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Believe (II)
     

Believe (II)

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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 -- re-released

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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 -- re-released in 2010 as Believe (II) with four different songs than the original version, including a cover of John Waite's "Missing You." 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 (II) 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 (II) 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 (II). 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 (II), 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:
06/08/2010
Label:
Geffen Records
UPC:
0602527399775
catalogNumber:
001435902
Rank:
2660

Tracks

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Orianthi   Primary Artist,Guitar
Steve Vai   Guitar
Kim Bullard   Keyboards
Paul Bushnell   Bass
Josh Freese   Drums
Michito Sánchez   Percussion
Phil X.   Guitar
Tal Herzberg   Bass
Frank Zummo   Drums
Brian Chiusano   Guitar

Technical Credits

Desmond Child   Composer
Howard Benson   Composer,Producer
Kim Bullard   Programming
Ron Fair   Executive Producer
Mike Plotnikoff   Engineer
Andreas Carlsson   Composer
Stirling McIlwaine   Management
Tal Herzberg   Engineer,Executive Producer
Hatsukazu "Hatch" Inagaki   Engineer
Marc VanGool   Guitar Techician
Simon Fuller   Management
Jon Nicholson   Drum Technician
Ginger Ramsey   Marketing
Orianthi   Composer
RedOne   Composer,Programming,Producer,Engineer
Fiona Dearing   Marketing
Johnny Severin   Engineer
D. Calitri   Composer
J. Messer   Composer
S. Diamond   Composer
M. Briley   Composer
M. Leonard   Composer
A. Frampton   Composer
M. Michael Larsson   Composer
Christine Wolff   Publicity
Trevor Muzzy   Engineer
L. Halvor Jenson   Composer
Kira Leyden   Composer
Jeff Andrea   Composer

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Believe (II) 5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 2 reviews.
DarthTyranus More than 1 year ago
amazing from begining to the very end!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Great album by a great artist. Loved the whole album especially According to You and Shut Up and Kiss Me.