Jim Ed Brown

Born Believer

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The level of quality on Born Believer is so high that the album plays like a greatest hits collection. The title track and "If It Ain't Love By Now" didn't quite make the Top Ten, but Jim Ed Brown's golden baritone is as appealing as ever, and Helen Cornelius, whose frequently double-tracked voice adds a distinctive element, sounds quite a bit like Jeannie Kendall of the Kendalls. Practically every song is a potential hit, and the full production and excellent material throughout make not a minute of it seem like filler. The duo remakes the Browns' 1955 oldie "Here Today and Gone Tomorrow," Reba McEntire's early hit "(There's Nothing Like the Love) Between a Woman and a Man," and two songs are credited or co-credited to Cornelius. Anyone who listens to a lot of '60s and '70s country albums comes to expect uneven quality, but Born Believer is impressively consistent.