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Believe
     

Believe

4.7 7
by Orianthi
 
With her mind-blowing mix of heavy metal guitar prowess and bluesy, soulful vocals, Orianthi will draw some justifiably well-earned comparisons to such giants of rock guitar as Jimi Hendrix and her own idol, Carlos Santana, on her 2009 sophomore album, Believe. That said,

Overview

With her mind-blowing mix of heavy metal guitar prowess and bluesy, soulful vocals, Orianthi will draw some justifiably well-earned comparisons to such giants of rock guitar as Jimi Hendrix and her own idol, Carlos Santana, on her 2009 sophomore album, Believe. That said, her style hews closer to the more finger-frenetic pyrotechnics of such '70s and '80s icons as Eddie Van Halen and Steve Vai. Throw in her ability to sell a lyric and carry a strong melodic vocal phrase while also throwing down some devastating slabs of heavy metal riffage, and she starts to look a heckuvalot like the fantasy love child of Prince and Lita Ford. What's even more delicious is how, at face value, Believe fits nicely next to studio-crafted -- albeit stylistically successful -- albums by Disney teen rock acts like Ashley Tisdale, Demi Lovato, and Miley Cyrus, the difference being that while those pretend-rock teen divas get backed by studio musicians, Orianthi IS the backing musician. She is the real rawk deal and Believe soars on her mighty metal talents. And it's clear from the get-go that Orianthi and her producers get the joke. The anthemic leadoff track, "According to You," begins innocently with a few seconds of Orianthi cooing over a lite keyboard part before her chugging power chords and gutsy vocals quickly set the tone for the rest of the what's to come. Two minutes in and Orianthi has not only delivered one of the poppiest, catchiest radio-friendly trax this side of Kelly Clarkson's "Since U Been Gone," but she's also launched into the first of several balls-out, fire-shooting-out-her-fingers, ripping-your-shirt-off metal solos featured on Believe. Before this album, Orianthi was best known as the guitar virtuoso picked to perform with Michael Jackson on his farewell tour before he passed in 2009, and after listening to Believe, it's clear that Orianthi was not only well deserving of that accolade but that her abilities far outdistanced a role as a backing musician. For rock fans awaiting the return of seriously fun, seriously rocking pop-metal, THIS is it.

Product Details

Release Date:
10/26/2009
Label:
Geffen Records
UPC:
0602527203720
catalogNumber:
001350202

Tracks

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Orianthi   Primary Artist,Guitar
Steve Vai   Guitar
Kim Ballard   Keyboards
Howard Benson   Keyboards
Paul Bushnell   Bass
Josh Freese   Drums
Michito Sánchez   Percussion
Phil X.   Guitar
Chris Chaney   Bass
Tal Herzberg   Bass
Frank Zummo   Drums
John Freese   Drums
Brian Chiusano   Guitar

Technical Credits

Steve Vai   Composer
Desmond Child   Composer
Kim Ballard   Programming
Howard Benson   Programming,Producer
Dana Calitri   Composer
Steve Diamond   Composer
Ron Fair   Executive Producer
Greg Wells   Composer
Tommy Lee James   Composer
Mike Plotnikoff   Engineer
Stefanie Ridel   Composer
Ronan Keating   Composer
Martin Larsson   Composer
Andreas Carlsson   Composer
Stirling McIlwaine   Executive Producer,Management
Nina Ossoff   Composer
Jimmy Messer   Composer
Tal Herzberg   Engineer,Executive Producer
Andrew Frampton   Composer
Hatsukazu "Hatch" Inagaki   Engineer
Marc VanGool   Drum Technician
Simon Fuller   Executive Producer,Management
Anthony Mazza   Composer
Jodi Marr   Composer
David Lee Bassett   Composer
Jon Nicholson   Drum Technician
Cody Jancovic   Composer
Brian Chiusano   Composer
Colin Ellis   Composer
Joe Brule   Composer
Orianthi   Composer
Lars H. Jensen   Composer
David Bassett   Composer
Martin Birley   Composer

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Believe 4.7 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 7 reviews.
DarthTyranus More than 1 year ago
amazing from begining to the very end!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
Old_blues_guy More than 1 year ago
She's the real deal. Don't let the poppish, top-40 friendly nature of several of these cuts fool you. I won't pan any of her work just because she'd like to have more than one top-40 selection on this product. Look around the net & find some of her blues performances - - Good God! I work full time with teens & all of them knew & liked "According to You" but only a couple knew that the George Lynch sounding solos on the cut were her's. I smart buy, even more so at the B&N price.
booksnmusic-is-all-i-need More than 1 year ago
I really enjoy this album. The first track just sucks you in and is very catchy. It has a great beat and you will instantly find yourself singing along bouncing your head with the beat. She is a very talented musician and I think had she been able to complete the tour with Michael Jackson it would have launched her career into the stratosphere. I highly recommend this album to anyone who enjoys a punk/pop rock album.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Great album especially the first song.
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