Finally (CeCe Peniston album)

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Finally
Studio album by CeCe Peniston
Released January 28, 1992
Recorded 1991
Genre Dance, R&B
Length 48:58
Label A&M
Producer Felipe Delgado, Steve Hurley, Daniel Abraham, Rodney K. Jackson, Steve Lindsey, Brian Malouf, David Morales, DeVante Swing
CeCe Peniston chronology
Female Preacher
(1991)
Finally
(1992)
(EP) Finally/We Got a Love Thang: Remix Collection
(1992)
Singles from Finally
  1. "Finally"
    Released:
  2. "We Got a Love Thang"
    Released:
  3. "Keep On Walkin'"
    Released:
  4. "Inside That I Cried"
    Released:
  5. "Crazy Love"
    Released:

Finally is the debut album by American singer CeCe Peniston, released on January 28, 1992 by A&M Records. Prior to the release of this album, Peniston released her debut single "Finally", which topped the U.S. Billboard Hot Dance Music Club Play chart on October 26, 1991, peaking eventually at number five on the Billboard Hot 100 and at number two in the UK Singles Chart. The album yielded two additional singles which achieved dance number one status in the US; "We Got a Love Thang", co-written by Chantay Savage, and "Keep On Walkin'", written in collaboration with Kym Sims. Both songs entered the UK Singles Chart Top 10 and the Billboard Hot 100 Top Twenty in the US.[1] Despite the success of the singles, the album itself climbed only to number seventy on the US Billboard 200. However, during its thirty-six weeks long presence in the chart it sold over 554,000 copies in the US.[2] The album peaked on the UK Albums Chart at number ten. The total worldwide sales of the album surpassed 3,000,000 units.[3] Two further tracks were released from the album which were more in the R&B field; "Inside That I Cried" charted at number ten in the US R&B chart and at number forty-two in the UK, while "Crazy Love" peaked at number thirty-one in the US and at number forty-four in the UK.[4]

Critical reception[edit]

Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
Allmusic 4/5 stars[5]
Entertainment Weekly (B-)[6]

Finally received generally mixed to positive reviews from music critics. Craig Lytle from Allmusic lauded the album in his review as "outstanding", and it being a "solidly produced collection". Giving the set four out of five stars, he wrote that the album warranted an additional single release.[5] Amy Linden from Entertainment Weekly stated that Peniston has "a good enough voice" (which she stressed as a novelty among dance-music dollies), but apart from its title single, plus the funky ode "Virtue", she ranked the rest of album a B- for being "mainly standard issue and pretty dull".[6]

Chart performance[edit]

Initially, Finally entered the albums charts overseas. On February 2, 1992 the album debuted in the UK Albums Chart at number ten, its peak, spending nineteen weeks in total on the chart.[7] On February 15, the album appeared for the first time in the Canadian Albums Chart at number sixty, as well as on the US Billboard 200 at number ninety-nine. In both countries, the album reached its peak position in its fourth week on the chart; number twenty in Canada, where it spent twenty-two weeks in the chart,[8] and number seventy in the US, where it spent thirty-six weeks on the chart, of which eighteen were within the Top 100.[9] In the Dutch MegaCharts, the album began its twelve-week run on February 22 at number ninety, reaching number thirty-one.[10] In Billboard's component chart, the album debuted on the R&B/Hip-Hop chart on March 7 at number eighty-eight, and climbed to number thirteen on August 8, spending fifty-two weeks in the chart.[11] In addition, the album charted for two weeks in Austria, peaking there at number thirty-eight, its debut, on March 8.[12]

Track listing[edit]

No. Title Writer(s) Length
1. "We Got a Love Thang"   Eric Miller, Jeremiah McAllister, Chantay Savage 5:29
2. "Finally"   CeCe Peniston, Felipe Delgado, E.L. Linnear 4:03
3. "Inside That I Cried"   Rodney K. Jackson, Malik Byrd, Otto D' Agnolo 5:51
4. "Lifeline"   George Lyter, Michael O'Hara, Denise Rich 4:52
5. "It Should Have Been You"   Darryl Thompson 5:50
6. "Keep On Walkin'"   Steve Hurley, Marc Williams, Kym Sims 4:30
7. "Crazy Love"   George Lyter, Michael O'Hara, Denise Rich 4:48
8. "I See Love"   Byron Drew Counts 4:46
9. "You Win, I Win, We Lose"   Rodney K. Jackson, Danny Moore 4:02
10. "Virtue"   Felipe Delgado, Danny Moore, Rodney K. Jackson 4:47
Total length:
48:58

Credits[edit]

Production[edit]

  • Producers: Daniel Abraham, Felipe Delgado, R.K. Jackson, Steve Lindsey, Brian Malouf, David Morales
  • Engineers: Craig Marcus, Tony Maserati, Rob Paustian, John Poppo, Larry Stur,
  • Assistant Engineers: Lolly Grodner
  • Mixing: Daniel Abraham, Terry Burrus, David Morales, Elliot Peters
  • Re-mixing: Brian Malouf

Personnel[edit]

  • Arrangers: Steve Lindsey, DeVante Swing
  • Vocal Arrangements: Danny Madden
  • Drums: Ed Greene
  • Percussion: Lenny Castro, Bashiri Johnson, David Morales, Steve Lindsey
  • Drum Programming: Felipe Delgado, R.K. Jackson, Peter "Ski" Schwartz
  • Keyboards, Synthesizers: John Barnes, Robbie Buchanan, Terry Burrus, Claude Gaudette, Khris Kellow, Eric Kupper, Steve Lindsey, Peter "Ski" Schwartz
  • Guitars: Charles Fearing, Grant Geissman, Dean Parks
  • Saxophone: Brandon Fields

Charts and sales[edit]

Music awards and nominations[edit]

Soul Train Music Awards[edit]

Year Nominated work Award Result
1993 Finally Best R&B/Soul Album - Female[13] Nominated

Promo EP[edit]

The Heart and Soul of CeCe Peniston
(Four Selections from Finally)
EP by CeCe Peniston
Released 1992
Recorded 1991
Genre Dance
R&B
Length 18:06
Label A&M
Producer

Steve Hurley
Daniel Abraham
DeVanté Swing
Felipe Delgado
Rodney K. Jackson

Music sample
Singles from
The Heart and Soul of CeCe Peniston
  1. "Keep On Walkin'"
    Released:
  2. "Crazy Love"
    Released:

Along with the release of Peniston's single Keep On Walkin'" that successfully entered the music charts, a four track promo EP entitled The Heart and Soul of CeCe Peniston (Four Selections from Finally) was issued in United States in support of the singer's debut album.

Apart from her urban, the third US Dance number one hit "Keep On Walkin'", the EP also featured "Crazy Love", which was promoted on single in addition, as well as two other songs from her debut set, "I See Love", and "You Win, I Win, We Lose" (with background vocals by Malaika).

The artwork of the EP included altered pictures on its front and back cover.

Track listings[edit]

No. Title Writer(s) Length
1. "Keep On Walkin'"   Steve Hurley, Marc Williams, Kym Sims 4:30
2. "Crazy Love"   George Lyter, Michael O'Hara, Denise Rich 4:48
3. "I See Love"   Byron Drew Counts 4:46
4. "You Win, I Win, We Lose"   Rodney K. Jackson, Danny Moore 4:02
Total length:
18:06

Credits and personnel[edit]

References[edit]

General
Specific
  1. ^ 'CeCe Peniston, US Dance Chart History' Billboard
  2. ^ To review the original source, you will have to subscribe to billboard.biz website to access the billboard.biz link.
    • Paolletta, Michael (2001-05-01). "Where Have All The Divas Gone?". Billboard. Nielsen Business Media. billboard.biz. Retrieved 2011-03-19. "In comparison, Peniston's 1991 album, Finally, has sold 554,000 copies." 
  3. ^ Hutson, Wendell (2009-06-17). "CeCe Peniston Looking Forward To A Come Back". Chicago Defender. Real Times. BNET.com. Retrieved 2010-09-23. "Peniston was signed, under the A&M Record label when she put out her 1991 debut album 'Finally', which sold over 3 million copies." 
  4. ^ 'CeCe Peniston, US R&B Singles Chart History' Billboard
  5. ^ a b Lytle, Craig. "Finally album Review". Allmusic. Rovi Corporation. allmusic.com. Retrieved 2011-03-20. 
  6. ^ a b Linden, Amy (1992-01-31). "Finally album Review". Entertainment Weekly. Time division of Time Warner. ew.com. Retrieved 2011-03-20. 
  7. ^ a b "CeCe Peniston UK Chart History". The Official Charts Company. Music Week. theofficialcharts.com. Retrieved 2011-03-19. 
  8. ^ a b "CeCe Peniston - Canada - Finally album". RPM. Library and Archives Canada. collectionscanada.gc.ca. Retrieved 2011-03-19. "Finally album #20" 
  9. ^ a b "CeCe Peniston - U.S. Billboard 200". Billboard. Nielsen Business Media. billboard.com. Retrieved 2011-03-19. 
  10. ^ a b "CeCe Peniston - Netherlands - Albums". GfK Dutch Charts (in Dutch). Media Control GfK International. dutchcharts.nl. Retrieved 2011-03-19. "Finally album #31" 
  11. ^ a b "CeCe Peniston - U.S. Billboard Top R&B/Hip-Hop Albums". Billboard. Nielsen Business Media. billboard.com. Retrieved 2011-03-19. 
  12. ^ a b "CeCe Peniston - Austria - Albums". PhonoNet Austria GesmbH (in German). Musikmarkt. austriancharts.at. Retrieved 2011-03-19. "Finally album #38" 
  13. ^ 'Soul Train Music Awards 1993, Winners and Nominations' Wikipedia

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