- Released: June 5, 2001
- Label: Sbme Special Mkts.
Q - Summer/01, p.1103 stars out of 5
- "...Not bad at all....'A little Bit' and 'What's It Gonna BE' are multi-layered treats..."
- 2.A Little Bit
- 3.Forever in Your Eyes
- 4.There You Were
- 5.What's It Gonna Be
- 6.When You Told Me You Loved Me
- 7.Hot Like Fire
- 9.To Fall in Love Again
- 10.For Your Love
- 11.I Never
- 12.His Eye Is on the Sparrow
Personnel includes: Jessica Simpson, Marc Anthony (vocals); Mats Berntoft, Chieli Minucci (guitar); Paul Sheyne, Jeanette Olsson (background vocals).
Producers include: Louis Biancaniello, Sam Watters, Rhett Lawrence, Ric Wake, Rodney "Darkchild" Jenkins.
Engineers include: Dave Scheuer, Steve MacMillan, Paul Foley.
Personnel: RL (guitar, programming, drum programming); Chieli Minucci, Ira Segal, Mats Berntoft, Marcelo Berestovoy (guitar); Stockholm Session Orchestra (strings); Walter Afanasieff (keyboards, drums, programming); Greg Bieck (keyboards, programming, drum programming); Louis Biancaniello (keyboards, programming); Troy Oliver (keyboards, keyboard programming); Corey Rooney (keyboards, drum programming); Loren Dawson (keyboards); Bernard Belle (bass guitar); Richie Jones (drums, percussion, programming); Jason Bonilla (programming); Eric Kupper (keyboard programming); Sharlotte Gibson, Sam Watters, Janie Barnett, Kandice Love, Margaret Dorn (background vocals).
Audio Mixers: Dan Hetzel; Mick Guzauski; RL; Richie Jones; Tom Bender; Tony Maserati .
Recording information: CelloStudios, Hollywood, CA; Murlyn Studios, Stockholm, Sweden; Sony Music Studios, New York, NY; Sony Scoring Stages, Culver City, CA; the Record Plant, Hollywood, CA; WallyWorld Studios, CA.
Photographers: Alberto Tolot; Jeff Bender.
Arrangers: Sam Watters; Corey Rooney; Loren Dawson; Louis Biancaniello; Rhett Lawrence; Richie Jones; William Ross ; Walter Afanasieff.
Jessica Simpson was just 17 when she made her successful debut album. This followup makes it plain that she and her music have matured, with tracks ranging from straight-up, danceable pop to harder, groove-laden funk, R&B, ballads, and even gospel. Collaborating with such notables as Marc Anthony, Nick Lahey of 98 Degrees, Walter Afanasieff (Celine Dion) and Corey Rooney (Jennifer Lopez), Jessica is claiming her stake in the industry with this release.
The title track lives up to its name, a slice of hook-filled R&B-flavored pop. The same goes for "A Little Bit," where Simpson demands that her man takes care of his share and that "a little bit goes a long way." "There You Were" (a duet With Marc Anthony) is a well-crafted ballad. The other ballads hold up just as well, particularly "For Your Love," in which Jessica sounds like a seasoned veteran. On harder tracks like "Hot Like Fire" and "What's It Gonna Be," Simpson asserts herself and refuses to be played by a playa. Jessica's been singing gospel since she was young, and goes back to her roots on "His Eye Is On The Sparrow," piping out a large dose of soul.