The Day (Babyface album)

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The Day
Studio album by Babyface
Released October 29, 1996
Recorded 1995–1996
Genre R&B
Length 46:12
Label Epic
Producer Kenneth "Babyface" Edmonds
Babyface chronology
For the Cool in You
(1993)
The Day
(1996)
Unplugged
(1997)
Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
Allmusic 4.5/5 stars[1]
Entertainment Weekly A− [2]
Los Angeles Times 3.5/4 stars [3]
The New York Times (Mixed) [4]
The Village Voice A− [5]
The Rolling Stone Album Guide 3.5/5 stars[6]

The Day is the fourth studio album by R&B artist, Babyface. It was produced by the artist himself, and includes a handful of guest artist like Mariah Carey, Stevie Wonder, Kenny G, LL Cool J, Eric Clapton, and a reunion of hit 70s-80s trio Shalamar.

At the 40th Grammy Awards in 1997 this album received four nominations including Album of the Year (losing to Bob Dylan's Time Out of Mind)[7] Best R&B Album (losing to Erykah Badu's Baduizm)[8] and Best Male Pop Vocal Performance for the second single (and biggest hit) "Every Time I Close My Eyes" (losing to Elton John's "Candle in the Wind").[9] Also the third single, a collaboration with Stevie Wonder titled "How Come, How Long" received a nod for Best Pop Collaboration with Vocals. The singles "This is for the Lover in You" and "Every Time I Close My Eyes" both reached No. 6 on the Billboard Hot 100.

The album peaked at No. 6 on the Billboard 200 chart and No. 4 in the Top R&B/Hip-Hop Albums.[10] In 1997, the album was certified 2× Platinum by the Recording Industry Association of America.[11]

Track listing[edit]

No. Title Writer(s) Length
1. "Every Time I Close My Eyes" (featuring Mariah Carey with Kenny G) Kenneth "Babyface" Edmonds 4:56
2. "Talk to Me" (featuring Eric Clapton) Edmonds 4:54
3. "I Said I Love You"   Edmonds 4:05
4. "When Your Body Gets Weak"   Edmonds 5:40
5. "Simple Days"   Edmonds, Robbie Nevil, Emanuel Officer, Bradley Spalter 4:31
6. "All Day Thinkin'"   Edmonds 4:23
7. "Seven Seas"   Edmonds, Marc Nelson 4:02
8. "The Day (That You Gave Me a Son)"   Edmonds 4:29
9. "How Come, How Long" (featuring Stevie Wonder) Edmonds, Stevie Wonder 5:15
10. "This Is for the Lover in You" (featuring LL Cool J, Howard Hewett, Jody Watley, and Jeffrey Daniels) Howard Hewett, Dana Meyers 5:26
Bonus tracks (2001 reissue)
No. Title Writer(s) Length
11. "Every Time I Close My Eyes" (Timbaland Remix) Edmonds 4:50
12. "Every Time I Close My Eyes" (Urban Soul Basement Mix) Edmonds 4:40
13. "This Is for the Lover in You" (Honey Lookin' Laced Extended Remix) Hewett, Meyers 5:26

Personnel[edit]

  • Produced by: Babyface (except "All Day Thinkin'" co-produced by Gerald Baillergeau; "Simple Days" co-produced by Bradley; and "This Is For The Lover In You" co-produced by LL Cool J, Trackmasters, Bryce Wilson)
  • Engineered by Brad Gilderman and Thom Russo
  • Mixed by Jon Gass, Mick Guzauski and Bob Brockmann
  • Strings on "The Day" engineered by Humberto Gatica
  • Background vocals on "Every Time I Close My Eyes" engineered by Mike Scott
  • Recorded at The Tracken Place, Beverly Hills, CA and The Record Plant, Hollywood CA.
  • Mastered by Eddy Schreyer at Oasis Mastering
  • MIDI Programmer: Randy Walker
  • Production coordinator: Ivy Skoff
  • Art direction: Bennet/Novak and company
  • Design: Vincent Oto
  • Booklet and Spike Photography: Anton Corbijn
  • Cover photography: Beisig and Taylor
  • Styling: Bernard C. Jacobs
  • Grooming: Melvonne
  • Hair: Tim Carter

Charts[edit]

References[edit]

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