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Entertainment Weekly (p.81) - "Passion, not laid-backness, rules on this set of originals and covers." -- Grade: B119.1899

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Entertainment Weekly (p.72) - "Kenneth 'Babyface' Edmonds channels Billie's blues in a gorgeously spooky take on 'Strange Fruit.'"1.046555

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Billboard (p.36) - "[S]everal cuts -- such as 'Loving You,' a jazzy new Babyface original -- showcase Williams' Broadway bona fides."0.5129604

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"...The cast is a pleasure....A seamless whole that goes down like the sweetest, slickest video you ever saw..." Rolling Stone "....[Angela Bassett] turns in quite a powerful performance..." Sight and Sound "...An exhilarating blast...[with a] strong cast..." -- Rating: B+ Entertainment Weekly "...An appealing cast and skilled and imaginative direction by Forest Whitaker....Bassett again proves her gifts with a performance at once fiery and delicate..." Variety "...Pleasant....Grounded in a smooth, wall-to-wall soundtrack written by Kenneth 'Babyface" Edmonds....WAITING TO EXHALE is easy listening for the eyes..."Los Angeles Times "...This is a debut directing job by Forest Whitaker, and somehow the tone of the film resembles his own acting: measured, serene, confident..." Chicago Sun-Times0.4940949

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Spin (p.98) - "Babyface-quoting slow jam 'Joey Rogers' is meticulously concocted fun no matter what century."CMJ - "[M]asterfully hitting pop pleasure centers with just the right amount of weirdness bubbling under the surface."0.4488403

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Spin (11/97, pp.144-146) - 6 (out of 10) - "...Kenneth `Babyface' Edmonds, who produced, wrote or cowrote seven of this album's 13 tracks,...aims...his music...at the cloistered sanctity of the middle-class parlor....Babyface's ballads...are a kind of integration by melodrama....his music is the ultimate in middle-class insulation..."Entertainment Weekly (9/19/97, p.82) - "...SOUL FOOD is full of fresh grooves and tasty hooks, [but] it lacks the focus that made [WAITING TO] EXHALE such a breathtaking album....SOUL FOOD seems more like a smorgasbord than a single-course soundtrack. There's a little bit of everything here, from salty rap to sweet soul balladry..." - Rating: B+Rap Pages (11/97, p.110) - "...a quintessential album defining Hip-Hop soul prepared by a master chef who can burn tracks much like Roscoe does on his best day with chicken and waffles..."0.4488403

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Spin (11/97, pp.144-146) - 6 (out of 10) - "...Kenneth `Babyface' Edmonds, who produced, wrote or cowrote seven of this album's 13 tracks,...aims...his music...at the cloistered sanctity of the middle-class parlor....Babyface's ballads...are a kind of integration by melodrama....his music is the ultimate in middle-class insulation..."Entertainment Weekly (9/19/97, p.82) - "...SOUL FOOD is full of fresh grooves and tasty hooks, [but] it lacks the focus that made [WAITING TO] EXHALE such a breathtaking album....SOUL FOOD seems more like a smorgasbord than a single-course soundtrack. There's a little bit of everything here, from salty rap to sweet soul balladry..." - Rating: B+Rap Pages (11/97, p.110) - "...a quintessential album defining Hip-Hop soul prepared by a master chef who can burn tracks much like Roscoe does on his best day with chicken and waffles..."0.4488403

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Vibe (10/01, p.150) - 4 discs out of 5 - "...Like Dom P, Face just gets better...Babyface purists will have a hard time denying the album's self-assured flair....the adult-contemporary slow jams raise the roof..."0.3847203

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Rolling Stone (10/28/93, p.76) - 3.5 Stars - Very Good - "...This is black utopia....Babyface continues the nearly-forgotten tradition of solo R&B lover men..."Entertainment Weekly (8/20/93, p.62) - "...Babyface...has always had a soft spot for soulful ballads and smoothly stylish love songs. He indulges that passion here..." - Rating: B+Vibe (9/93, p.124) - "...when one has infectious melodies, complex chord progressions, car-drive grooves, and bell-clear tones to offer, who needs metaphorical lyrics? Some singers, thank God, still have more than phat beats and sampled loops working in their f(l)avor..."0.3627177

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Rolling Stone (8/22/96) - 3 Stars - Good - "...devoted to conservative, adult-contemporary pop. No one has brought more pleasure to mainstream music in recent years than the soft-R&B specialist Babyface, who produced this album's appealing first single, Eric Clapton's 'Change The World'..."0.3206002

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Spin (1/97, p.59) - Ranked #16 on Spin's list of the '20 Best Albums of '96.'Entertainment Weekly (10/12/01, p.43) - Ranked #88 in EW's "100 Best Movie Soundtracks"Entertainment Weekly (12/1/95, p.73) - "...the album goes down easy, just as you'd expect from a package framed by Whitney Houston tracks....the soundtrack waits to exhale, hovering in sensuous suspense." - Rating: BMusician (3/96, p.92) - "...this is a Babyface album. Not only did he write all the new songs, but it's his empathy and melodic gift that sets the stage for these performances..."New York Times (Publisher) (1/6/96, p.C16) - Included on Jon Pareles' and Stephen Holden's list of the Top 10 Albums of `95 - "Kenneth (Babyface) Edmonds gathers most of the sultriest female singers in current rhythm-and-blues... and matches them with his own tender, gently pulsating songs..."0.2720383

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Alternative Press (p.107) - 3.5 stars out of 5 -- "The songs veer from straight-laced indie rock to lush, introspective, ambient rock to psych-rock revival."Paste (magazine) - "BURY ME IN MY RINGS is Sennett's most gushing, romantic, effervescently pop moment to date, touching on everything from solo McCartney to Fleetwood Mac..."0.2634696

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Q (12/99, p.156) - 3 stars out of 5 - "...There are 2 new songs here...to entice the completists....with big-shot Babyface, [Clapton] gracefully updates his trademark sound. And if playing the blues is about expressing pain, then 'Tears In Heaven'...is the genuine article."Mojo (Publisher) (11/99, p.120) - "...the time of craftsmanlike albums and Albert Hall residencies, of quietly expensive suits and unassuming legendhood.....stuff to admire and even enjoy....a slow, measured transition from rage to resignation."0.2564802

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Q (12/99, p.156) - 3 stars out of 5 - "...There are 2 new songs here...to entice the completists....with big-shot Babyface, [Clapton] gracefully updates his trademark sound. And if playing the blues is about expressing pain, then 'Tears In Heaven'...is the genuine article."Mojo (Publisher) (11/99, p.120) - "...the time of craftsmanlike albums and Albert Hall residencies, of quietly expensive suits and unassuming legendhood.....stuff to admire and even enjoy....a slow, measured transition from rage to resignation."0.2564802

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Q (12/99, p.156) - 3 stars out of 5 - "...There are 2 new songs here...to entice the completists....with big-shot Babyface, [Clapton] gracefully updates his trademark sound. And if playing the blues is about expressing pain, then 'Tears In Heaven'...is the genuine article."Mojo (Publisher) (11/99, p.120) - "...the time of craftsmanlike albums and Albert Hall residencies, of quietly expensive suits and unassuming legendhood.....stuff to admire and even enjoy....a slow, measured transition from rage to resignation."0.2564802

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Entertainment Weekly (10/30/98, p.114) - "...KEEP THE FAITH remains commercial R&B, all bedroom strings and Babyface-style acoustic accents. what sets Evans apart is that she, like her soul sista Mary J. Blige, investigates her pain in a way that contradicts the lush sonics..." - Rating: A-Q (12/00, p.143) - 3 stars out of 5 - "...Proves that in voice and soul, she's every inch Mary J. Blige's equal..."Urban Latino (2/99, p.80) - 4 out of 4 - "...bonafide, homegrown R&B sounds....steeped in the Blues and Gospel traditions....Evans [is] a true Soul singer....a great pick for you lovers..."0.2564802

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Q (12/99, p.156) - 3 stars out of 5 - "...There are 2 new songs here...to entice the completists....with big-shot Babyface, [Clapton] gracefully updates his trademark sound. And if playing the blues is about expressing pain, then 'Tears In Heaven'...is the genuine article."Mojo (Publisher) (11/99, p.120) - "...the time of craftsmanlike albums and Albert Hall residencies, of quietly expensive suits and unassuming legendhood.....stuff to admire and even enjoy....a slow, measured transition from rage to resignation."0.2564802

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Spin (12/96, p.147) - "...relies on cameos from Eric Clapton, Stevie Wonder and a reunited Shalamar. Plus Kenny G, which works in this upside-down, fascinating pop sphere..."Entertainment Weekly (11/1/96, p.68) - "...All the Babyface trademarks--the crisp, unobtrusive percussion, the silky guitars, the harmonies that blanket the melodies like a quilt--are laid out like a three-piece suit. But more so than any previous album he's made, THE DAY is chockful of luscious, gently persuasive songs..." - Rating: A-Vibe (3/01, p.192) - 3.5 discs out of 5 - "...Inthe hurly-burly of today's music scene, it's getting a lot easier to appreciate the charms of this quiet man..."0.2244202

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Entertainment Weekly (p.117) - "[W]ith enough midtempo dance grooves to make R. Kelly seem out of stem....Saadiq's bass virtuosity is strictly pimp caliber." - Grade: A-Vibe (pp.159-60) - 3 1/2 discs out of 5 - "With his impressive solo follow-up, Saadiq continues to put the soul back in R&B music."0.2107757

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Rolling Stone (12/26/96, p.190) - "As designer champagne 'n' anguish R&B goes, SECRETS goes down nice and easy....Braxton knows how to find the romantic core in a piece of mainstream toffee...her bristling tone in the adultery song 'Talking In His Sleep' shows that...she's no pushover..."Spin (9/96, p.152) - 7 - Worthy - "...The album's love groove relies as much on individuality as the average ambient techno compilation. Braxton's appeal is based more on identification than identity; her anonymity helps a listener Q Magazine (11/00, p.122) - 3 stars out of 5 - "...Wholesome MOR balladry dominates in the form of weepies and occaional sassy interludes....Braxton's mahogany alto...singles her out as one of the finest female voices around..."Entertainment Weekly (7/12/96, pp.54-55) - "...on Braxton's new album, SECRETS, the singer and her recording mentor [Babyface] offer up a series of secular hymns to attraction and affection, betrayal and brokenheartedness, cooing and cohabitation..." - Rating: A-0.1923601

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Rolling Stone (12/26/96, p.190) - "As designer champagne 'n' anguish R&B goes, SECRETS goes down nice and easy....Braxton knows how to find the romantic core in a piece of mainstream toffee...her bristling tone in the adultery song 'Talking In His Sleep' shows that...she's no pushover..."Spin (9/96, p.152) - 7 - Worthy - "...The album's love groove relies as much on individuality as the average ambient techno compilation. Braxton's appeal is based more on identification than identity; her anonymity helps a listener Q Magazine (11/00, p.122) - 3 stars out of 5 - "...Wholesome MOR balladry dominates in the form of weepies and occaional sassy interludes....Braxton's mahogany alto...singles her out as one of the finest female voices around..."Entertainment Weekly (7/12/96, pp.54-55) - "...on Braxton's new album, SECRETS, the singer and her recording mentor [Babyface] offer up a series of secular hymns to attraction and affection, betrayal and brokenheartedness, cooing and cohabitation..." - Rating: A-0.1923601

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Rolling Stone (12/26/96, p.190) - "As designer champagne 'n' anguish R&B goes, SECRETS goes down nice and easy....Braxton knows how to find the romantic core in a piece of mainstream toffee...her bristling tone in the adultery song 'Talking In His Sleep' shows that...she's no pushover..."Spin (9/96, p.152) - 7 - Worthy - "...The album's love groove relies as much on individuality as the average ambient techno compilation. Braxton's appeal is based more on identification than identity; her anonymity helps a listener Q Magazine (11/00, p.122) - 3 stars out of 5 - "...Wholesome MOR balladry dominates in the form of weepies and occaional sassy interludes....Braxton's mahogany alto...singles her out as one of the finest female voices around..."Entertainment Weekly (7/12/96, pp.54-55) - "...on Braxton's new album, SECRETS, the singer and her recording mentor [Babyface] offer up a series of secular hymns to attraction and affection, betrayal and brokenheartedness, cooing and cohabitation..." - Rating: A-0.1923601

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Rolling Stone (p.74) - 4.5 stars out of 5 -- "He really is the best rapper alive....As usual, Wayne's tumbling freestyle rhymes are full of imagination and surprise, but his voice itself is half the fun."Rolling Stone (p.88) - Ranked #3 in Rolling Stone's 50 Best Albums Of 2008 -- "Lil Wayne's greatness lies not just in what he says, but in the way he says it..."Spin (p.96) - "[T]he purest product of the most transformative, chaos-inducing man-made disasters of the 21st century -- New Orleans, hip-hop, and the Internet."Spin (p.53) - Ranked #2 in Spin's "40 Best Albums Of 2008" -- "[With] rapping, Auto-Tune crooning, groping guitar strings, and rasping for air over a digital patchwork of beats and synths..."Entertainment Weekly (p.66) - "There's some intricate art here: 'Dr. Carter' and 'A Milli' have bursts of spectacular rhyme..."The Wire (p.64) - "'Misunderstood', based around the Nina Simone track, has lines that come straight from the heart, and the vital signs are strong..."XXL (Magazine) (p.98) - "Wayne's supreme confidence as an MC dominates the album....His songwriting skills continue to get more thoughtful and focused..."Blender (Magazine) (p.80) - 4.5 stars out of 5 -- "His taste in beats and sounds is omnivorous, his crushed-charcoal rasp equally indebted to crisp East Coast complexity, Southern sing-song and his own warped imagination."0.1844287

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Entertainment Weekly (12/12/97, p.90) - "...a testament to the joy of unadorned melody....Surprisingly, the weakest spots are duets with Toni Braxton...and Michael Bolton...whose histrionics reduce the G-man to a sideman." - Rating: B-0.1844287

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