Amy T. (simplyamy) from DAKOTA DUNES, SD Reviewed on 8/16/2007...
SEXY SEXY SEXY rock
Barbara M. (Babe) from NEW YORK, NY Reviewed on 5/6/2007...
This is a great CD, sexy, soft insinuating rock. I was given a gift of it -- and didn't want to say that I already had it! So time to trade!
Veronica K. from POWAY, CA Reviewed on 3/10/2007...
Great song for love making, expecially the You're makin me high song.
Melissa L. from CROFTON, MD Reviewed on 8/11/2006...
This CD has never been opened.
Toni!, Toni!, Toni!
J. Highsmith | Mitchellville, Maryland United States | 04/12/2000
(5 out of 5 stars)
"I remember buying this CD the day it came out. Her first CD was already a classic so I expected the same from her sophomore release. On her first CD, Toni had a combination of slow songs, midtempo grooves, and uptempo grooves. After hearing the single, "You're Makin' Me High" I expected the album to be more of the same just like her first CD. After the CD was over, I was impressed by the way Toni Braxton presented different tales of slow jams. On "Secrets" Toni Braxton had a lot more producers than she did on the first CD. Babyface and L.A. Reid did most of the work on the first CD, but on "Secrets" there's more of a variety, which doesn't hurt the CD at all. Babyface, this time around is actually working by himself, without his business partner L.A. Reid. The best examples of Toni's slow jam presentation are "There's No Me Without You" which is produced by Babyface, "Talking in his Sleep", "I Don't Want To", and "Un-Break My Heart". This is a great CD for anyone that likes slow jams or ballads. If you are a fan of more uptempo and midtempo songs this might not be the CD for you. Her first CD might be a better recommendation."
Braxton's "Secrets" are worth telling
John Jones | Chicago IL | 05/22/2000
(4 out of 5 stars)
"After a sultry and stylish debut album that helped earn her a Best New Artist Grammy, Toni Braxton steps up to the follow-up plate and hits anything but a sophomore slump. Full of warm musical backdrops and Toni's trademark sexy alto, "Secrets" lives up to the expectations her debut set in place.Every now and again you'll find a singer whose interpretative gifts mesh perfectly with the producer or songwriter at hand. Such magic can be found when Toni takes on one of Babyface's acoustic-based, almost-folky pop tunes. "Let it Flow," "There's No Me Without You," and "Why Should I Care" are all gorgeous ballads with acoustic guitars in the forefront and the heat set on slow-burn, and Toni more than rises to the challenge. Of course, these songs were all solely written and produced by Babyface, so the argument may be made that the artistic vision isn't truly Toni's. The final audio result, however, is truly fantastic.Unfortunately, R. Kelly doesn't serve Braxton as well; Babyface and Toni often seem two halves of the same whole, while R. Kelly's composition "I Don't Want To," which he also produced, merely sounds like Toni singing along to an R. Kelly karaoke tape. And even Babyface can fall short now and then, proven on the sleepy ballad appropriately titled "In the Late of Night." "Unbreak My Heart," however, is one of the rare moments in R&B that manages to build a bridge to pop and still maintain soul in the recording. No shock that this soaring ballad sealed Toni's then-pending true crossover success.Even more of a payoff comes when Toni tries something new, as is found on "You're Makin Me High," a hardcore-esque number that boasts lyrics as hard as its groove, and "Talking in My Sleep," a scorcher of a ballad that finds Toni purring her verses in spoken word form. But the main focus here is on achieving classic, romantic soul moments, and in that sense Toni Braxton's "Secrets" is a home-run."
Amazing r&b/jazzy/soft rock album
J. Highsmith | 12/31/2006
(5 out of 5 stars)
"I bought this album sometime after Unbreak My Heart was released, I was about 13. I thought it was one of the best albums I owned and it's aged really nicely too. I still listen to it time to time when relaxing. She may have played it safe with her sophomore album by working with hot r&b producers like babyface, r.kelly and tony rich, but it really works. The ballads are beautiful and smoky hot and her voice blends into the music so beautifully. A lot of singles were released from this album from 1996 through 1997, some of which were just released to radio while others had music videos. I remember her getting a lot of billboard, ama and grammy awards at the time in her revealing dresses, and her being the talk of the award shows the next day at school. Another memory is the remix of you're making me high that had a reggae/hip hop vibe to it. Just be warned that this CD doesn't really have any fast tracks, it's mostly soft, jazzy r&b ballads."
I like this CD just as much now as I did back in '97
Andrew Brooks | Carson, California | 08/02/2005
(5 out of 5 stars)
"When it comes to modern music I'm a hard sell...I much prefer older music (sixties/seventies/eighties--I'm 21 at the time of this review) but there are some exceptions. Toni Braxton is one of those.
I saw the music video for "You're Makin' Me High" in 1996 when I was thirteen. I became intrigued. Then "Un-break my Heart" came out on music video, and I loved the song. Emotional, expressive, poetic...the exact characteristics I look for in music.
"Secrets" is an awesome album. My fave songs in order are "You're Makin' Me High," "Un-break My Heart, "Let It Flow", "Come Over Here", and "How Could An Angel Break My Heart." If you're a Braxton fan, get this CD. It's awesome."