Entertainment Weekly - 3/27/92, p.74
"..more mature and together on their seven newly recorded cover versions.." - Rating: B
Q - 5/92, p.743 Stars
- Good - "..The Commitments are one of the best cover bands because they give something of themselves to each song instead of merely trying to copy the unbeatable original.."
Personnel includes: Andrew Strong, Robert Atkins, Angeline Ball (vocals), Paul Bushnell (bass, arrangements), Conor Brady (guitar), Eamonn Flynn (keyboards), Ronan Dooney (trumpet), Felim Gormley (alto saxophone), Carl Geraghty (tenor and baritone saxophone), Robbie Casserly, Fran Deehan (drums), Alex Acuna (percussion), Mitchell Froom (keyboards).
Music from the motion picture "The Commitments" and 7 newly recorded tracks.
Personnel: Angeline Ball, Niamh Kavanagh (vocals, background vocals); Andrew Strong, Robert Arkins, John Hughes (vocals); Conor Brady (guitar); Felim Gormley (alto saxophone); Carl Geraghty (tenor saxophone, baritone saxophone); Ronan Dooney (trumpet); Eamonn Flynn, Mitchell Froom (keyboards); Fran Breehan, Robbie Casserly (drums); Alex Acu¤a (percussion); Maria Doyle (background vocals).
Audio Mixers: Kevin Killen; Paul Bushnell .
Recording information: Ocean Way Recording Studios, Hollywood, CA; Ringsend Road Studios, Dublin, Ireland.
Photographer: David Appleby.
Arranger: Paul Bushnell .
Alan Parker's 1991 film The Commitments - a warm-hearted comedy about a group of soul-loving Irish working musicians - turned into such a hit at the box office and on the music charts that it warranted a second soundtrack. And so, a few months after the first soundtrack The Commitments, Vol. 2 arrived, rounding up the handful of songs from the movie that didn't make the first volume, then adding seven new recordings by the same band, all '60s soul standards that could have easily fit in the film if there was only space. It is perhaps the purest definition of "more of the same" as can be had: despite the gap of time between the two sessions, there is nothing different or unexpected here, just classic R&B and soul performed with respect and competency. If you respond to the former, this can be fun; if you hear the latter, this is plain and forgettable. ~ Stephen Thomas Erlewine