Personnel: Cher (vocals); Andrew Gold (vocals, guitar, acoustic guitar, 12-string guitar, background vocals); Desmond Child, Myriam Naomi Valle, Gene Miller, Jimmy Demers, Wendy Matthews, Patricia Darcy, Jason Scheff, Jon Lind, Maria Vidal, Michael Anthony , Peter Blakeley, Robin Beck, John Fiore, Diane Warren, Bonnie Tyler, Brenda Russell (vocals, background vocals); Louis Merlino, Michael Bolton (vocals); Richard Wachtel, Glenn Sciurba, Gene Black, Ronnie Mancuso, John McCurry, John Putnam, Michael Landau, Michael Thompson , Steve Lukather, Waddy Wachtel, Blues Saraceno (guitar); John Putman (acoustic guitar, electric guitar); Dan Higgins (saxophone); John Andrew Shreiner, John Schreiner (piano, synthesizer); Allan St. John, Guy Roche, John Gilutin, Alan Pasqua, Alan St. Jon, Phillip Ashley, Robbie Buchanan (keyboards); Jim Lang, Eric Rehl (synthesizer); Mark Williams (drums, tambourine, percussion); Tom Perme, John Keane, Bobby Chouinard, Carlos Vega (drums); Michael Fisher, Peter Asher, Bashiri Johnson , Debra Dobkin (percussion); Kyle Gordon, Suzie Benson, Pauline Frechette, Wendy Fraser, Stephanie Spruill, Vicki Sue Robinson, Jean McClain (background vocals).
The lady can rock. There is no question about that, and this album is one of several from her catalog that serve as a testament to that fact. Even the opening single, "If I Could Turn Back Time," has a crunchy texture to it, albeit in a poppy, '80s Starship sort of arrangement. Cher recruited some heavy-hitters for this release, including Steve Lukather (Toto), Desmond Child, and Andrew Gold. Not all of the album is hard-edged rockers -- witness the effective ballad "Just Like Jesse James" -- but all of it has an honesty and gritty edge that separates it from some of the more modern Cher material. When you hear the strength of the vocal performance here, it makes you wonder why the producers choose to tinker with her voice in the late '90s and early 2000s. She certainly doesn't need any help holding a tune. This one seems a bit dated in retrospect, with the sound certainly tied to pop/rock of the late '80s, but the performance and musical integrity, not to mention strong songwriting, really set the album apart as one of Cher's strongest. ~ Gary Hill