Vibe - 10/97, p.162
"...a retro nostalgic throwback to their heyday in the 1970s and '80s....IN THE NAME OF LOVE is like revisiting a fresh yet familiar face, one that soothes, satisfies, and makes you smile from the inside out..."
Earth, Wind & Fire: Sheldon M. Reynolds (vocals, guitar); Maurice White, Philip Bailey (vocals); Morris Pleasure (voice box, keyboards); Verdine White (bass); Sonny Emory (drums, programming, background vocals); Ralph Johnson (background vocals).
The Earth, Wind & Fire Horns: Scott Mayo (saxophone); Ray Brown (trumpet); Reggie Young (trombone).
Additional personnel includes: Sir James Bailey (rap vocals); Bill Meyers (strings, keyboards, synthesizer, programming); Jerry Hey, Gary Grant (trumpet, flugelhorn); Michael "Patches" Stewart (trumpet); William Frank Reichenbach (trombone); Andrew Klippel (keyboards, programming); Lenny Castro, Paulinho Da Costa (percussion); Carl Carlwell (background vocals).
Recorded at Sony Studios, Santa Monica, California and1 Sunset Sound, Hollywood, California.
Earth, Wind & Fire: Maurice White, Morris Pleasure, Philip Bailey, Ralph Johnson , Sheldon Reynolds, Verdine White.
Personnel: Sheldon M. Reynolds (vocals, guitar); Ralph Boyd Johnson (vocals, percussion); Maurice White, Philip Bailey (vocals); Scott Mayo (saxophone); Ray Brown (trumpet); Reggie C. Young (trombone); Morris Pleasure (keyboards); Sonny Emory (drums).
Audio Mixers: Don Murray ; Jerry Jordan; Carmen Rizzo.
Audio Remixer: Paul Klingberg.
Recording information: Sony Studios, Santa Monica, CA; Sunset Sound, Hollywood, CA.
Editor: Steve Hall .
The 1997 version of EWF launches its album with a jarring, unexpected drum thwack in the first bar of the first song, suggesting that the dynamics of modern hip-hop and even modern rock have not passed by this funk institution. The band quickly drops back into its tried-and-true love-song formation, though, giving most of the album over to creamy-voiced Philip Bailey who urges other men to keep their love in their lives, and tries to convince a woman that he's the true love in hers. There are occasional new-school funk beats, and old-school blasts aplenty from the EWF horns, but the album belongs to Bailey. His showcase ballad "Cruising," which if you close your eyes can evoke memories of the great "Reasons," should finally erase all memories of Phil Collins from EWF fans' minds.