Toni Braxton’s ‘Libra’

Toni Braxton’s ‘Libra’ (her astrological sign) is her fifth studio album released on September 27, 2005 by Blackground Records.

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Track Listing : 1.Please (Scott Storch, Makeba Riddick, Vincent Herbert, Kameron Houff) – 03:57 . 2.Trippin’ (That’S The Way Love Works) (Bryan-Michael Cox, Kendrick Dean, Johnta Austin, Toni Braxton) – 04:05 . 3.What’S Good (Bryan-Michael Cox, Johnta Austin, Toni Braxton, Joe Sample) – 04:14 . 4.Take This Ring (Rich Harrison) – 04:35 . 5.Midnite (Carsten Schack, Kenneth Karlin, Harold Lilly) – 04:11 . 6.I Wanna Be (Your Baby) (Harvey Mason Jr., Damon Thomas, Kenneth Edmonds, Darrell Simmons) – 03:48 . 7.Sposed To Be (Antonio Dixon, Keri Hilson, Patrick J.Que Smith, Harvey Mason Jr., Damon Thomas) – 04:07 . 8.Stupid (Cory Rooney, Toni Braxton, Keri Lewis) – 03:36 . 9.Finally (Harvey Mason Jr., Damon Thomas, Antonio Dixon, Eric Dawkins, Durrell Babbs) – 03:30 . 10.Shadowless (Alex Cantrell, Philip White) – 03:57

Musicians : Toni Braxton – Vocals, Backing Vocals On (1 -2 – 3 – 5 – 6 -7 – 8 – 9) . Babyface – Backing Vocals, Performer On ( 6) . Nuno Bettencourt – Guitar On (10) . Kendrick “Wyldcard” Dean – Strings . Antonio Dixon – Performer On (7 – 9) . Greg Phillinganes – Piano On (6) . Cory Rooney – Programming, Piano On (8) . Dan Shea – Programming, Guitar, Piano On (8) . The Underdogs – Performers On (6) . Siete – Guitar On (2) . Latrell Simmons – Backing Vocals On (6) . Makeba Riddick – Backing Vocals On (1) . Tavia Ivy – Backing Vocals On (6) . Kim Johnson – Backing Vocals On (1 – 9) . Keri Hilson – Backing Vocals On (1 – 7) . Tamar Braxton – Backing Vocals On (1–3 – 5 – 6 -7 – 8 – 9) . Johnta Austin – Backing Vocals On (2 – 3) . Eric Dawkins – Backing Vocals On (6)

Production : Produced By Rich Harrison, Scott Storch, Bryan-Michael Cox, Keri Lewis, The Underdogs, Babyface, Antonio Dixon, Soulshock & Karlin, Cory Rooney, Dan Shea . Paul Foley – Engineer On (4 – 10) . Morgan Garcia – Engineer On (3); Assistant Engineer . Chris Gehringer – Mastering On (1) . Gene Grimaldi – Mastering . Mike Guidotti – Assistant Engineer . Soulshock – Arranger, Mixing On (5) . Anthony Terrabonne – Assistant Engineer . Sam Thomas – Engineer On (2); Mixing On (2 – 3) . Dave “Natural Love” Russell – Mixing On (1 – 4 – 6 – 7 – 9); Engineer, Editing On (6 – 9) . Terrence Cash – Assistant Engineer . Rob Skipworth – Assistant Engineer, Editing Assistant . Manny Marroquin – Mixing On (5 – 10) . Karlin – Arranger, Instrumentation On (5) . Tom Kelly – Engineer, Editing On (7) . Thom “Tk” Kidd – Engineer, Editing On (7) . Saro Lyn Killian – Assistant Engineer . Kameron Houff – Engineer On (1) . Dabling “Hobby Boy” Harward – Engineer, Editing On (6 – 9)

Package : Gerard Dure – Hair Stylist . Daniela Federici – Photography . Heather Hankerson – Creative Director . Jonathan Mannion – Photography . Michael Muller – Photography . John Ricard – Photography . Sean Spellman – Stylist . Marie Brown – Hair Stylist . S. Wade – Art Design . Fran Cooper – Make-Up

Recorded In 2004–2005 At Dendiezel, Soulpower Studio, The Underlab (Los Angeles, California), Doppler Studios, Silent Sound Studios, Upstairs Studio (Atlanta, Georgia), Encore Studios (Burbank, California), The Hit Factory Criteria (Miami, Florida), Ocean Way Recording (Hollywood, Los Angeles, California), The Poolhouse (New York City, New York), The Village (West Los Angeles, Los Angeles, California).

Released On September 27, 2005 By Blackground Records.

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Slant Magazine
So it’s unfortunate that Braxton doesn’t have similar guidance with her own attempted return, Libra, released on Blackground Records. The album’s forgettable first single, the Scott Storch-produced “Please,” picks up where the edgy More Than A Woman left off, but most of the rest of Libra harks back to Braxton’s previous ballad-heavy successes. […]

Sputnikmusic.com
In other words we get throwbacks that are classic Toni from the days of the 1996 album “Secrets.” My personal favorite “Shadowless” is an acoustic guitar ballad in which she sings about a love lost and a plea to win it back. With this song she does what most singers fail to do, which is make a desperate cry without sounding whiney or needy. […]

allmusic
Libra offers no surprises. It’s lean and balanced, just like all other Braxton albums, though too many songs are tepid and merely functional for background listening, so it winds up a safe distance from the likes of the self-titled debut and Secrets. […]

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