JazzTimes - 5/02, p.147
"...Melodramatic, chewy fun..."
Personnel includes: Regina Belle, Glenn Jones (vocals); MC Lyte (rap vocals); Sam Sims, Darrell Smith, Chris Robinson, Bernard Belle (various instruments); Phil Hamilton (acoustic & electric guitars); Craig McReary (guitar); Barry J. Eastmond (keyboards, programming); Kevin Randolph (keyboards); Ira Antelis (synthesizer); George Fontanette (programming); Marvel Allen, Robin Robinson,
Will Downing (background vocals).
Producers include: Barry Eastmond, Ira Antelis, Chris Robinson, Frayne Lewis, Sam Sims.
Engineers include: Eric Yoder, Jon Seller, Rick Norman.
Recorded at Basamp, Atlanta, Georgia; Planet Sound, Hartford, Connecticut; Engine, Chicago, Illinois; East Bay, Tarrytown, New York; The B Room Studios, Teaneck, New Jersey.
THIS IS REGINA! was nominated for the 2002 Grammy Award for Best Traditional R&B Vocal Album.
Personnel: Regina Belle (vocals, background vocals); MC Lyte (rap vocals); Phil Hamilton (guitar, acoustic guitar); Darrell Smith (keyboards, programming); Barry J. Eastmond (keyboards, drum programming); Kevin Randolph (keyboards); Ira Antelis (synthesizer); Chris Robinson (programming, drum programming, background vocals); Sam Sims (programming, drum programming); Robin Robinson , Marvel Allen, Will Downing, Steve Robinson (background vocals).
Audio Mixers: Craig Burbidge; Rick Fritz; Barry J. Eastmond.
Recording information: Basamp Studio, Atlanta, GA; East Bay Recording, Tarrytown, NY; Engine Studios, Chicago, IL; Planet sound, Hartford, CT; Right Track Studios, NY; The B Room, Teaneck, NJ.
Translator: Maria Eastmond.
Arrangers: Regina Belle; Barry J. Eastmond.
This Is Regina follows in the traditional Regina Belle formula: lush, sophisticated quiet storm ballads, augmented by Belle's strong, warm, elegant, inviting vocals. The album steers clear of anything too adventurous, which is just fine, because Belle's fans have come to love her for her reliability as an old friend who returns every few years with a fresh set of new, yet familiar songs. The album begins with the pleasantly sexy "Oooh Boy," then leads into a several pretty ballads, notably the sweeping "From Now On," which recalls her American chart-topper "A Whole New World." Highlights include the funky, smooth, sexy "Don't Wanna Go Home Now," which could be safely classified as adult contemporary club music and recalls Koffee Brown's 2001 hit "After Party." "Johnny's Back" is an endearing, shuffling little tune about, well, Johnny coming home, and possesses a warm, adult innocence rare in popular music. The album also features a more modern-sounding tune, "La Da Di," which, for better or worse, brings to mind Destiny's Child and features a rap courtesy of MC Lyte. In short, save for a few left turns, this adequately titled album is pure Regina Belle and will undoubtedly please the sophisticated songstress' many fans. ~ Jose F. Promis