RELEASE
February 20, 2007
LABEL
La Face/Legacy

Album Review

The Essential Toni Braxton amounts to an expanded update of 2003's Ultimate Toni Braxton, nearly doubling the content and digging deeper into the discography of one of the biggest R&B artists of the '90s. With the exception of favoring the R. Kelly remix of "How Many Ways" over the original, this set retains Ultimate's core 15 tracks while wisely choosing to use the studio version of "Seven Whole Days" instead of a live take. Almost every song that touched a U.S. chart is included, such as the Top Ten R&B hits "Love Shoulda Brought You Home," "Another Sad Love Song," "You're Makin' Me High," "Un-Break My Heart," "Breathe Again," and "He Wasn't Man Enough." And while she has often been pigeonholed as an adult contemporary staple, the second disc adds the remixes of "He Wasn't Man Enough" and "Un-Break My Heart" (from Junior Vasquez and Frankie Knuckles, respectively) that solidified her club presence. (Un-Break My Heart: The Remix Collection compiles and mixes these and eight other club mixes.) Another pleasant surprise, tucked at the very end, is the inclusion of "Good Life," a 1990 single released by Toni and her four sisters as the Braxtons. If you want only the big hits, Ultimate will still do fine, but this set offers a more rounded and representative look back.
Andy Kellman, Rovi

Track Listing

  1. Love Shoulda Brought You Homehttps://itunes.apple.com/album/essential-toni-braxton/id585427997?uo=5
  2. I Love Me Some Himhttps://itunes.apple.com/album/essential-toni-braxton/id585427997?uo=5
  3. Tell Mehttps://itunes.apple.com/album/essential-toni-braxton/id585427997?uo=5
  4. You're Makin' Me Highhttps://itunes.apple.com/album/essential-toni-braxton/id585427997?uo=5
  5. He Wasn't Man Enoughhttps://itunes.apple.com/album/essential-toni-braxton/id585427997?uo=5
  6. Just Be a Man About Ithttps://itunes.apple.com/album/essential-toni-braxton/id585427997?uo=5
  7. How Many Ways [Mix]https://itunes.apple.com/album/essential-toni-braxton/id585427997?uo=5
  8. Breathe Againhttps://itunes.apple.com/album/essential-toni-braxton/id585427997?uo=5
  9. You Mean the World to Mehttps://itunes.apple.com/album/essential-toni-braxton/id585427997?uo=5
  10. I Belong to Youhttps://itunes.apple.com/album/essential-toni-braxton/id585427997?uo=5
  11. How Could an Angel Break My Hearthttps://itunes.apple.com/album/essential-toni-braxton/id585427997?uo=5
  12. Un-Break My Hearthttps://itunes.apple.com/album/essential-toni-braxton/id585427997?uo=5
  13. Another Sad Love Songhttps://itunes.apple.com/album/essential-toni-braxton/id585427997?uo=5
  14. Seven Whole Dayshttps://itunes.apple.com/album/essential-toni-braxton/id585427997?uo=5
  15. I Don't Want Tohttps://itunes.apple.com/album/essential-toni-braxton/id585427997?uo=5
  16. Give U My Hearthttps://itunes.apple.com/album/essential-toni-braxton/id585427997?uo=5
  17. The Heathttps://itunes.apple.com/album/essential-toni-braxton/id585427997?uo=5
  18. Gimme Somehttps://itunes.apple.com/album/essential-toni-braxton/id585427997?uo=5
  19. There's No Me Without Youhttps://itunes.apple.com/album/essential-toni-braxton/id585427997?uo=5
  20. Why Should I Carehttps://itunes.apple.com/album/essential-toni-braxton/id585427997?uo=5
  21. Spanish Guitar [Mix]https://itunes.apple.com/album/essential-toni-braxton/id585427997?uo=5
  22. I'm Still Breathinghttps://itunes.apple.com/album/essential-toni-braxton/id585427997?uo=5
  23. Me & My Boyfriendhttps://itunes.apple.com/album/essential-toni-braxton/id585427997?uo=5
  24. Give It Backhttps://itunes.apple.com/album/essential-toni-braxton/id585427997?uo=5
  25. The Time of Our Liveshttps://itunes.apple.com/album/essential-toni-braxton/id585427997?uo=5
  26. He Wasn't Man Enough [Mix]https://itunes.apple.com/album/essential-toni-braxton/id585427997?uo=5
  27. Un-Break My Heart [Mix]https://itunes.apple.com/album/essential-toni-braxton/id585427997?uo=5
  28. Hit the Freewayhttps://itunes.apple.com/album/essential-toni-braxton/id585427997?uo=5
  29. Come on Over Herehttps://itunes.apple.com/album/essential-toni-braxton/id585427997?uo=5
  30. Let It Flowhttps://itunes.apple.com/album/essential-toni-braxton/id585427997?uo=5
  31. The Little Thingshttps://itunes.apple.com/album/essential-toni-braxton/id585427997?uo=5
  32. Good Life [A Cappella Single Mix]https://itunes.apple.com/album/essential-toni-braxton/id585427997?uo=5
  33. Breathe Again [*][Version]https://itunes.apple.com/album/essential-toni-braxton/id585427997?uo=5
  34. I Belong to You [*][Version]https://itunes.apple.com/album/essential-toni-braxton/id585427997?uo=5
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