Reception at the time of release was generally good. In their four-star review Rolling Stone magazine said that Neville "must have taken the meaning of the gospel deep into his heart". The New York Times said in their review; "The solo album debut of the great New Orleans soul singer has the year's most sublime pop vocals". The album reached number 44 on the American Billboard 200 album chart, and achieved platinum status. In Canada, the album reached number 25 in the Album Charts and achieved gold status.