Rolling Stone (8/16/01, p.108) - 3 stars out of 5 - "...Offers the most startlingly liberating teen pop since 80s mall-rat icon Tiffany euphemistically declared herself 'New Inside'..."
Entertainment Weekly (6/22/01, p.90) - "...She tries out new sounds - Eastern rhythms, jangly percussives - that help separate her from the pack of Britney look-alikes..." - Rating: B-
This is an enhanced audio CD which includes regular audio tracks and multimedia computer files.
Personnel includes: Mandy Moore, Jon Secada (vocals); Matthew Hager (guitar, keyboards, programming); Tim Mitchell, Julian Adam Zimmon (guitar); Julie Rogers, Alice Lee (violin); Brett Banducci (viola); Tiomthy Loo (cello); Doug Emery (keyboards); Liza Quintana, James Renald (background vocals).
Producers include: Emilio Estefan Jr, Kenny Gioia, Javier Garza, Todd Chapman, Randall M. Barlow.
Engineers include: Steve Hallmark, Alexis Dufresne, Gustavo Celis.
Though the first cut on this young belter's self-titled release will have you scanning the composer credits for the presence of teen-pop maestro Max Martin, Mandy Moore is stylistically confident enough to venture into sonic areas beyond the usual Aguilera/Spears axis. For one thing, there's more of a pronounced R&B flavor to Moore's songs than those of her contemporaries. The production takes more chances as well, as witnessed by the exotic textures that open the lush "Saturate Me" and "One Sided Love."
That said, this album features enough carefully crafted synth hooks, sensually breathy sighs, and infectious melodies to compete with a thousand Christina Aguileras. Fortunately, Moore's talent is singular and substantive enough that such considerations shouldn't pose a problem.