The album received mixed reviews. Allmusic's Stephen Thomas Erlewine rated the album four stars out of five saying it is a "mature collection of adult pop, with cool keyboards and subtle arrangements that often make the record sound like background music". However, he also noted that "Carlisle has rarely been in better voice".Entertainment Weekly's Steven Mirkin gave the album C- saying that "Carlisle has neither the voice nor personality to overcome her album's cold, emotionally sterile core."
The album entered the UK Albums Chart at #12. It outsold Carlisle's previous album, Real, and was certified Gold by BPI for sales in excess of 100,000 copies. The album revived Carlisle's career in the singles chart – producing three top-twenty hits (two of them top-ten). It was released in the U.S. but failed to chart on the Billboard 200 album chart with a total sales of 17,000 copies.
The album charted on the Australian ARIA Albums Chart on November 11, 1996 at #31 with only one single released to radio at the time. It only spent ten weeks in the top one hundred making the album her last charting album on the charts. It was Carlisle's last album to chart in Austria, peaking at #36 and stayed in the charts for two weeks. It was Carlisle's lowest charting album in Sweden, peaking at #44 and only spending one week in the charts. In Italy, the album peaked at #35.
The singles had some success in various countries. "In Too Deep" was the first song released from the album and became a top ten hit in the UK and a top twenty in Australia. "Always Breaking My Heart" was the second song released from the album, written and produced by Per Gessle of Roxette, which was also a top ten hit in the UK. "Love in the Key of C" the third song released, became Carlisle's tenth top twenty UK hit. "California" was the fourth single released and was Carlisle's final UK Top 40 hit before retiring.