18.03.2014 12:10

Review of Toni Braxton & Babyface – Love, Marriage & Divorce

Toni Braxton and Babyface released an album! This news came as a pleasant shock to all fans of artists and connoisseurs R & B music. We recall that a year ago, the singer’s hit “Unbreak My Heart” publicly announced his retirement from the music industry. Then Braxton commented on their actions: “Over 20 years I have produced a song, I think I just got tired of it all. I intend to concentrate on his acting career. ” We will not hide the obvious, we are pleased to return Tony and immensely happy that the words dark-skinned diva ultimately proved untrue. Was it a momentary impulse, which the singer could not cope or competent PR-campaign in anticipation of the new material – we’ll never know. Suggest you drop the extra arguments and get to know the long-awaited record, whose fate has long remained in doubt.


In the first half of 2012, Toni Braxton is making desperate attempts to return to the first place in the music charts. However, even the release of the song “I Heart You”, hateful ballads, artfully made-up by the club hit, helped the actress to return and share former popularity.

And even Tamar Braxton, the younger sister of Tony, who worked for a long time as her backing vocalist, has become much more popular than the one in whose shadow there all his life.

In this situation, Tony just had to enlist the help of a true professional, Kojima became Kenneth Edmonds, better known by his stage name Babyface. As you probably know, it is the author Babyface immortal hits for artists such as Whitney Houston, Michael Jackson, Meraya Carey and many others. Moreover, Kenneth and he is a terrific R & B performer, whose wheels, at the time, flew many millions of copies and led by the most authoritative charts worldwide.

However, with the emergence of new names in the music business, both performers pougasla glory. Thus, to combine their efforts in the fight for the listener turned to Tony and Kenneth optimal solution.

On cooperation between the two titans of 90th was first known in the summer 2013. That’s when the Internet came official confirmation of information from the artists themselves. A few months later we were able to hear the first result of their joint efforts – a song called “Hurt You”.

Oddly enough, but the audience’s reaction to this song was surprisingly cool. Perhaps this was the reason for postponement of the release of the disc “Love, Marriage & Divorce”. Newly formed duo actively promoted their work to the masses, speaking on various TV shows and willingly giving interviews.

Longpleya final release date was February 4. That same day the album and appeared on the network! “Love, Marriage & Divorce” includes 11 songs in a standard edition and 13 tracks in the deluxe version of the album. Comparing our own opinion with reviews first listeners, we have selected the best, in our opinion trends.

“Roller Coaster”

Classic R & B ballad inspired by the sound of the ’90s is the essence of creativity both performers. It is for this music came to light artists Toni Braxton and Babyface.



Easy and relaxed composition is very different from all the other songs on the album its playful text that does not spoil the overall impression.

“I Wish”

Tony solo composition. Excellent would fit in one of her first album. Net, velvet voice and a minimum of instrumental accompaniment. That’s what was missing audience brought up on the music of the past decades.

“Heart Attack”

Kenneth solo composition. Playful and sexy, she miraculously fits into the concept album, despite its dance sound. One of the best songs of the album.

“The D Word”

Very touching and sentimental song about a couple going through the final rupture of relations. So you want to put a mark «Caution! Not recommended for people who have recently experienced the parting! “


Verdict: Tony and Kenneth are close friends for more than 20 years. The result of their fruitful creative union is in the arsenal of many hit Braxton and the title of “one of the best songwriter of all time” in the bank in Edmonds. You can say that the album “Love, Marriage & Divorce” was the culmination of cooperation between the two geniuses. As you may have noticed in recent years in the music industry reigns unspoken rule: if you decide to record a duet – write it with someone totally not like you (we all remember the success, but for many shocking cooperation cult rockers Coldplay and pop diva Rihanna). Obviously, in our case, this magic formula for success has no factual basis. Braxton and Babyface – two halves of a whole. It is difficult to imagine a more harmonious union. The result of this spiritual idyll became 11 beautiful tracks. We assume that the new generation of music fans can call these boring songs (in a network already walk flat jokes about the fact that the first album was called “Romantic collection 1999”). But for those who grew up on the peak of popularity of artists such as Boyz II Men, Mary J. Blige and TLC – this disc will be a real treat!