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&at=11l9vR
  2. I Love Me Some Himhttps://itunes.apple.com/album/essential-toni-braxton/id585427997?uo=5&at=11l9vR
  3. Tell Mehttps://itunes.apple.com/album/essential-toni-braxton/id585427997?uo=5&at=11l9vR
  4. You're Makin' Me Highhttps://itunes.apple.com/album/essential-toni-braxton/id585427997?uo=5&at=11l9vR
  5. He Wasn't Man Enoughhttps://itunes.apple.com/album/essential-toni-braxton/id585427997?uo=5&at=11l9vR
  6. Just Be a Man About Ithttps://itunes.apple.com/album/essential-toni-braxton/id585427997?uo=5&at=11l9vR
  7. How Many Ways [Mix]https://itunes.apple.com/album/essential-toni-braxton/id585427997?uo=5&at=11l9vR
  8. Breathe Againhttps://itunes.apple.com/album/essential-toni-braxton/id585427997?uo=5&at=11l9vR
  9. You Mean the World to Mehttps://itunes.apple.com/album/essential-toni-braxton/id585427997?uo=5&at=11l9vR
  10. I Belong to Youhttps://itunes.apple.com/album/essential-toni-braxton/id585427997?uo=5&at=11l9vR
  11. How Could an Angel Break My Hearthttps://itunes.apple.com/album/essential-toni-braxton/id585427997?uo=5&at=11l9vR
  12. Un-Break My Hearthttps://itunes.apple.com/album/essential-toni-braxton/id585427997?uo=5&at=11l9vR
  13. Another Sad Love Songhttps://itunes.apple.com/album/essential-toni-braxton/id585427997?uo=5&at=11l9vR
  14. Seven Whole Dayshttps://itunes.apple.com/album/essential-toni-braxton/id585427997?uo=5&at=11l9vR
  15. I Don't Want Tohttps://itunes.apple.com/album/essential-toni-braxton/id585427997?uo=5&at=11l9vR
  16. Give U My Hearthttps://itunes.apple.com/album/essential-toni-braxton/id585427997?uo=5&at=11l9vR
  17. The Heathttps://itunes.apple.com/album/essential-toni-braxton/id585427997?uo=5&at=11l9vR
  18. Gimme Somehttps://itunes.apple.com/album/essential-toni-braxton/id585427997?uo=5&at=11l9vR
  19. There's No Me Without Youhttps://itunes.apple.com/album/essential-toni-braxton/id585427997?uo=5&at=11l9vR
  20. Why Should I Carehttps://itunes.apple.com/album/essential-toni-braxton/id585427997?uo=5&at=11l9vR
  21. Spanish Guitar [Mix]https://itunes.apple.com/album/essential-toni-braxton/id585427997?uo=5&at=11l9vR
  22. I'm Still Breathinghttps://itunes.apple.com/album/essential-toni-braxton/id585427997?uo=5&at=11l9vR
  23. Me & My Boyfriendhttps://itunes.apple.com/album/essential-toni-braxton/id585427997?uo=5&at=11l9vR
  24. Give It Backhttps://itunes.apple.com/album/essential-toni-braxton/id585427997?uo=5&at=11l9vR
  25. The Time of Our Liveshttps://itunes.apple.com/album/essential-toni-braxton/id585427997?uo=5&at=11l9vR
  26. He Wasn't Man Enough [Mix]https://itunes.apple.com/album/essential-toni-braxton/id585427997?uo=5&at=11l9vR
  27. Un-Break My Heart [Mix]https://itunes.apple.com/album/essential-toni-braxton/id585427997?uo=5&at=11l9vR
  28. Hit the Freewayhttps://itunes.apple.com/album/essential-toni-braxton/id585427997?uo=5&at=11l9vR
  29. Come on Over Herehttps://itunes.apple.com/album/essential-toni-braxton/id585427997?uo=5&at=11l9vR
  30. Let It Flowhttps://itunes.apple.com/album/essential-toni-braxton/id585427997?uo=5&at=11l9vR
  31. The Little Thingshttps://itunes.apple.com/album/essential-toni-braxton/id585427997?uo=5&at=11l9vR
  32. Good Life [A Cappella Single Mix]https://itunes.apple.com/album/essential-toni-braxton/id585427997?uo=5&at=11l9vR
  33. Breathe Again [*][Version]https://itunes.apple.com/album/essential-toni-braxton/id585427997?uo=5&at=11l9vR
  34. I Belong to You [*][Version]https://itunes.apple.com/album/essential-toni-braxton/id585427997?uo=5&at=11l9vR
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