Rolling Stone - 8/30/01, p.1253 stars out of 5
- "...This sounds more like peak '70s Pretenders than anyone in black music history....HOW DO I does that rare thing: It provides an original direction..."
Q - May 2002, p.1193 out of 5 stars
- "...Res offers a hotchpotch of musical styles....one minute swooping soulfully, the next a husky mutter..."
NME (Magazine) - 4/6/02, p.347 out of 10
- "...[Res] can probably only be understood...in relevance to a life lived as a classically trained prodigy who gets as much from '70s soul as Pearl Jam..."
Personnel includes: Res (vocals); Doc (guitar, bass, programming); Soul Fingaz (keyboards); Kobe (bass); Chuck Treece (drums); Steven Murray (programming).
Producers: Doc, A Kid Called Roots, Bose, Mr. Khaliyl.
Engineers include: Tom DeKorte, Blair Robb, Tony Prendatt.
Recorded at TMF Studios, Quad Recording Studios, Black Corners, and Battery Studios, New York, New York.
Personnel: Kim Kobeck (vocals, background vocals); Doc (guitar, keyboards, programming); Chuck Treece (drums); Steven Murray (drum programming); Paulette McWilliams (background vocals).
Audio Mixers: Chris Taylor; Neil Pogue; Jan Fairchild.
Recording information: Battery Studio, New York, NY; Battery Studios, New York, NY; Black Corners; Quad Recording Studios, New York, NY; TMF Studios, New York, NY.
Photographer: Ellen Von Unwerth.
Res is ostensibly a contemporary R&B singer, but in actuality that's about as informative (and accurate) as calling Radiohead a modern rock band. She shares some of the roots-conscious sensibility of history-respecting artists like Maxwell and Musiq Soulchild, but she ranges far beyond merely updating '70s soul grooves with hip-hop production tricks. Her lyrics are thoughtful and carefully constructed (more than one can say for many of her less creative contemporaries), and her musical palette is wide-ranging. HOW I DO's eclectic melding of styles owes as much to pop and rock as it does to R&B, ultimately creating a fresh new musical paradigm. The resultant crossover appeal should (if there's any justice) make Res appealing to the pop/rock crowd as well as to those who paper their walls with life-size photos of Macy Gray and Sunshine Anderson.