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  • Audio CD (September 27, 2005)
  • Original Release Date: 2005
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Blackground Records
  • ASIN: B000AXWHQ2
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (235 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #18,252 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

1. Please
2. Trippin' (That's the Way Love Works)
3. What's Good
4. Take This Ring
5. Midnite
6. I Wanna Be (Your Baby)
7. Sposed to Be
8. Stupid
9. Finally
10. Shadowless

Editorial Reviews

Product Description

With one of the most distinctive and recognizable voices in contemporary music, the beautiful Toni Braxton returns to the international marketplace with the 2005 release of Libra, her sizzling debut set for Blackground/Universal Records. Libra - acknowledging the singer's October 7 birth date - represents a new milestone in an achievement-filled career, completing a three-year hiatus from recording for TONI. An eagerly-anticipated follow-up to her top-selling CD, More Than A Woman, the new album finds the multiple Grammy award-winning artist delivering material that reflects her creative maturity. With a musical nod to the kind of finely-crafted songs that first propelled her to global fame over a decade ago, Libra strikes the perfect balance between today's radio friendly grooves (exemplified by the album's hot first single, 'Please') and 'old school' flavored slow jams (such as 'Stupid' and 'Midnite'), giving the multi-talented entertainer a new opportunity to bring her instantly-recognizable vocal style back to the forefront.

Toni Braxton delivers Libra nearly a decade after she busted up the R&B landscape with her gut-wrenching appeal, on 1996's Secrets, that a wayward lover un-break her heart. Back then, Kenneth "Babyface" Edmonds was helming her records, and with his sound came a certain spun-silk smooth, wistful sensibility. Braxton may have been one of his better students, but Babyface's sound didn't hold up (for proof, check his own 2005 disc, Grown & Sexy). Where some breathy, smoky-voiced sirens might have called it a day, scampering off into career obscurity with their six Grammys in tow, Braxton resists the temptation to quit or to satiate the faithful with a yawny record; Libra, more than just a vehicle for evolving, adapting, and overcoming, is among the freshest, most tastefully done R&B discs to come out in 2005. Highlights belong strictly to the first half, with opener "Please" swinging wide the door for what will universally be recognized as this disc's two best tracks: "Trippin' (That's the Way Love Works)" belongs to that oft-strived-for league of songs that merit the tag "irresistible," and "Take this Ring," with its blaxploitation-film soundtrack effects, splices in just enough funk--and the right kind--to fuel a thousand replays. --Tammy La Gorce

Customer Reviews

All of the songs on this CD are worth listening to.
A. Williams
This song fits Toni's vocals well, and the background vocals fit the song well as does the musical arrangement.
M. J. Moore
The young will love Please, Trippin, What's Good, and Take this Ring for sure.
A. Washington

Most Helpful Customer Reviews

51 of 56 people found the following review helpful By Amanda Richards HALL OF FAMEVINE VOICE on October 2, 2005
Format: Audio CD
Toni Braxton returns to the music scene with her impossibly deep and smoky contralto tones intact and firing on all cylinders. This is obviously not a woman who raises her voice a lot, even when handling her boys Denim and Diezel, who probably stop acting up as soon as Mom purrs at them.

With six Grammy's under her belt, the Maryland-born clergyman's daughter doesn't disappoint, except for the length of the album. However, hunt for a copy with the bonus tracks "Suddenly" and "Long Way Home" and you're home free. (The UK version has the bonus tracks)

This is a strong return, following 2002's "More Than a Woman", not counting the two "collection" albums in between. First single "Please" is an upbeat R&B pleaser, but my pick is single number two "Trippin' (That's The Way Love Works)", the best track by a long shot.

A solid album, and a must for all Braxton and R&B music fans everywhere.

Amanda Richards, October 3, 2005
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16 of 17 people found the following review helpful By M. J. Moore on February 26, 2006
Format: Audio CD
R&B mainstay Toni Braxton returned to the musical scene in Fall 2005 with her first release, Libra, since 2002's More Than a Woman. When Toni burst onto the scene in 1993 with her mega-success debut CD which spawned numerous hit singles, people raved over her as the next best thing. Three years later, she returned with Secrets which experienced the same mega-success as her first CD. However, in the four years between 1996's Secrets and 2000's Heat, Toni experienced bankruptcy. While sales-wise, she lost some footing, her Heat has been certified Double Platinum for sales of 2 million. However, two years later, 2002's More Than a Woman flopped selling only 500,000 copies and Toni left Arista Records for Blackground Records (home of the late Aaliyah and young R&B/pop star Jojo). While this release contains some good music, its sales have been extremely low especially for a singer of Toni's caliber.

Please-Produced by Scott Storch (Floetry's Supastar; Mario's Let Me Love you; Terror Squad's Lean Back), this mid-tempo was released as the first single. It has a very catchy beat; Toni's smoky vocals gives the right slant to this edgy song. There was a nice accompanying video, but radio never warmed to this song. A-

Trippin' (That's The Way Love Works)-Produced by Bryan Michael Cox (Faith Evans' Tru Love, Mary J. Blige's Be Without you; Usher's Burn; Fantasia's you Got Me Waiting; Destiny's Child's Bad Habit; Frankie J's How to Deal) and Keri Lewis, this smoldering ballad with tinges of a dark sound is the trademark song for Bryan Michael Cox. He's one of my favorite producers because while his songs are similar, they all have a unique vibe to them that distinguishes them from other songs out there.
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful By sandy on October 5, 2005
Format: Audio CD
This is one of the few cds I've bought where every song I'm able to listen to with pleasure. Although I do have favorites such as "Midnite", the bangin "Please" and "What's Good" (is that a jam or what???) and semi favs "Stupid" (a very jazzy-r&b mix midtempo jam) and "I Wanna Be" I can say truthfully that I don't find myself fast forwarding thru any of the songs. This is one of the best r&b cds of the year and a great comeback effort from one of the best (if not best) r&b divas, Ms Toni Braxton!! I can tell she put a lot of thought and time in selecting these songs. And that voice-with more time it has grown more sultry, smoky and deep, she truly has a rare gift. Well done Toni!
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful By S. Wong on October 4, 2005
Format: Audio CD
Toni Braxton is back after a 4 year break of becomming a mother of two boys, wife, and broadway actress and now the long awaited album has arrived "LIBRA"...This album has a variety of ballads to dance is have the hits "please" to "trippin'" and "take this ring" ...if you get this album you will not be dissappointed trust me..This album will make you fell good about love and more...
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18 of 22 people found the following review helpful By Javier Lopez on November 4, 2005
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Besides being a sign, "Libra" is also balance and that name is perfect to describe Toni's career at this time. After "More than a woman" which from my point of view was a great album but the critics were negative, Toni comes back with this production which has what I call the two faces of Toni Braxton (her earliest generes Pop, R&B with a slide touch of Hip-Hop and her newest which was mainly Hip-Hop on her previous release). The result is very impressive and with Toni's voice any kind of music is going to sound flawless. What I have to admit is that her record company is not making any effort about promoting this album. The first single "PLEASE" went nowhere and I also have to say that the production is not the best because the album has only 10 tracks and the booklet doesn't include lyrics. From all this you can notice how big is Toni's background and credibility because the album debuted at #4 on Billboard's 200 and #2 on Billboard's Top R&B and Hip-Hop albums.

Anyway that's just my opinion but to focus on the music. I would recommend the songs "PLEASE", "FINALLY", "TRIPPIN'", "WHAT'S GOOD", "I WANNA BE" and "TAKE THIS RING" which has an incredible rhythm and Toni's perfromance is great. The album was produced by Toni, Keri Lewis (Toni's husband), Vincent Herbert, Jomo Hankerson and Barry Hankerson. I really miss here L.A Reid, Babyface and Diane Warren. They should always be on Toni's productions.

You should give a shot to this album, it's not Toni's best but it's pretty good and let's hope that Toni gets back to the big success that she used to have.
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