I read some time ago,somewhere,on the web or on a music magazine
about this excellent offering "This is Regina",which probably didn't get,at the very beginning,the right and the wide attention that it deserved.
I bought it lately,on the wave of a massive airplay on all the smooth jazz radio stations.
I must say that I like this album and I think that Ms.Belle is doing a great job also on this side of the Atlantic,gathering together her love of funk,jazz and r'n'b into a music which is totally intoxicating!
Deep grooves,passionate phrasing,heatfel melodies.
Who can deny the beauty of the smash hits like "Oooh boy","From now on",or other tracks like "You said","Someone who needs me"(with Will Downing),"Johnny's back"?...I truly believe that at
least one more single hit is the making!And the Grammys are not that far!
In my modest opinion Regina has never been exceptional in a very short run.Also,she is NOT for every listener,she doesn't push to please everybody and sell some more CDs...she plays what she wants to play.IS THAT WRONG?She is not Britney,she is not Ashanti.She is not a "three months time" chart bestseller!
She is a classy vocalist.
She is Regina Belle and because of that she can even choose a small,indie label with no promotion budget to deliver her 'not commercial' ideas about how to make modern music.
And this is the reason why NOW people respond,slowly but constantly and massively,to her great songs and buy her CD.