Believe (Orianthi album)

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Believe
Studio album by Orianthi
Released 26 October 2009
(see release history)
Recorded 2006-2009
Genre Pop rock, hard rock, rock
Length 42:06
Label Geffen
Producer Howard Benson, Ron Fair & Tal Herzberg (Executive producers) RedOne
Orianthi chronology
Violet Journey
(2007)
Believe
(2009)
Heaven in This Hell (2013)
Alternative cover
Believe (II) and UK cover
Singles from Believe
  1. "According to You"
    Released: 30 October 2009
  2. "Shut Up and Kiss Me"
    Released: 6 April 2010
  3. "Courage[1]"
    Released: 31 August 2010
Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
Allmusic 4/5 stars[2]

Believe is the second studio album by Australian guitarist Orianthi and her debut album recorded for a major label. It was released on 26 October 2009 by Geffen Records. The album's release was pushed back by Geffen to coincide with the compilation album This Is It by Michael Jackson, as a result of the publicity generated from her appearance in the concert film of the same name. The album peaked at number 77 at the Billboard 200.

The song "Believe" from which the album is titled, is a cover of the Niels Brinck's song "Believe Again", best known as the Danish entry for the Eurovision Song Contest 2009. Virtuoso guitarist Steve Vai appears on and co-wrote the song "Highly Strung." "Suffocated", a cover of a song by American band Sound the Alarm, appears on the soundtrack of music video game Guitar Hero: Warriors of Rock.

The album was re-released on 8 June 2010. Several tracks from Believe are remixed (Bad News, Think Like a Man, and What's It Gonna Be), while God Only Knows, Untogether, and Drive Away are omitted. It also includes four new songs, including the album's second single "Shut Up and Kiss Me".[3]

Track listing[edit]

All songs were produced by Howard Benson, except for track 17. (Catalogue: 2724713)[4]

No. Title Writer(s) Length
1. "According to You"   Steve Diamond, Andrew Frampton 3:20
2. "Suffocated" (Sound the Alarm cover) Brian Chiusano, Colin Ellis, Joe Brule, Fredrick Stephans, Cody Jancovic 3:03
3. "Bad News"   Orianthi, Andreas Carlsson, Desmond Child 3:10
4. "Believe" (Niels Brinck cover) Lars Halvor Jensen, Martin M. Larsson, Ronan Keating 3:40
5. "Feels Like Home"   Orianthi, Anthony Mazza, Stefanie Ridel 4:16
6. "Think Like a Man"   Orianthi, Martin Briley, Dana Calitri, Nina Ossoff 3:36
7. "What's It Gonna Be"   Orianthi, Jimmy Messer 2:49
8. "Untogether"   Orianthi, Jodi Marr, Greg Wells 3:53
9. "Drive Away"   Orianthi 4:17
10. "Highly Strung" (with Steve Vai) Orianthi, Steve Vai 4:08
11. "God Only Knows"   Orianthi, David Bassett, Tommy Lee James, Stefanie Ridel 3:55
Bonus tracks

Believe (II)[edit]

All songs produced by Howard Benson, except track 12 produced by RedOne.

No. Title Writer(s) Length
1. "According to You"   Steve Diamond, Andrew Frampton 3:20
2. "Shut Up and Kiss Me"   Orianthi, Steve Diamond, Andrew Frampton 3:16
3. "Courage" (featuring Lacey of Flyleaf) Orianthi, Kira Leyden, Jeff Andrea, Howard Benson 3:38
4. "Bad News"   Orianthi, Andreas Carlsson, Desmond Child 3:06
5. "Feels Like Home"   Orianthi, Anthony Mazza, Stefanie Ridel 4:16
6. "Think Like a Man"   Orianthi, Martin Briley, Dana Calitri, Nina Ossoff 3:22
7. "What's It Gonna Be"   Orianthi, Jimmy Messer 2:49
8. "Missing You" (John Waite cover) John Waite, Mark Leonard, Chas Sandford 3:41
9. "Suffocated" (Sound the Alarm cover) Brian Chiusano, Colin Ellis, Joe Brule, Fredrick Stephans, Cody Jancovic, Howard Benson 3:03
10. "Highly Strung" (featuring Steve Vai) Orianthi, Steve Vai 4:08
11. "Believe" (Niels Brinck cover) Orianthi, Lars Halvor Jensen, Martin M. Larsson, Ronan Keating 3:40
12. "Addicted to Love"   Orianthi, RedOne, Alaina Beaton 3:42
Total length:
42:01

Singles[edit]

  • "According to You" is the debut single off the album. The music video for the single was directed by Marc Klasfeld. The song became a radio hit and commercial success in her local country Australia by reaching number 8 on the ARIA Charts. The song quickly gained popularity in the US, and peaked at #17 on the Hot 100 and #1 on American Top 40.

Personnel[edit]

  • Keith Armstrong – mixing assistant
  • Chapman Baehler – photography
  • Kim Ballard – keyboards, programming
  • Howard Benson – keyboards, programming, producer
  • Paul Bushnell – bass
  • Chris Chaney – bass
  • Brian Chiusano – guitar
  • Paul DeCarli – digital editing
  • Jimmy Fahey – assistant engineer
  • Ron Fair – executive producer, A&R
  • Cliff Feiman – production supervisor
  • Josh Freese – drums
  • Simon Fuller – executive producer, A&R, management
  • Tal Herzberg – bass, engineer, executive producer, A&R
  • Buffy Hubelbank – A&R
  • Hatsukazu "Hatch" Inagaki – engineer
  • Ted Jensen – mastering
  • Nik Karpen – mixing assistant
  • Chris Lord-Alge – mixing
  • Stirling McIlwaine – executive producer, A&R, management
  • Keki Mingus – creative director
  • Jon Nicholson – drum technician
  • Orianthi – guitar, vocals
  • Mike Plotnikoff – engineer
  • Michito Sánchez – percussion
  • Andrew Schubert – mixing
  • Ryan Shanahan – assistant engineer
  • Brad Townsend – mixing
  • Steve Vai – guitar
  • Marc VanGool – guitar, guitar technician
  • Phil X – guitar
  • Frank Zummo – drums

Chart performance[edit]

Chart (2009–2010) Peak
position
Australian Albums Chart[7][8] 88
Japanese Album Chart[9] 4
U.S. Billboard 200[10] 77
U.S. Billboard Top Heatseekers[10] 1
U.S. Billboard Top Rock Albums[10] 19

Certifications[edit]

Country Certification
Japan Gold[11]

Release history[edit]

Region Date Format Label
United States 26 October 2009 CD, digital download Geffen
Australia 6 November 2009 Universal Music
Canada 8 December 2009
South Korea 10 December 2009
The Netherlands September 2010
United Kingdom 13 September 2010

References[edit]