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The Heat - Toni Braxton

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Genre: R&B & Soul - Soul / Artist: Toni Braxton / Audio CD released 2000-04-24 at Arista

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      25.05.2010 15:02
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      Great album

      **Introduction**

      I had bought this a few months ago with an amazon voucher which was kindly sent to me by Dooyoo. I had been a fan of Toni Braxton for a while but had only her greatest hits album in my vast cd collection. With the release of her new album Pulse which hit the stores recently I decided to review one of her most well known albums from a career that includes such classics as "Unbreak My Heart", "How Could an Angel Break My Heart" and "You're Makin' Me High". Toni Braxton is widely regarded as having one of the best female voices around.

      **The Heat**

      Released in April of 2000 and features a collaboration with Lisa "Left Eye" Lopes and production from the likes of Babyface, Daryl Simmons, Rodney Jerkins, Bryan-Michael Cox, David Foster. This lineup contains a few of the biggest producers in the R&B genre with countless hits behind their backs. There were four singles from the album. They were the following "He Wasn't Man Enough", "Just Be a Man About It", "Spanish Guitar" and finally "Maybe".

      1 He Wasn't Man Enough
      2 Heat
      3 Spanish Guitar
      4 Just Be A Man About It
      5 Gimme Some
      6 I'm Still Breathing
      7 Fairly Tale
      8 Art Of Love
      9 Speaking in Tongues
      10 Maybe
      11 You've Been Wrong
      12 Never Just For A Ring

      **My View**

      1.) "He Wasn't Man Enough For Me"

      This was a big single for Toni, It opens with a catchy hook and then the beat comes in, It features a nice flowing female vocal backing on this song about A relationship where a man is not doing what they should to keep you and then you tell his next partner that he's no good. I think the backing vocals really add a nice touch. This is a decent start to the album and a nice catchy track.

      2.) Heat

      This is a catchy mid tempo track which has some funky hooks and a decent beat. This really shows off the excellent way she works through the lyrics with her vocals. This is another decent track to start off with but lacks that spark to take it to the next level. I was looking for a little more progression maybe during this one as she hints at it and then the song lacks a little continuation.

      3.) Spanish Guitar

      This is one of my favourites from the album, It opens with a really lovely Spanish Guitar part and then the taut beat comes in. This is the first ballad on the album and is a special ballad at that. This track was written by the incredibly prolific songwriter Dianne Warren. This track is a fine choice for the bedroom as it's about a romantic night making love. This is a fine ballad for you and your partner to get in the mood.

      4.) Just Be A Man About It

      This is another lovely ballad, It starts with a phone call to Toni from her man who says he can't make it back tonight. The song then develops into Toni realising that he has been cheating on her. This track really showcases the superb emotive delivery of her voice. This was the second single from the album and in my opinion is one of the best tracks on the album. Great stuff.

      5.) Gimme Some

      The mood changes here with a funky up tempo track which features a rap from Lisa Left Eye Lopes. Her rapid fire delivery works well on top of the flowing beat. This track is about wanting some more love and attention from your partner if you catch my drift. This is a decent up tempo track but lacks a little spark.

      6.) I'm Still Breathing

      This is another beautiful Dianne Warren penned ballad, This track tells the story of moving on after a horrible breakup. This track has a great message about how time can heal your feelings. This shows what a great songwriter Dianne Warren is and also how great a singer Toni Braxton is. This is another superb ballad which deserves to be better known than it is. Wonderful stuff.

      7.) Fairly Tale

      This is a gentle Babyface track which opens with an acoustic guitar, Toni's laid back vocals come in over the gentle beat. This track is about longing for a Fairy Tale relationship after a serious of bad relationships. Although this is a very good track I still feel as though it's lacking a bit too much, A good track but could have been better.

      8.) Art of Love

      This track was co written by Braxton and Her Husband Keri Lewis from Mint Condition. This is the second such collaboration on the album after the title track "The Heat". There's not much in the way of vocals here but this is a very sensual track which has a nice flow and some nice hooks. This is a decent collaboration though.

      9.) Speaking in Tongues

      This is the only track on the album which was soley written by Toni Braxton. It's another gentle ballad, This is about the body language between a couple in love that means they don't need to speak to communicate. This is a nice romantic ballad which is one of the best tracks on the album and a great track to unwind to. Good stuff.

      10.) Maybe

      This was the fourth and final single from the album and it's a track penned with the help of Keith Crouch, Samuel Gause, Mechalie Jamison and John Smith. This is a nice mid tempo ballad with some nice beats and hooks which really add a nice touch. Another very sensual track which has some great keyboard string effects.

      11.) You've been wrong

      This is a collaboration with Teddy Bishop, Kevin Hicks and the Casey brothers from Jagged Edge, Brandon and Brian. Toni is on fine form vocally here and is backed up well by her female backing vocalists who include her sister Trina Braxton. This track contains a fine sample of The Stylistics' "Stop, Look, Listen (To Your Heart)" written by Thom Bell & Linda Creed.

      12.) Never Just For A Ring

      This is the final track on the album and is led by the fantastic percussive beats from the drum machine. This track was co written by Toni with the help of Daryl Simmons and Pure Soul and is a very good ballad to end on. This is another very good track which moves along well and develops to a fantastic vocal towards the end.

      **Overall**

      Toni Braxton is one of my favourite female singers, she has an amazing voice that has power, grace and poise in equal amounts and her music is very good as well. There are some fine ballads here but my only slight gripe about this album is the mid to up tempo tracks lack a little spark to take them to the next level. Therefore I have given this album four stars as even though I feel four and a half is more apt I don't feel it's good enough for five stars and of course we can't award four and a half here on dooyoo.

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        17.11.2000 07:23

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        This album is classic Toni Braxton. After her long vacation, she comes back with sounds that keep you wishing for someone to love, or know why you don't. The songs are a little slow, but if you love Toni, it won't be a problem to love 'The Heat.' After being gone for so long, this album is not a disappointment for all her fans. Amongst the songs to like is, Fairy Tale. I recommend this for anyone who loves a little soul with their music.

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        16.11.2000 07:20
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        This album has everything, from really good, to really dire!!!..... the best song on this song is undoubtablly 'he wasnt man enough'... which is the first song on the album... the songs then gradually get worse. 'The heat' takes a little getting used to, but its a good tune, very mellow. i expected the song with lisa lopes to be one of the highlights of the album, as i did of the one with dr.dre, but i was sadly let down. there are some 'pretty' ballads on the album, 'spanish guitar' is very reminicent of 'unbreak my heart', though it is diffiernet enough to hold its own. Generally, the songs are very mellow, and mid-tempo, they're nice enough, but i would say only as background music. Also, there are a LOT of album fillers, for instance, there is a whole song where toni is just making 'noises' over some background music, which isnt the kind of thing i wanna listen to!!!! Overall, i would say, borrow this album, but dont buy it, and dont expect much of it....

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        21.08.2000 21:17
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        I really like Toni Braxton's song "He wasn't man enough" but I was disappointed when I bought the album, as practically all the songs are slow. I thought they sounded whispery and mellow. I found they all just mixed into one, but when I listened to the songs individually I realised they were really good. What is though was whispery and mellow I now think are deep and sexy. Toni Braxton has a wicked voice and these songs show that. Dr Dre and Lisa Lopes are among others featured on the CD and I think "Gimme Some" will be a big hit! If you don't already have this CD go and buy it now!

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        11.07.2000 23:32

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        Toni Braxton's CD lives up to its title. 'The Heat' is one of Toni Braxton's best. Listening to this CD puts you in the frame of mind of hot, humid and smoldering summer nights hanging out and cruising around with your boo. The fact that most of the tracks are mellow does not affect ones listenting enjoyment. The "Art of Love" and "Talking in Tongues," with their whispery and breathy vocals, are the sexiest tracks on the CD. But its the thumping "Gimme Some" and the bumping "He Wasn't Man Enough" that will become the new anthem for the ladies. With its excellent production and writing skills, with the likes of Rodney Jerkins and Keri Lewis, Toni's finance, this is the hottest and sexiest CD of the year. Just in time for sumnmer, Toni Braxton brings on the 'Heat' and the sizzle!

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      Disc #1 Tracklisting
      1 He Wasn't Man Enough
      2 Heat
      3 Spanish Guitar
      4 Just Be A Man About It
      5 Gimme Some
      6 I'm Still Breathing
      7 Fairly Tale
      8 Art Of Love
      9 Speaking In Tongues
      10 Maybe
      11 You've Been Wrong
      12 Never Just For A Ring