Rolling Stone - 12/23/93, p.151
"...As kids SWV (Sisters With Voices) fantasized about New Edition. More potent than they're daydreaming was the vocal skill they honed in the hallways of Brooklyn and Bronx schools...they debut sassily with 15 cuts that mix mellow R&B, smooth-edged New Jack production and grittier rap-inflected delights...."
Q - 11/93, p.1373 Stars
- Good - "...SWV's harmonies and [producer Brian] Morgan's songs make it a pleasure to be spoonfed..."
SWV: Cheryl Gamble, Leanne Lyons, Tamara Johnson (vocals, rap vocals, dialogue).
Additional personnel: MC Maestro, Saphreem King (rap vocals); John T. Smith (guitar); Brian Alexander Morgan, Genard Parker (keyboards, drum programming); Rex Rideout (keyboards); Ronald Bostick (bass); Roey Shamir, Kenny Love, Donald "Dee" Bowden (drum programming).
Producers: Genard Parker, Michael Brown, Saphreem King, Donald "Dee" Bowden, Brian A. Morgan.
Engineers include: Pat Green, Ernie Lake, Grant Austin.
SWV (Sisters With Voices) were nominated for a 1994 Grammy Award as "Best New Artist."
Personnel: LeAnne Lyons, Tamara Johnson, Cheryl Gamble (vocals, rap vocals, background vocals); Brian Alexander Morgan (vocals, keyboards, programming, drum programming); Pharrell Williams (rap vocals); John T. Smith (guitar); Genard Parker (keyboards, programming, drum programming); Michael Brown (keyboards, drum programming); Rex Rideout (keyboards); Ken Love, Kenny Love (programming); Dee Donald Bowden (drum programming).
Audio Mixers: Ernie Lake; Mike Warner; Roey Shamir; Genard Parker; Bob Alleca; Michael Brown ; Larry Funk; Bobby "Dub" Allecca; Brian Alexander Morgan.
Audio Remixers: Franklin Grant; Teddy Riley.
Recording information: Bam Jam Studios, Sacramento, CA; Greensweep Recording Studio, Sacramento, CA; Hillside Recording Studios, Englewood, NJ; Home Boy Recording Studio, New York, NY; Quad Recording Studios, New York, NY; Quadrasonic Sound Studios, New York, NY; Reel Platinum Studios, Lodi, NJ; Reel Tyme Recording, Hit City Studio, New York, NY; Sacramento, CA; Studio B, Sacramento, CA; Unique Recording Studio, New York, NY.
Editors: Greg Royal; Kenny Ort¡z.
Photographer: Brad Guice.
Arrangers: Adrian Steele; Genard Parker; Eric Hightower.
SWV (Sisters With Voices) electrified the urban contemporary world with It's About Time. Their deep, sensual harmonies, sometimes naughty lyrics and aggressive style immediately struck a responsive chord, particularly among male fans. Their CD shows their versatility, as they handled New Jack tunes, romantic ballads like "It's About Time," and sassy, innuendo-laden fare such as "Blak Pudd'n" and "That's What I Need." Their hits "Weak" and "Right Here" had the same blend of heat and vulnerability that underscore the best En Vogue material, and even though this CD was padded by remixes and repeats, it was still among the finest debuts issued in 1992. ~ Ron Wynn