You’ll feel like you’ve jumped into a time machine and went back to 1992 listening to the new collaboration album by Babyface and Toni Braxton. They used to joke that Dick Clark never aged and looked the same year after year for his New Years Eve show, well Toni and Babyface must be drinking the same water. Their voices sound as amazing as ever and if you caught them on Arsenio Hall, you know incredible they still look. You can totally feel the genuine chemistry here. This is “real music”, no gimmicks, just legends of the R&B game doing what they do best.
“Love, Marriage, and Divorce” chronicles the highs and lows of a relationship with each track sharing a different emotion experience in the ebb and flow of two people trying to make it work. There have been three marriages and divorces between Babyface and Toni since they first collaborated way back in 1992 on the Boomerang Soundtrack. Their experience with relationships is evident as Toni co-wrote seven of the eleven tracks.
TRACK BY TRACK REVIEW:
ROLLER COASTER: Heaven….Babyface’s intro sucks you in but Toni’s voice is like vintage wine here. 5 out of 5
SWEAT Sexy!…..”If you really want to fight, we can take it to the bed tonight and sweat it out”. Make up sex has solved many fights. 5 out of 5
HURT YOU Repetitive….The album’s lead single is one of the weakest tracks here. Not a lot of creativity with the beats or the chorus. 2 1/2 out of 5
WHERE DID WE GO WRONG Sensitive….Babyface’s silky smooth falsetto introduction here will remind you of his early 90’s work. The Spanish guitar and Toni’s harmony works perfectly on this slow jam. 4 1/2 out of 5
I HOPE THAT YOU’RE OK Solo…..Babyface’s confessional track that he’s going his separate way. This is the only track featuring Babyface by himself. 3 out of 5
I WISH Spiteful…..Toni rips into her cheating man with some of the best revenge fantasy lyrics of the year. She evens wishes he gets an STD from the other woman. Surprisingly good! 4 out of 5
TAKE IT BACK Sentimental….can you recapture the sweet memories of the way it was? Light, sweet, and relaxing 3 1/2 out of 5
REUNITED Filler…..mood changer for the CD. I wish this was actually a cover of Peaches And Herb’s “Reunited”, that would have fit in beautifully here. 2 out of 5
I’D RATHER BE BROKE Predictable…..Toni calls out her wealthy lover who’s only using his money instead of his heart. She’s having none of it. Second weak track in a row. 2 out of 5
HEART ATTACK Groovy……The best funky, high energy track on the CD. These disco beats will probably the amplified by multiple DJ dance remixes. 4 out of 5
THE D WORD Aftermath…..What starts off so great sometimes still ends in divorce. But thankfully, the CD doesn’t end on a down note. The album’s best track captures their undeniable chemistry beautifully. 5 out of 5
“THE D WORD”