Vibe - 10/96, p.153
"...Hammond's throbbing, sand-in-satin vocals and commanding musical intelligence have conjured up the sensitive, understanding loverman girls yearn for and smart boys emulate..."
Personnel: Beres Hammond (vocals); Shaggy, Dream Warriors (vocals); Sonia Collymore, Lorraine Scott, Chevelle Franklin, Brian Gold, Tony Gold, Pam Hall, J.C. Lodge, Timi Nolan (background vocals); Flabba Holt, Franklin "Bubbler" Wall, Mikey Bennett, Rohan Dwyer, Steve Golding, Christopher Birch, Dean Fraser, Sly Dunbar, Robbie Lyn, Donald Dennis, Dwight Pickney, Danny Browne, Paul Crosdale, David Madden, Robbie Shakespeare, Sticky Thompson, Monty Alexander, Nambo Robinson, Chico Chin, Wrong Move, Birch, Firehouse Crew.
Producers include: Flabba Holt, Mikey Bennett, Beres Hammond, Richard Bell, Collin "Bulby" York.
Personnel: Beres Hammond (background vocals); Chevelle Franklin, Lorraine Scott, Tony Gold, Brian & Tony Gold (background vocals).
Audio Mixers: Collin "Bulbie" York; Errol "Flabba" Holt; Rohan Dwyer; Barry O'Hare.
Recording information: Black Scorpio Studios, Kingston, Jamaica; Cell Block Recording, Kingston, Jamaica; Grafton Studios, Kingston, Jamaica; Leggo Recording Studio, Kingston, Jamaica; Music Works Recording Studio, Kingston, Jamaica.
Editor: Paul Shields.
Photographer: William Richards.
Unknown Contributor Role: Rohan Dwyer.
By the middle of the '90s, Beres Hammond had settled on a predictable pattern for his albums, and Love from a Distance is no different than any of his previous few releases. This is both for better and for worse. Hammond is one of the finest and most soulful reggae vocalists, so it is a pleasure to simply hear him sing. However, the production is careless and the songs are uneven, which makes the record a frustrating listen. Still, tracks like "Sweet Lies" and "Take Time to Love," which features guest vocals by Shaggy, are first-rate and there are enough strong songs to satisfy fans, even though there aren't enough to win him new ones. ~ Stephen Thomas Erlewine