No Regrets

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All Music Guide - William Ruhlmann
Elisabeth Withers had built up some career momentum, breaking through from being a backup singer to earning a Tony nomination for The Color Purple and issuing her debut solo album, It Can Happen to Anyone on Blue Note in 2007 when she decided to take a hiatus after discovering that she was spending so much time on her career that her young daughter thought the nanny was her mommy. Having achieved a better balance between her personal and professional lives, she is back three-and-three-quarters years later with No Regrets, on which she seems to be trying to strike a different kind of balance, that between an old-school soul singer like Anita Baker and a hip-hop/R&B ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - William Ruhlmann
Elisabeth Withers had built up some career momentum, breaking through from being a backup singer to earning a Tony nomination for The Color Purple and issuing her debut solo album, It Can Happen to Anyone on Blue Note in 2007 when she decided to take a hiatus after discovering that she was spending so much time on her career that her young daughter thought the nanny was her mommy. Having achieved a better balance between her personal and professional lives, she is back three-and-three-quarters years later with No Regrets, on which she seems to be trying to strike a different kind of balance, that between an old-school soul singer like Anita Baker and a hip-hop/R&B singer like Beyoncé. As usual with this kind of disc, the vocalist puts herself in the hands of series of writer/producer/multi-instrumentalists (Bob Antoine, Ivan Barias, Barry Eastmond, Toby Gad, Peter Lord) who construct remarkably similar sounding musical tracks with overloud drum programming into which she gets shoehorned, alternately singing simplistic, self-affirming platitudes and love songs of the happy, unhappy, and hopeful varieties. Withers herself gets co-songwriting credit on many of the tracks, underscoring her acquiescence in this musical servitude. The most "commercial" (which is to say, the least original or interesting) tracks are sequenced upfront, and it's not until the middle of CD that the singer begins to throw off her shackles and show what she can do with her smoky alto. The sixth song, "Need Love," has more individuality than anything that has gone before; "Rock & Rain" has dancefloor possibilities; and "Bittersweet," a duet with Gordon Chambers, finds the two singers sparking each other to excellent effect. Songs like these give some indication of Withers' abilities and point to what this album could have been if she had trusted her talent more and her producers less.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 9/14/2010
  • Label: Koch Records
  • UPC: 099923209621
  • Catalog Number: 2096
  • Sales rank: 156,565

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 No Regrets (3:56)
  2. 2 Dream (3:42)
  3. 3 I Believe (3:33)
  4. 4 Take Me Back (4:52)
  5. 5 I Remember (3:10)
  6. 6 Need Love (5:17)
  7. 7 Rock & Rain (3:48)
  8. 8 Why (3:37)
  9. 9 Bittersweet (3:08)
  10. 10 Alright (3:36)
  11. 11 Say It Now (4:31)
  12. 12 Because I Love You (3:40)
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
Elisabeth Withers Primary Artist, Vocals, Background Vocals
Gordon Chambers Vocals, Background Vocals
Barry J. Eastmond Keyboards
Conya Doss Background Vocals
Carvin "Ransum" Haggins Background Vocals
Jean Baylor Background Vocals
Johnnie "Smurf" Smith Keyboards
Curt Chambers Guitar
Leonard "E-Flat" Stephens Keyboards
Al Irvin Background Vocals
Technical Credits
Gordon Chambers Composer, Vocal Arrangements
Barry J. Eastmond Composer, Producer, Engineer, drum programming
Peter Lord Producer, Engineer, Instrumentation
Peter Lord Moreland Composer
Elisabeth Withers Arranger, Composer, Producer, Executive Producer, Vocal Arrangements, Vocal Producer
Bob Antoine Composer, Producer, Engineer, Instrumentation
Conya Doss Composer
Ivan "Orthodox" Barias Composer, Producer, Instrumentation
Carvin "Ransum" Haggins Arranger, Composer, Producer, Engineer, Vocal Producer
Jean Baylor Arranger, Composer, Vocal Producer
Arnold Mischkulnig Mastering
Johnnie "Smurf" Smith Composer, Instrumentation
Toby Gad Composer, Producer, Engineer, Instrumentation
Damon Mendes Executive Producer
Curt Chambers Composer
Russell Johnson Executive Producer
Kostadin Kamcev Engineer
George Littlejohn Executive Producer
Mr. Andrew Kelley Art Direction
Clarence Blakely Composer, Producer
Leonard Stephens Composer
Ali Irvin Engineer
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