Album Review • As I’m writing this with the album playing in the background, it takes me back to my childhood when my mom would play it around the house. I always give credit to Toni Braxton as the first album that introduced me to R&B, and what an introduction!
Kenneth “Babyface” Edmond, L.A. Reid, and Darryl Simmons put their signature sound on Toni’s debut eponymous album. From the iconic ballad “Another Sad Love Song”, to “Love Shoulda Brought You Home” and my favorite “Seven Whole Days”, this album is the definition of “R&B.” You can put this album on and let it ride without a single skip. Every single released (7 to be exact) were a hit that are still in heavy rotation on our playlist.
Although Toni’s career started with her sisters Trina, Towanda, Traci, and Tamar as The Braxtons, their debut album wasn’t much of a success. It did catch the attention of Babyface and L.A. Reid who were looking for new talent for their new label LaFace Records. Instead of signing the group they chose to offer a deal to Toni as a solo artist before her last year at Bowie State University. Regardless of Toni going solo, she made sure to keep her sister’s by her side as they sung background for her for many years. You can catch them in the background of her “7 Whole Days” video.
From her distinct tone and iconic short hair, Toni has earned the title Toni “The Living Legend” Braxton. This album started it all for her and will go down as one of the greatest debut R&B albums. When you have 7 hit singles out of a 12 song album, you deserve that title.