, where it sold 972,000 copies. [60] Combined, it has sold over 6,107,000 copies in the US.

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Love Shoulda Brought You Home 1992 single by Toni Braxton

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"Another Sad Love Song" is a song by American singer-songwriter Toni Braxton. Written and produced by Daryl Simmons and Babyface, featuring additional production from L.A. Reid, it was released as the lead single from Braxton's self-titled debut album on June 29, 1993 by LaFace Records and Arista Records. The song fused R&B, pop, and new jack swing music with flourishes of downtempo and hip hop music. Lyrically, "Another Sad Love Song" talks about Braxton complaining that every song played on the radio is a reminder of her ex-boyfriend.

Breathe Again 1993 single by Toni Braxton

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"Seven Whole Days" is a song performed by American singer Toni Braxton. It serves as the third single from her self-titled debut album (1993). Written and produced by Kenneth Edmonds, Antonio Reid and Daryl Simmons, the track describes a romance that was fading. As the single was not commercially released in the United States, it was ineligible to chart on the Billboard Hot 100, and only managed to chart on the Hot 100 Airplay at number forty-eight in early March 1994. Nevertheless, it successfully topped the Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Airplay in late January 1994.

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