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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.

Product Details

Release Date: 06/15/2010
Label: Reprise / Wea
UPC: 0825646809011
catalogNumber: 522190
Rank: 161291

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

Andrew Lloyd 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
Marco Marianangeli   Composer,Lyricist

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