Believe (II)

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All Music Guide - Matt Collar
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 ...
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All Music Guide - Matt Collar
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.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 6/8/2010
  • Label: Geffen Records
  • UPC: 602527399775
  • Catalog Number: 001435902
  • Sales rank: 39,350

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 According To You (3:20)
  2. 2 Shut Up & Kiss Me (3:16)
  3. 3 Courage (3:38)
  4. 4 Bad News (3:06)
  5. 5 Feels Like Home (4:16)
  6. 6 Think Like a Man (3:22)
  7. 7 What's It Gonna Be (2:49)
  8. 8 Missing You (3:41)
  9. 9 Suffocated (3:03)
  10. 10 Highly Strung (4:08)
  11. 11 Believe (3:40)
  12. 12 Addicted To Love (3:42)
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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
Howard Benson Composer, Producer
Kim Bullard Programming
Paul DeCarli Digital Editing
Ron Fair Executive Producer
Ted Jensen Mastering
Mike Plotnikoff Engineer
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
A. Carlsson Composer
D. Calitri Composer
J. Messer Composer
S. Diamond Composer
M. Briley Composer
M. Leonard Composer
D. Child 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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  • Posted July 7, 2011

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    amazing album by one amazing musician!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    amazing from begining to the very end!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    I Also Recommend:

    Believe

    Great album by a great artist. Loved the whole album especially According to You and Shut Up and Kiss Me.

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