The Day

The Day Review

As a dominant force in the R&B industry, Babyface was most well-known for his writing abilities. However, as he showed on all of his own albums, Babyface was capable of putting out a solid song of his own.

No better means of demonstrating his influence on the 90s than the opening track, "Everytime I Close My Eyes." The song echoes Babyface's mastery over the industry. Mariah Carey laces the background vocals with a nice feel that adds to the song and Kenny G's sax solo helps get the mood right. Babyface does his own part well, singing soothing lyrics that work well. All around, a nice song.

The second track of the album, "Talk To Me," has a guitar sound added to it and while its an enjoyable song, it isn't Babyface's best. The track features a catchy chorus and the standard necessities of any R&B track. The song has nice lyrics and has a strong rise in emotion that keeps the song moving.

"I Said I Love You," follows and is sweet, though a little slow. The chorus can get boring and the track is a bit repetitive. Still, the song is touching, and means well.

Marc Nelson offers background vocals on "When Your Body Gets Weak," and does a good job with the song. The track has a well-made chorus and is romantic. Despite that, the song is still kind of slow and a bit boring. It's an enjoyable song, but only average.

The fifth track on the album, "Simple Days," is for lack of a better term, simplistic. The lyrics aren't very deep and the track doesn't try to do anything impressive. Some of the lyrics go a bit over my head as I have no idea why he even talks about his friend Billy. Still, the song is light and is fun as Babyface fits his voice perfectly to the message.

Probably the album's biggest weakness is "All Day Thinkin'." The track is okay but runs long. In addition, the chorus is nothing to write home about and the lyrics are simply okay. The song is average at best, and is a disappointment.

Fortunately, the album picks up steam again and keeps going strong from here on out. "Seven Seas," is laced with soothing melodies and a loving chorus. Babyface swoons that he would do anything to show his love. The track is built nicely with solid lyrics. It could have been a great song but unfortunately, it depends a little too heavily on its chorus, making it merely a good number.

"The Day (That You Gave Me A Son)," is the title track and really makes the album. While other tracks are well done, Babyface constructed this song out of love for his future son and it shows throughout. The song has a minimal beat except for a piano that adds to the mood. The lyrics are well written and come from the heart, embodying the feeling of finding out one's a father. Babyface's vocals further ensure the song's top notch quality as he sings with such emotion and will that the song resonates with feeling.

The ninth track on the album, "How Come, How Long" is a solid duet between Stevie Wonder and Babyface. Stevie's first verse lacks some of his usual flair but when the bridge comes around, he really goes wild and reminds you of what made him so great. Combine Babyface's solid writing and vocals with Stevie Wonder's emotion and you've got a great song. Singing about spousal abuse, the two artists work wonderfully together.

To send the album off, Babyface brings in more big guns, teaming up with LL Cool J and Howard Hewett. The three of them handle the song well, though LL Cool J gets to carry the meat of the track. LL's part is pretty good, though Hewett does a great job on the bridge. Babyface also puts in some good contributions, making for an enjoyable track all around.

tl;dr: The album features some good tracks with big name guest artists. while a few tracks disappoint, the album carries its fair share of solid jams. As such, this is a good album that has the potential to be great.