Entertainment Weekly - 10/27/00, p.120
"...When LaBelle picks up the tempo on retro-disco twirlers like 'Time Will' she infuses the hackneyed lyrics with new attitude." - Rating: B-
Vibe - 12/00, p.2084 stars out of 5
- "...Like eating 12 slices of gooey chocolate butter cake....LaBelle takes her hot-dogging to a whole 'nother level..."
This is an Enhanced CD which contains regular audio tracks as well as multimedia computer files.
Personnel includes: Patti LaBelle (vocals); Mike Scott, Ali Bourdris (guitar); "Big" Jim Wright, Khris Kellow (keyboards, background vocals); Paul Johnson (bass); Brian Kendrick (drums); Alex Richbourg, Seneca Cayson (programming); Jamecia Bennet, Lisa Kieth, Sue Ann Carwell, Ann Nesby, Jackie Smiley, Julie Delgado, Carl Carwell, Bobby Payne, Damascene Pierre (background vocals).
Producers: Jimmy Jam, Terry Lewis, Khris Kellow, Hex Hector, Mac Qualye.
Engineers include: Ali Bourdris, Mario Luccy, Mac Quayle.
Personnel: Patti LaBelle (vocals, background vocals); Ann Nesby (vocals, background vocals); Ali Boudris (guitar); Khris Kellow, James "Big Jim" Wright (keyboards, background vocals); Alexander Richbourg (drum programming); Carl Carwell, Jackie Simley, Lisa Keith, Sue Ann Carwell (background vocals).
Audio Mixers: Mario Lucy; Mac Quayle; Steve Hodge.
Recording information: Fibre Studios, New York, NY; Flyte Tyme studios, Edina, MN; Realsongs Studio D, Hollywood, CA.
Photographer: Keith Major.
Arrangers: Hex Hector; Mac Quayle; Terry Lewis.
This concept album is a meditation on affairs of the heart that's held together by a series of spoken word segments, such as Patti LaBelle answering the phone, entertaining girlfriends, or just talking to herself. The ubiquitous Diane Warren wrote all the songs and the estimable team of Jimmy Jam and Terry Lewis handles most of the production.
WHEN A WOMAN LOVES continues in the vein of LaBelle's previous album, FLAME, in that it's dominated by power ballads that give LaBelle the opportunity to wail in her patented super-diva style. The recording practically captures the sound of her fluttering, emotional hand movements in numbers like the title tune, "Make Tonight Beautiful," or her barn-burning remake of Taylor Dayne's "Love Will Lead You Back."