Personnel: Tina Arena (vocals); Tim Pierce (acoustic guitar, guitar); Rick Price (acoustic guitar, background vocals); Bob Mann (guitar); Peter Kent (violin); Erika Duke Kirkpatrick (cello); Jay Winding (piano, keyboards); Claude Gaudette (piano); David Tyson (Hammond B-3 organ, keyboards, programming, background vocals); John Pierce (bass); Pat Mastelotto (drums, percussion); Carlos Vega (drums); Matt Lang, Peter Asher (percussion); Chris O'Brien (programming); Marilyn Martin, Raven Kane, The Water Family (background vocals).
Producers: David Tyson, Peter Asher.
Engineers: Greg Droman, George Massenburg.
Recorded at Pacifique, Lavender Cottage, Little Monster and Conway Studios, Los Angeles, California.
Personnel: Tina Arena (vocals, background vocals); Tim Pierce (guitar, acoustic guitar); Bob Mann (guitar); Rick Price (acoustic guitar, background vocals); Peter Kent (violin); Erika Duke-Kirkpatrick, Kirkpatrick (cello); Jai Winding (piano, keyboards); Claude Gaudette (piano); David Tyson, Dave Tyson (keyboards, programming, background vocals); John Pierce (bass guitar); Pat Mastelotto (drums, percussion); Carlos Vega (drums); Matt Lang, Peter Asher (percussion); Chris O'Brien (programming); The Water Family, Robert Parde, Marilyn Martin, Raven Kane (background vocals).
Audio Mixer: Chris Lord-Alge.
Recording information: Conway Recording Studios, Hollywood, CA; Lavender Cottage; Little Monster, Los Angeles, CA; Pacifique.
Unknown Contributor Role: Kirkpatrick.
Arrangers: David Campbell ; David Tyson; Dave Tyson; Robert Parde; Tina Arena.
It's perhaps easy to expect too much after the stellar debut single "Chains." That's not to say Arena's debut offers nothing to the listener; it could have been far worse, since top session men Tim and John Pierce and drummer Pat Mastelotto (the Rembrandts, King Crimson) don't appear for nothing. Even so, a lot of Don't Ask remains twee. However, there are good moments in the shape of showcase single "Chains," power ballad "Heaven Help My Heart" and the bouncy closing track "Standing Up." There's room for improvement then, although Arena can deliver some fine vocals, and David Tyson (Alannah Myles, Amanda Marshall) supplies some equally fine production. The gorgeous "Sorrento Moon" suggests Arena may yet become the Astrud Gilberto of Australia. ~ Kelvin Hayes
I bought this back when I was into pop music and hadn't yet discovered decent alternative rock bands. I think this sold several 100,000 copies back in the day because it had so many top 20 singles coming out of it and it got airplay across pretty much every commercial radio station around from pop stations to classic hits stations. I have to admit she was hot back then too.
I suppose it was good for its time but if I ever heard one of her songs today I would cringe, and she doesn't even live in Australia anymore. I never got around to selling this CD but I doubt I could get $2 for it on ebay now.
I would've rated it 5 back in the day, but these days I'd give it a 1, so I'll compromise and give it a 3.