Kenneth "Babyface" Edmonds could have continued to rely on his reputation as a master balladeer who makes grown-folks music, but the scenery around him is changing. The hip-hop soul revolution gains momentum with every release by young crooners such as D'Angelo, Musiq Soulchild, and Bilal. To compete with the new generation, the No. 1 soulman of the '90s revs up the bpms on Face 2 Face and takes listeners on a dancefloor-ready romp of up-tempo R&B. For the new millennium, Face has retooled his image with a touch of rocked-out ghetto fabulousness -- glam shades, sleeveless tee, leather pants, and twisty Afro -- and has reworked his music to match it. Face has brought in hip-hop production darlings such as the Neptunes (on the new wave, synth-accented "There She Goes") and Mike City (on the jazzy "Outside In/Inside Out"), and he even gets jiggy with Snoop Dogg, whose lackadaisical flow sinks into the pimp-strutting groove of "Baby's Mama." But Edmonds hasn't forgotten his longtime fans. Although the bulk of the disc is geared more toward partygoers than quiet-stormers, several tracks, such as "What If" and "Still in Love With U," fit right in with the sentimental, mid-tempo ballads that have become his trademark. On the Neptunes-produced "Stressed Out," Face croons in an achy falsetto, "We go 'round only once/ Don't waste your time not having fun" -- and it sounds as if he's heeding his own advice, because he's never sounded -- or looked -- so fresh and so clean.
Performance CreditsBabyface Primary Artist,Acoustic Guitar,Bass,Percussion,Electric Guitar,Background Vocals
Snoop Dogg Rap
Brion James Electric Guitar
Wayne Lindsey fender rhodes,Wurlitzer
Bob Robinson Electric Guitar,Hammond Organ
Pharrell Williams Vocals,Background Vocals
Mike City Background Vocals
Anthony Nance Wurlitzer
Technical CreditsBabyface Producer,drum programming
Bill Meyers Horn Arrangements,String Arrangements
Fabian Fade Duvernay Marketing
André Harrell Producer
Brion James Producer
Tim Kelley Producer
L.A. Reid Executive Producer
Bob Robinson Producer
Ramon Hervey Management
Paul Boutin Engineer
Christian Lantry Cover Photo
Mike City Producer,Contributor
Anthony Nance Producer,drum programming
Brian Garten Engineer
Neptunes Producer,drum programming
Heavy D Producer
Daria Hines Assistant Hair Stylist
Buckwild Producer,drum programming
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
Face2Face based on 0 ratings. 3 reviews.
he is by far the best songwrier. his style never goes out of style and his music will still make people dance and drive people on to the edge of their emotions ant the same time. I hold babyface high in talent with Marvin Gaye, Stevie Wonder, and Curtis Mayfield. He is one of R&B greatest. I just wish more people that think they know hiphop and R&B would listen to whats good and not what's popular.
Babyface is the real thing. Face2Face shows the art of writing, producing & singing. Babyface knows how to penetrate the audience's emotion. He stood the test of time like nobody before in the music business. My favorite song of all the time is ''I love you babe'' from album Lovers. & Tender lover is my favorite album of all the time. May God bless him. Jules
Some may think it's his mid-life crisis, but many cannot deny his skill, not just as a mega-producer, but as an artist. Face's musical departure is fresh and very appropriate in the fickle pop world. Many have forgotten that Face started out as a singer/songwriter. This new album reintroduces Face and his skills as a performer to new audiences and I think he will succeed.