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Toni Braxton
The Heat 2000
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Four years after her second album, Toni Braxton, the preacher's daugher from Maryland presents her third: The Heat. The singles He Wasn't Man Enough and Spanish Guitar, her reference to the Latin music wave, are already high up in the charts. But the real highlights of the album are the two ballads I'm Still Breathing and Fairy Tale, written by Diane Warren and Marc Harris/Tommy Sims/Babyface respectively. In these two songs, she can show her soul voice to its best advantage. With The Heat, Toni Braxton will be able to repeat her former successes such as Un-Break My Heart and You're Making Me High. The new album is dominated by ballads. Besides the four mentioned tracks, only Just Be A Man About It is outstanding, another song about the war between the sexes. Forget the other seven compositions. Still, five out of twelve songs are great, that's quite an accomplishment. After her platinum albums Toni Braxton (1992) and Secrets (1996), which together sold over 20 million copies and won her several Grammies, The Heat is another milestone in her career. Her mix of pop, soul and R&B continues to be a success. The two mentioned ballads, I'm Still Breathing and Fairy Tale, not only allow her to make her definite step out of the shadow of Aretha Franklin, to whom she had been compared at the beginning of her career and who is her model. At the age of 32, Toni Braxton has still a whole career in front of her. After her part in the Broadway musical The Beauty and the Beast, she is heading for a career on the big screen. To get the leading role in the  Eartha Kitt biography I'm Still Here is her main goal. Get the album from Amazon.com.

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