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Believe in Me
Genres: Blues, Pop, R&B
Mini-diva Belle, who scored a No. 1 pop hit along with Peabo Bryson with 1992's Aladdin theme "A Whole New World," arrives at a new label with the very up-to-date Believe in Me. Designed to fit in with late-'98 R&B radio, ... more »
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Mini-diva Belle, who scored a No. 1 pop hit along with Peabo Bryson with 1992's Aladdin theme "A Whole New World," arrives at a new label with the very up-to-date Believe in Me. Designed to fit in with late-'98 R&B radio, the album also stays true to Belle's roots in Anita Baker-style balladry. Tasteful but not very flavorful, Believe will do for those counting the days until Baker's next opus appears. --Rickey Wright
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John Jones | Chicago IL | 09/27/1998
(4 out of 5 stars)
"Four impressive albums into her career, Regina Belle releases her fifth and finest recording. "Believe in Me" matches gorgeous production, slick writing, and peerless vocals to make one of the most impressive soul records of the year.What's especially impressive is that Regina has obviously discovered that less is more. Often soul music can be overlong and overblown...here only one song clocks in over five minutes, and several are under four minutes. The effect is breezy and inspires multiple listens. "Don't Let Go" and "Baby Love" are smooth midtempo numbers, "I Got It" and "Come See About Me" are examples of classic soul balladry, and "I Gotch U" even sets an example of sparse, tasteful production in a genre that can be overpowered by beats and instrumentation.Are there lukewarm moments? Yes...the pop-flavored ones. "You Make Me Smile" and "Be in Love Again" are less than spectacular, even bordering on schmaltz, but the vocals and production still make even these songs more than listenable. And songs like "Believe in Me" and the final hidden track (untitled or credited, most likely called "The One for You" or something close) are infectious and intoxicating enough to make up for any minor shortcomings.Regina joins the ranks of Lisa Stansfield as an artist whose albums manage to stay in her own personal style and still grow and blossom with each release. This album makes it easy to believe in Regina Belle."
w_alesia | USA | 07/25/2000
(5 out of 5 stars)
"Listening to this CD took me into a Smokey Jazz Club, where Regina sang each song strongly from the soul, getting a little bee-bop on at times. I enjoy every cut on this CD, the ones that stand out for me are "Believe In Me, Don't Let Go, I Gotch U, I've Had Enough, Never Should have Let You Go, Baby Love." I find this CD Relaxing, Calming, expressing the different areas of love that we all face from time to time. Regina to me is a diva in her own rights. She can hold her own, her voice is sultry and strong and can awaken your inner spirit with her voice. Its for those cuddle up moments, down to those quiet moments alone, down to singing along. Feel the smoothness of Regina Belle(Believe in Me)."
Trying Something New!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
w_alesia | 01/27/2004
(4 out of 5 stars)
"Regina is trying a different sound on this Cd. I think it works!! As she is getting older, her voice is a bit more throaty......upon the first listen, i thought she was straining..! but upon the second,third, ...fifth, and fifty-fifth time listening, i began to hear the soul-ful-ness of it all. listen for yourself! best tracks: Come See About Me, Never Let Me Go, I Got It...and the unlisted (ghost track) I think its called "I'm The One You Need""