I'm Movin' On is the third studio album recorded by American singer CeCe Peniston, released on September 9, 1996 by A&M Records. The set that supposed to be the artist's deeper foray into mainstream R&B followed the pattern of her previous release Thought 'Ya Knew (1994), in which Peniston began her unsuccessful transition into the R&B market. The label heavily focusing on hip-hop influenced R&B jams and a variety of slow ballads invited several producers to join her session, in front of with Dave Hall and Gordon Chambers, who co-wrote the title track. This time, Peniston reprised her fellow collaboration with Steve Hurley on two songs. "The Last to Know" that she co-wrote, and "Don't Know What to Do". None of these would be released on single, though. In order to push her musical horizons further, A&M also featured JoJo Hailey and Tenina Stevens (also known as Suga T), as the first time ever that another artists would be vocally credited on her record.
Upon release, the album garnered mixed to favorable reviews from music critics. Most of them criticized the predominant promoting of R&B tracks, as well as her label for insistence on Peniston abandoning dance community in favor of urban arena. In terms of chart performance, the album has been viewed as a commercial failure with no entry on the Billboard 200, nor in the overseas. The only out of two released singles that cracked the Billboard Hot 100 list was the pilot "Movin' On", which climbed to number eighty-free, eventually. The second was named "Before I Lay (You Drive Me Crazy)". Neither I'm Movin' On was accompanied by a worldwide tour.
I'm Movin' On met with mixed to favorable reviews from music critics. Allmusic editor Jose F. Promis labeled the A&M calculations to reincarnate Peniston into an R&B diva as "total alienation of her core fans" and her "career killer". Apart from giving the album two and half (out of five) stars, he branded most of songs as "R&B clichés of the 1990s abound", but praised "Don't Know What to Do" and the singer's cover version of "Somebody Else's Guy." William Stevenson from Entertainment Weekly foresaw in his B-graded review that the "blah ballads" are [to be] waste of Peniston's voice tailor-made for dance genre. Citing in addition also the Jocelyn Brown's classic, "Don't Know What to Do", plus the rousing "House Party" as the album's most powerful pipes that should not had been overlooked on single. Rudi Meyer of Vibe was the most enthusiastic about Peniston's approach towards R&B mainstream. Appealing to the singer's past urban hit singles (such as "Keep on Walkin"", "Inside That I Cried" and "I'm in the Mood"), she found potential in her new material (namely in "The Last to Know", "If It Should Rain" and "Before I Lay"). Meyer rated the final result as "mostly pleasing outcome". Nevertheless, she praised club oriented tracks at the same time.
Two weeks after its official shipping to music stores, the album entered the U.S. Billboard Top R&B/Hip-Hop Albums Chart at number forty-eight (its peak) on September 28, 1996. In total, the set spent four weeks in the component chart, with no appearance in the Billboard 200, or in the overseas albums charts.
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