"Linda Eder began her recording career with this album. I will admit, at this point, it didn't look like she knew what she wanted to do with her voice. She seemed to want people to think she was some kind of punk rocker, judging from the insert photos of her with teased hair and black leather jackets. And some of the tunes on this album ("Every Little Thing," "Love is Forever") are quite contemporary sounding, with somewhat suggestive lyrics. While these songs weren't exactly indicative of what was to come, they were still good, and you would still think, "Geez, this woman can sing." But the shining stars on this album are those in which Eder gives her voice a workout, particularly in the hopeful "Before I Fall," the beautiful "After All," the exquisite "Someone Like You," (which incidentally was only the rough draft for the Jekyll and Hyde version of "Someone Like You") and the indescribable "Vienna." The last two songs have become sort of trademarks for Eder, "Someone Like You," with it's soaring choruses, reaching ever higher and culminating in that chill-producing, "feel so a-li-i-i-ve!"; and "Vienna," with it's heartbreaking lyric, delicious melody, and wonderful high notes (peformed flawlessly by Eder). All of these things come together to give any critic looking to carp on a new singer a run for his money. Even though this was a modest effort compared to what came later (including even better recordings of "Someone Like You" and "Vienna") anyone would know that Linda Eder could sing. And there was, and still is, no carping that could be done. This punk-ified "rocker," would soon become a sleek, elegant beauty performing dramatic Broadway ballads, but this album still is well-worth it's cost and then some. It just doesn't get any better than Eder. (Hey, I made a rhyme!)"
I love Linda but buy her other albums!
E. Karas | Chicago IL | 12/19/2001
(2 out of 5 stars)
"I am a huge Linda Eder fan but this album is her first and they were trying to make her album sound like Whitney Houston or Celine Dion. The arrangments sound dated and are kind of embarassing BUT her voice is awesome - as usual. If you are a die hard Linda fan you must have this for your collection. Otherwise If you want a great Linda Eder album buy "it's time" "It's no secret anymore" or her awesome Christmas album. If you are buying this for "Someone like you" - it is available on one of the other albums with a better arrangement.LINDA RULES!"
MWM | 05/25/2000
(2 out of 5 stars)
"Every once in a while on the light music radio stations, you hear a song by Linda Eder, and say "who the heck is that?" Amazing voice, but still a little known artist. I decided to explore Linda Eder and buy her CDs. This first one was very disappointing, I don't think she had truly come into her own yet. Her later music is much better. The voice is amazing, I don't know why she isn't a bigger star. But stick with her last couple of CDs; the first was just a warm-up."
Don't get this one
Jennifer French | Garland, TX United States | 09/03/2000
(1 out of 5 stars)
"Let me tell you right now, I love Linda Eder. She, in my opinion, is the only good thing Frank Wildhorn has going for him. Her voice is beautiful and full of life. On this album, however, she is not her best. It seems on this CD that Linda had not yet discovered that she is more than a pop singer. Her style is sounds forced because her music selections are not what make her shine. If you want to truly experience Linda, get "And So Much More" or "It's Time". Both of those albums are Linda at her best."
A must for all lovers of great vocals!
E. Karas | 08/15/1999
(5 out of 5 stars)
"Linda Eder is a true find for all music lovers. You can just listen to this recording over and over again. In fact, I have. Eder's voice as well as the music and lyrics are brilliant! You can't beat this! I love "Vienna," and smile every time I hear it. It will be rerecorded on Eder's upcoming release in September 1999."