There are albums that stand the test of time. There are other albums that encapsulate the time in which they were written to a regrettable degree. This album belongs to the latter category. East to West's self-titled debut screams "early '90s," from Neal Croomer's vocal style to the overly synthesized album sound. Which isn't to say the album's all bad. "Whisper My Name" is quite tolerable, and "Kyrie Elieson" got quite a lot of airplay when it was released and has held up well. East to West also shows the burgeoning songwriting efforts of Jay DeMarcus, who would go on to be a part of Rascal Flatts and write the lyrics for The Emperor's New Groove. East to West is nice to visit to see DeMarcus' musical development, but overall, it's best left in its relative obscurity.
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AllMusic Review by Melinda Hill