Believe

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All Music Guide - Jon O'Brien
Reflecting her most high-profile year to date thanks to some controversial tabloid confessions, a celebrity relationship, and a judging role on ITV's Popstar to Operastar, Welsh soprano Katherine Jenkins' seventh studio album, Believe, is undoubtedly the most accessible and commercial offering of her six-year career. The traditional opera standards and arias of her early albums Premiere and Second Nature are instead replaced by classical pop renditions of contemporary pop songs and film themes produced by Grammy Award-winning David Foster (Michael Bublé, Celine Dion). Of course, the likes of Sarah McLachlan's "Angel," Queen's "Who Wants to Live Forever," and Nino Rota's ...
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All Music Guide - Jon O'Brien
Reflecting her most high-profile year to date thanks to some controversial tabloid confessions, a celebrity relationship, and a judging role on ITV's Popstar to Operastar, Welsh soprano Katherine Jenkins' seventh studio album, Believe, is undoubtedly the most accessible and commercial offering of her six-year career. The traditional opera standards and arias of her early albums Premiere and Second Nature are instead replaced by classical pop renditions of contemporary pop songs and film themes produced by Grammy Award-winning David Foster (Michael Bublé, Celine Dion). Of course, the likes of Sarah McLachlan's "Angel," Queen's "Who Wants to Live Forever," and Nino Rota's "Parla Più Piano (Love Theme from The Godfather)" are fairly predictable fare for classical crossover artists, having been covered on recent albums from Angelis, Rhydian, and Patrizio Buanne. However, her reworking of Evanescence's nu-metal chart-topper "Bring Me to Life," which adds even more overblown drama to the epic original, and a surprisingly subtle cover version of Bob Marley's "No Woman, No Cry" are clear indications that Jenkins isn't afraid to tackle material far outside her comfort zone. Elsewhere, Jenkins' breathtaking and versatile vocal abilities are showcased on a stunning performance of Edith Piaf's "La Vie en Rose," a stirring duet with Andrea Bocelli on "I Believe," and the album's only original composition, "Ancora Non Sai," which also features Dutch violinist André Rieu. A Deluxe Edition, featuring the theme from Andrew Lloyd Webber's new musical Love Never Dies and a rendition of Lionel Richie and Diana Ross' "Endless Love" was later released, but it was the 2010 Platinum Edition that helped the album reenter the charts over a year after its initial peak. Adding seven new tracks to the original, it includes two festive songs, "In the Bleak Midwinter" and a live performance of "O Holy Night" with Michael Bolton, a gorgeous operatic interpretation of Embrace's "Gravity," and "Tell Me I'm Not Dreaming," a brand-new ballad produced by John Shanks (Bon Jovi). Believe, in all its forms, is a huge leap forward from her previous traditional output, and although there's still enough material to keep her classical fan base happy, its leanings toward more contemporary fare suggest that a Charlotte Church-style pop career re-invention could well be in the cards, something which -- on this evidence -- Jenkins is more than capable of pulling off.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 6/15/2010
  • Label: Reprise / Wea
  • UPC: 825646809011
  • Catalog Number: 522190
  • Sales rank: 10,542

Album Credits

Performance Credits
Katherine Jenkins Primary Artist, Mezzo-Soprano (Vocal)
David Foster Piano, Keyboards
Chris Botti Trumpet
Richard Marx Background Vocals
Dean Parks Guitar
André Rieu Violin
Andrea Bocelli Flute, Tenor (Vocal)
Gayle Levant Harp
Angela Fisher Choir Director
Courtney Blooding Background Vocals
Jochem van der Saag Synthesizer
Vanessa Freebairn-Smith Cello
Michael Thompson Guitar
Technical Credits
A. L. Webber Composer, Producer
Nino Rota Composer
Brian May Composer
Sarah McLachlan Composer
Edith Piaf Composer
David Foster Arranger, Composer, Producer, Orchestral Arrangements
Amy Lee Composer
Larry Mah Pro-Tools
Ennio Morricone Composer
Richard Marx Composer, Lyricist
Rudy Pérez Composer
Dave Reitzas Engineering
Robin Sellars Engineer
Glenn Slater Lyricist
Armin Steiner Engineering
Meredith Willson Composer
Nigel Wright Producer
Geoff Foster Engineer
Marcel Louiguy Composer
Eric Levi Composer
Angela Fisher Choir Contractor
Jorge Vivo Engineer
David Hodges Composer
Ben Moody Composer
Katherine Jenkins Liner Notes
Malika Ayane Lyricist
Bill Ross Arranger, Orchestral Arrangements
Jochem van der Saag Producer, Engineer, drum programming, Sound Design
Dan Massie Mastering
Marco Marianangeli Composer, Lyricist
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