- Released: June 18, 1996
- Label: UMVD Special Markets
- 1.This Time Around
- 2.Better Days Ahead
- 3.After The Love Is Gone
- 4.Places In The Heart
- 5.Third World
- 6.Come Closer To Me
- 9.Your Body's Callin'
- 10.Facts Of Love
Personnel: Norman Brown (vocals, guitar); Lynne Fiddmont-Linsy, Bridgette Bryant (vocals); Herman Jackson (piano, keyboards, programming); Gail Johnson (organ, keyboards, synthesizer); Wayne Linsey (keyboards); Larry Kimpel, James Manning (bass); Rayford Griffin (drums); Darryl Munyungo Jackson (percussion); Arnold McCuller, Neron Thomas (background vocals).
Earth, Wind And Fire Horns: Raymond Brown, Gary Bias, Reginald Young (horns).
The Characters: Troy Taylor (various instruments, programming, background vocals); Charles Farrar (various instruments).
Producers: Norman Brown (tracks 1-8); Troy Taylor, Charles Farrar (track 9); Norman Brown, Troy Taylor, Charles Farrar (track 10).
Engineers: Michael Vail Blum, Ralph Sutton, Lou Ortiz.
Personnel: Norman Brown (vocals, guitar); Lynn Fiddmont, Bridgette Bryant (vocals, background vocals); Earth, Wind & Fire, Reggie C. Young , Gary Bias, Ray Brown (horns); Herman Jackson (piano, keyboards, synthesizer, drum programming); Gail Jhonson (organ, keyboards, synthesizer); Wayne Linsey (keyboards); Ray Griffin (drums); Munyungo Jackson (percussion); Troy Taylor (drum programming, background vocals); Neron Thomas, Lynne Fiddmont, Arnold McCuller (background vocals).
Audio Mixers: Lou Ortiz; Michael Vail Blum.
Recording information: In Your Ear Recording, Los Angeles, CA; Larrabee Studio, West Hollywood, CA; Larrabee Studios, West Hollywoo; Oceanway Recording Studio, Holl; Record Plant Recording Studio, Hollywood, CA; The Mu; Titan Studio, Van Nuys, CA.
Photographer: Carol Friedman.
Arrangers: Herman Jackson; Norman Brown; Troy Taylor.
Although it isn't as focused or direct as After the Storm, Better Days Ahead showcases Norman Brown's growth as a musician. Brown seamlessly fuses jazz, R&B, pop, and soul together, creating a distinctive hybrid that has the technique of an accomplished jazz musician and the accessibility of pop. The songs on Better Days Ahead aren't quite as memorable as those on After the Storm, but Brown's dazzling ability on the guitar makes it worthwhile listening. ~ Stephen Thomas Erlewine