Love, Marriage & Divorce
Label: Def Jam Recordings
This is one of the most feel-bad R&B albums in ages. Toni Braxton has spent years sorting through broken affairs, whether it's "Another Sad Love Song" or "Unbreak My Heart." Babyface, her longtime producer, plays the husband in this crumbling marriage, and their duets recount every blow. "If you really want a fight, we can take it to the bed tonight," they sing on "Sweat." "I know you want me back, that's why you're 'bout to have a heart attack," she answers over "Heart Attack." While Babyface's songwriting strains under the concept, he captures the ugliness and drama of love gone sour.