Entertainment Weekly - 4/26/96, p.57
"...for SWV, the whole is greater than the sum of the parts..." - Rating: B
The Source - 7/96, p.94
"...NEW BEGINNING offers the listener a much more comprehensive sense of this group's creative drive..."
SWV: Cheryl "Coko" Gamble, Tamara "Taj" Johnson, LeAnne "Lelee" Lyons (vocals).
Additional personnel includes: Erick Sermon, Ishmael "Ish Butter/Fly" Butler (rap vocals); Herb Middleton, Chucky Thompson (various instruments); Bernard Grobeman, Angelo Quaglia, James T. Smith (guitar); Anthony "Reezmo" Burroughs, Joel Campbell (keyboards, Fender Rhodes); Allen "Allstar" Gordon, Jr. (keyboards, bass); Brian Alexander Morgan (keyboards, drums, percussion); Daryl Simmons, Genard "Getn Payd" Parker (keyboards, drum programming); Ralph Stacy (synthesizer); Glen Ellis, Dwight Watkins (bass).
Producers include: Herb Middleton, Allen "Allstar" Gordon, Jr., Erick Sermon, Brian Alexander Morgan, Daryl Simmons.
Engineers include: Mark Partis, Angelo Qualgia, Andrew Blakelock.
Personnel: LeAnne Lyons, Cheryl Gamble (vocals, background vocals); Erick Sermon, Ishmael Butler (rap vocals); Bernard Grobman (guitar); Anthony Burroughs, Joel Campbell (Fender Rhodes piano, keyboards); Brian Alexander Morgan (keyboards, drums); Genard Parker (keyboards, drum programming); Ralph Stacy (synthesizer); Daryl Simmons (keyboard programming, drum programming); Tamara Johnson (background vocals).
Audio Mixers: Dave Way; Sean Devereaux; Grant Austin; Mark Partis; Andy Blakelock; Ken Schubert; Lane Craven; Larry Funk; Tony Maserati ; Brian Alexander Morgan.
Recording information: Battery Recording Studios, NY; B-Section, Laguna Beach, CA; Capitol Records, Hollywood, CA; Cue Studios, Fall Church, VA; D.A.R.P. Studios, Atlanta, GA; Daddy's House Recordings, New York, NY; Head Up Recording Studios, NJ; Hit City Studio, New York, NY; Quad Recording Studio, New York, NY; Sound On Sound Recording Studios, NY; Soundtrack Studios, New York, NY; Unique Recording Studios, New York, NY.
Editors: Angelo Quaglia; Matthias Heilbronn.
Photographer: Michael Lavine.
This follow-up to the platinum-selling debut IT'S ABOUT TIME doesn't stray too far from SWV's R&B-meets-pop appeal, but experience and maturity add depth to a second album that a lot of people thought would never come out. This really does sound like a NEW BEGINNING. From start to finish, the focus is on love, as the titles make quite clear: "Where Is The Love," "Love Is So Amazin'," "You Are My Love," "I'm So In Love"). But the production is diverse, drawing fine lines from one song to the next. And while Coko's lead vocals dominated the debut album, here she takes a backseat to bandmates Taj and Lelee on "New Beginning (Interlude)," "It's All About U" and "Don't Waste Your Time," giving the trio a richer, fuller sound this time around.