For the lover in us: Best of Babyface

Glancing at Babyface’s stats staggers me — you think Jimmy Jam and Terry Lewis had a hit streak, remember what Kenneth Edmonds accomplished from 1988 to 2000. Sure he settled for the generic often — what kind of producer with his demand didn’t? Examined end to end, I can’t think of another songwriter-producer (and occasional singer) who limned the Clinton middle class’ systems of romance. He went no further than the usual tension between love and loss, but his fulsome melodic sense reflected his curiosity about understanding the politics of conventional romance. No doubt he needed the long vacation on a Polynesian island before resurfacing on Tha Carter III. His real comeback was 2014’s Love, Marriage & Braxton, as fraught and pained a romantic concept album as anything by Richard and Linda Thompson or Linda and Cecil Womack.

1. Babyface – It’s No Crime
2. Karyn White – Superwoman
3. Toni Braxton – Breathe Again
4. Madonna – Take a Bow
5. Bobby Brown – On Our Own
6. Whitney Houston – Exhale (Shoop)
7. Paula Abdul – Knocked Out
8. Mary J. Blige – Not Gon’ Cry
9. The Whispers – Rock Steady
10. Babyface- When Can I See You
11. Brandy – Sittin’ Up In My Room
12. En Vogue – Whatever
13. Babyface and Toni Braxton – Let’s Do It
14. Pebbles – Giving You the Benefit
15. Johnny Gill – My, My, My
16. Toni Braxton – You’re Makin’ Me High/Let It FLow
17. Aretha Franklin – Willing to Forgive
18. Babyface – And Our Feelings
19. TLC – Diggin’ on You
20. Whitney Houston – I’m Your Baby Tonight
21. The Boys – Dial My Heart
22. Bobby Brown – Don’t Be Cruel
23. Babyface and Toni Braxton – Hurt You
24. The Deele – Two Occasions
25. After 7 – Ready or Not

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