Believe in Me

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All Music Guide - John Jones
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 ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - John Jones
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.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 9/22/1998
  • Label: Mca Mod Afw
  • UPC: 008811177720
  • Catalog Number: 11777
  • Sales rank: 232,309

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 Believe in Me (4:09)
  2. 2 Don't Let Go (3:15)
  3. 3 I Got It (4:08)
  4. 4 You Make Me Smile (4:06)
  5. 5 Baby Love (3:37)
  6. 6 I Gotch U (3:35)
  7. 7 I've Had Enough (4:40)
  8. 8 Never Should Have Let You Go (4:27)
  9. 9 Teach Me How to Live (3:53)
  10. 10 Come See About Me (3:54)
  11. 11 Be in Love Again (7:36)
  12. 12 I'm the One (4:04)
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
Regina Belle Primary Artist, 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
Ted Jensen Mastering
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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