Cher

Believe

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Six songwriters came up with this pop masterpiece, one of the few songs to be able to break through the impenetrable wall of late 1990's fragmented radio to permeate the consciousness of the world at large. The days when much of the planet was singing along with Frank Sinatra's "That's Life", Bobby Hebb's immortal "Sunny", or McCartney's "Yesterday" seem so long ago, but Cher found a tune and a production that knocked the walls down from dance floors to the radio and beyond. "Believe" is one of those melodies that mark a time in a person's life when a relationship folds up for good and it is time to move on. It's a theme that the singer can more than relate to in both her personal and professional life. She was down for the count, and counted out, and has come back time and again like a boomerang. It's a second coming for the diva (after many such second comings), a triumphant vocal performance over a dazzling dance-beat that transcends Eurodisco and flavor-of-the-month Saturday night sounds. Some critical commentary, including the AMG album review, may dismiss the tune, but this writer feels that is a mistake. Finding a song that is many things to many people is a hard enough task, getting a vocal like Cher gives this one is the mark of a true icon: total "believ"ability to put this right up there with her performances on Kathy Kirby's "The Way Of Love" and Sonny Bono's "You'd Better Sit Down Kids". It's a perfect annunciation of the vibe, and one that only an artist with depth can provide to the listening audience. Two versions show up on Warner BrothersCD single #9536, the 3:59 album track with vocals that go into an electronic tunnel, and a 4:20 "Xenomania" mix, which is actually more orthodox and less mania. Of course in the discos they mixed and matched so you never knew what you were dancing to, different pieces of different mixes, but a melody so strong it always broke through the incessant beat. Co-producer Mark Taylor followed this single up with his own composition taking two words from "Believe's" hook, "Strong Enough". That follow-up single wasn't..."strong enough", but the re-mix of this by two of the co-writers of "Believe", Matt Gray and "Brian Higgins, is sonically exciting closing generation gaps and giving Cher one of her greatest hits.

Appears On

Year Artist/Album Label Time AllMusic Rating
Believe 1998 Warner Bros. / WEA 4:00
Believe 1998 Warner Bros. 9:25
Strong Enough 1999 WEA International 8:43
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Mum
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Rhino / Warner Music 3:59