by Babyface


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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.

Product Details

Release Date: 09/11/2001
Label: Arista
UPC: 0078221466721
catalogNumber: 14667

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Babyface   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 Credits

Babyface   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

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Face2Face 5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 3 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
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.
Guest More than 1 year ago
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
Guest More than 1 year ago
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.