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with it s nothing like the real thing s endearing melody and babyface s vocals, there is a sense of sincerity in the track that makes it sound fresh, even when compared to the work of babyface, another classic ballad singer. braxton, who has said that her goal is to be remembered as a singer first and foremost, is singing in a way that only she can, making her presence on the streets undeniable. it isnt hard to see why it s nothing like the real thing has become a staple of the braxton canon.
after then came you, babyface, daryl simmon, and babyface producer daryl simmons are the only collaborators that made the cut on toni braxton. the album, which came at the heels of braxtons split from her husband in 2005, is a mix of songs that sounded like potential singles and ballads. the former is the strong, and even stronger, baby girl and still on my mind. the latter, as the title suggests, are more r&b flavored, featuring the smooth and steady production of soul-master rick kwan.
born out of a broken home, and raised in the gospel-infused church, braxton veered away from the religious path as a teen. she also turned to the hustle. and though the album is full of music that are quite listenable, its most enjoyable songs are the romantic, almost romantic ballads, where braxton is the perfect dreamboat on songs like you never knew and honey.
at the time, i was fully caught up in the celebrity. the fans clapping and dancing and singing along was like nothing i had ever experienced before and i wasnt even sure what to do. then i realized that they were clapping and dancing because they loved me. and i was glad they loved me because i loved them. the live shows took me by surprise. i wasnt really prepared for how many people would be coming to the shows. it was an incredible feeling.
the slow, soulful cut the way i feel was written by the late kenny young, whose songs have been recorded by diddy, mary j. blige, and others. braxton and fatory tap into a poetic, heartwarming groove on the hopeful track its hard to love you. braxton’s vocals and lyrics fill in the soundscape with her signature warmth and vulnerability. the album closer is a spellbinding pop-soul lullaby for the ages, with fatory’s melodic keys dancing in and out to the smooth grooves. a soulful tribute to the one we love, this is more than a record. its a work of art. the haunting song i wanna be is a song written by braxton and malay when they were teenagers. they recorded it in the 90s and it became one of braxtons most beloved songs. the modern pop song was sung by a young jussie smollett, the man who would later be arrested for faking his own hate crime, when he released his debut single, star 69, in 2010. taking a page from the broadway play and television series tootsie, braxton, along with producer michael higgs, has supplied the music to ladies man, a one-woman show about the woman who believes she is a man named larry. performances by braxton, in character as larry, take place in manhattan, where she portrays his long-time, broadway-style lover, a role that is played by comedian-turned-actress elizabeth ashley in the play. the first performance, at the st. james theatre, featured braxton as larry and ashley as tootsie. the rest of the cast consisted of braxton singing, playing guitars, and performing as a pianist. the number one song on the album, it s nothing like the real thing, is a duet with babyface. the song appeared on his 1979 album innocent eyes, and babyface told vibe that he didnt think he would ever get a chance to perform the duet on braxtons album. though he wasnt able to convince braxton to record the song, he did share a small credit, which was a consolation prize. the song, written by diane warren, later was re-recorded by cher on her love hurts album and later by whitney houston for her i wanna dance with somebody movie soundtrack. 5ec8ef588b