Editors’ Notes No Regrets feels like the first opportunity this long-working vocalist has had to simply be herself on a record. Her focus and self-assured demeanor come through immediately on the title track, a song fueled by inner strength and based around a cyclical, hypnotizing hook. While the album still shows traces of her stage training there is something more relaxed and human about her delivery here. Withers is drawn to club music (“Rock & Rain”) and melodramatic showstoppers (“I Remember”), but her personality comes trough strongest on unadorned soul songs like “Take Me Back,” “Need Love,” “Alright” and “Because I Love You.” Songs like “Why” distinguish Withers from the competing ladies of modern R&B, but she doesn’t need to change her style to stand apart. She displays a dignity and strength that can only come from years of paying dues — a feeling that can’t be expressed in the kind of manufactured R&B songs we often hear on the radio. A song like “Say It Now” is a reflection of the expression Withers wears on the album cover — open but resolute, and with enough confidence to know she has nothing to hide.

SONG
No Regrets
1
3:56
 
Dream
2
3:42
 
I Believe
3
3:33
 
Take Me Back
4
4:52
 
I Remember
5
3:10
 
Need Love
6
5:17
 
Rock & Rain
7
3:48
 
Why
8
3:37
 
Bittersweet
9
3:08
 
Alright
10
3:36
 
Say It Now
11
4:31
 
Because I Love You
12
3:40
 

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