Changing Faces: Charisse Rose, Cassandra Lucas (vocals).
Additional personnel: R. Kelly, Devante Swing, Darin "Piano Man" Whittington, Lafayette Carthon (various instruments); Keith Henderson (guitar); Peter Mokran, Martin Stebbing, Stevo George (programming).
Producers include: R. Kelly; Kenny "Smoove" Kornegay; Devante Swing; Heavy D; Dinky Bingham.
Engineers include: Peter Mokran, Martin Stebbing; Stevo George.
Personnel: Changing Faces (vocals); Keith Henderson (guitar); Lafayette Carthon (piano); Darin Whittington (keyboards); Martin Stebbing, Peter Mokran (programming).
Audio Mixers: Jeff Stevenson; Jonnie Most; Peter Mokran; Tony Maserati .
Recording information: Battery Studios; Chicago Recording Company, Chicago, IL; East Hill Studios, New York, NY; FunHouse Recording Studio, White Plains, NY; Funk Hut Studios, Queens, NY; Hit Factory Studios, New York, NY; Right Track Recording Studios, New York, NY; Sony Studios, New York, NY; Soundtrack Recording Studios, New York, NY.
Photographer: Lisa Peardon.
On their self-titled debut, the harmonizing duo of Cassandra Lucas and Charisse Rose are striving to change the face of today's female delivered R&B. While they might be compared to groups such like Mel & Kim or Zhane, what distinguishes Changing Faces is their delivery of smooth, groovy love songs instead of the likely dance tracks.
With hip-hop firmly in control of the current scene, today's R&B lacks the slow rhythmic tunes that dominated in the '80s. But the vocal performances on CHANGING FACES reassure the audience that '90s rhythm & blues can be as smooth as ever. The softness of "Thoughts Of You" is enhanced by Darrin Whittington's piano work, while R. Kelly provides his trademark "bump and grind" for "Foolin' Around," "All Is Not Gone" and "Stroke You Up" (the duo's first single). Kenny "Smoove" Kornegay contributes the majority of the production, keeping the vibe of CHANGING FACES true to his own fitting nickname.
Q (12/94, pp.128-9) - 4 Stars - Excellent - "...doesn't quite maintain the hit's (`Stroke You Up') quality, but they have a mighty crack at it....They trade lines like sophisticated fishwives, always at full tilt, yet always in control..."
NME (Magazine) (10/22/94, p.48) - 6 - Good - "...Formulaic, satiny slow jams, fine singing..."