Babyface - Return Of The Tender Lover (2015)

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Babyface - Return Of The Tender Lover (2015)

Babyface - Return Of The Tender Lover (2015)
RnB, Soul | MP3 CBR 320 kbps | 00:42:42 | 102 MB + 5% Recovery
Label: Def Jam Recordings | Release Year: 2015

The collaborations on Return of the Tender Lover and the design of its production feel traditional, in the sense that they don't attempt to update Babyface's sound and instead lean comfortably on a long, established career. This dedication to tradition and honoring of his craft is less a throwback than a micro-adjustment of an enduring formula.
In the late 1980s and early '90s, Kenneth "Babyface" Edmonds, along with songwriting partners Daryl Simmons and L.A. Reid, developed a form of pop soul that's as geometrically precise as it is weightless. Songs like Toni Braxton's "Breathe Again", Madonna's "Take a Bow", and Boyz II Men's "Water Runs Dry" occur in a seamless universe, all undisturbed surfaces that relentlessly shimmer. In 1995, "Water Runs Dry" itself seemed the most formally perfect incarnation of one of Babyface's primary pop expressions, the vaporous ballad; it's gently animated by a brushed snare and an acoustic guitar, over which the members of Boyz II Men weave their voices together in fluid braids.

Babyface's aesthetic is a distant refinement and elaboration of Prince and, beyond that, Curtis Mayfield, both of whom condensed pop and soul into irreducible collage. He's capable of elastic funk and vast balladry but both are organized by an unusual pop sensitivity. Return of the Tender Lover, his first solo album of originals in 10 years, is part a period of renewed productivity for Babyface. Last year he released an album with Toni Braxton called Love, Marriage & Divorce, which described the length of a relationship through both gliding surfaces and reduced, raw circumstances; this year he contributed minimal blossoms of acoustic guitar to the Ty Dolla $ign single "Solid". But his new album is a kind of retreat-Babyface reduced to plush textures. Though Return of the Tender Lover deliberately references his sophomore album, 1989's Tender Lover, nothing here is as dry and muscular as "It's No Crime", or generously expansive as "Whip Appeal". In their place is buoyant, effortless pop soul.

TRACKLIST

01. We've Got Love
02. Fight For Love
03. Exceptional
04. Walking On Air (feat. El DeBarge)
05. I Want You (feat. After 7)
06. Love And Devotion
07. Standing Ovation
08. Something Bout You
09. Our Love
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