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*** 1/2 BABYFACE, "The Day," Epic. This ballad-intensive album is long on the soothing, roses-and-candlelight romanticism that sets Babyface apart from most of his hip-hop-oriented compatriots.


Albums and other items in the Gift Guide are rated on a scale of one star (poor), two stars (fair), three stars (good) and four stars (excellent).

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