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Believe in Me
     

Believe in Me

by Regina Belle
 

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Recording the theme for Disney's Aladdin didn't have the same effect on Regina Belle's career as Beauty and the Beast had for Celine Dion's. With the exception of a pair of Top 40 pop hits ("Make It Like It Was," "If I Could") Belle's success was confined to the realm of R&B. Change was in the air, however, for her fifth and strongest release, Believe

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Recording the theme for Disney's Aladdin didn't have the same effect on Regina Belle's career as Beauty and the Beast had for Celine Dion's. With the exception of a pair of Top 40 pop hits ("Make It Like It Was," "If I Could") Belle's success was confined to the realm of R&B. Change was in the air, however, for her fifth and strongest release, Believe in Me. Aside from switching to MCA from Columbia and co-writing four of the songs herself, Belle manages to utilize slick, hip production and update her sound without forgetting the most important element: strong hooks and well-written tunes. Eric "E-Smooth" Hicks provides the production backdrop for eight of the album's tracks, giving Belle the strongest rhythmic push her music has ever had. After several easy-listening songs in her career, it's refreshing to hear her loosen up on the radio-ready likes of "Don't Let Go," "Baby Love," and the title track. Her ballads are also more R&B-flavored than ever, and Belle gives some of the laziest, sexiest vocals of her career on "I Got It" and "Come See About Me." Belle even recognizes that great production doesn't always have to be cluttered, illustrated on "I Gotch U" (written and produced by her brother, Bernard Belle; talent clearly runs in the family) and "Teach Me How to Live," both of which seduce in a gorgeously minimal setting. Another refreshing element is song length; while a lot of R&B music tends to run on for five minutes or more, only the final cut, "Be in Love Again" (coincidentally, the album's blandest composition), clocks in at that length; the rest of the songs are in the four-minute range or shorter, resulting in a breezy effect that inspires repeat listenings. Even a couple of less interesting pop tunes ("Never Should Have Let You Go," "Be in Love Again") aren't enough to weigh this project down. Filled with memorable hooks and irresistible grooves, Believe in Me finds Regina Belle at the top of her game.

Product Details

Release Date:
09/22/1998
Label:
Mca Mod Afw
UPC:
0008811177720
catalogNumber:
11777
Rank:
113774

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Performance Credits

Regina Belle   Primary Artist,Vocals,Background Vocals
Jeff Watson   Strings
Bernard Belle   Keyboards
Jeremy Cohen   Strings,Conductor
Joseph Edelberg   Strings
Nancy Ellis   Strings
Eric Hicks   Keyboards,Background Vocals,Rap
Roxanna Jacobson   Strings
Mike Mani   Keyboards
Irene Sazer   Strings
Danny Seidenberg   Strings
Dawn Dover   Strings
Paul Brancato   Strings
Doris Fukawa   Strings
James Shallenberger   Strings
Sara Usher   Strings
Mike Manni   Keyboards
Ogura Yasushi   Strings
Eileen Moon   Strings
Victor Romasevich   Strings

Technical Credits

Jeff Redd   Executive Producer
Bernard Belle   Programming,Producer
Regina Belle   Vocal Arrangements
Dae Bennett   Engineer
Fred Catero   Engineer
Greg Charley   Producer,Vocal Arrangements
Jeremy Cohen   String Conductor
Eric Hicks   Programming,Producer,Vocal Arrangements,String Arrangements,drum programming
Mike Mani   Programming,Producer,Engineer,String Arrangements
Ron A. Shaffer   Engineer
Dave Greenberg   Engineer
Kenny J. Gravillis   Art Direction
Kenny Stallworth   Engineer
Mike Manni   Programming,Producer,Engineer
Brenda Dash   Executive Producer

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