Album Review of Playlist by Babyface.

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Playlist by Babyface

Release Date: Sep 18, 2007
Record label: Mercury
Genre(s): R&B

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Playlist - Very Good, Based on 2 Critics

Entertainment Weekly - 72
Based on rating B

Like R&B vocalists from Stevie Wonder to Al Green, Kenny ”Babyface” Edmonds can take bland or treacly material — here, for example, James Taylor’s ”Fire and Rain” — and render it superior to the original with delicate or atypical phrasing plus sheer commitment. Passion, not laid-backness, rules on Playlist, a set of originals and covers. Sometimes Babyface’s take is equal to the singer’s (Bob Dylan’s ”Knockin’ on Heaven’s Door”).

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AllMusic - 70
Based on rating 7/10

Covers albums tend to be dashed off as a way to fulfill an artist's last remaining contractual obligation to his or her label. However, Playlist is Babyface's first release for Mercury, following 2005's Grown & Sexy, and he put a lot of heart and soul into the material, all of which connected with him as a youngster listening to '70s AM radio. Most of the sources are anything but cool: James Taylor, Jim Croce, Dan Fogelberg, Dave Loggins, and Bread.

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