Simply Believe

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Simply Believe
Studio album by Bonnie Tyler
Released 13 April 2004
Recorded 2003–2004
Genre Pop rock
Length 59:23
Label Sony
Producer John Stage, Stuart Emerson
Bonnie Tyler chronology
Heart Strings
(2003)
Simply Believe
(2004)
Wings
(2005)
Singles from Simply Believe
  1. "Si demain... (Turn Around)"
    Released: 22 December 2003 (2003-12-22)
  2. "Si tout s'arrête (It's a Heartache)"
    Released: 7 June 2004 (2004-06-07)

Simply Believe is the fourteenth studio album by Welsh singer Bonnie Tyler. It was released on 13 April 2004 by Sony Music Entertainment.

The singles from Simply Believe were the two French duets with Kareen Antonn, both originally released as solo singles by Tyler years before. Their first duet, "Si demain... (Turn Around)", was a success, and reached number in the France for ten weeks and became the fourth best-selling single in France in 2004. Eight of the tracks on the album were also released by her then-future record company, Stick Music, on an EP called Bonnie Tyler in 2005. Critical reception of Simply Believe was mostly positive, with the album being regarded as Tyler's "comeback".

Background[edit]

After the release of Heart Strings in the previous year, Tyler had begun working on a new album. While getting plans together, French singer Kareen Antonn wrote to Tyler asking if she would be willing to record a bilingual version of "Total Eclipse of the Heart" as a duet with her. Though hesitant, Tyler requested a demo recording of Antonn singing the song in French. Impressed by what she received, Tyler accepted and flew to Paris to record the song. They later recorded a new version of "It's a Heartache" in the same format.[1]

Simply Believe only contains six original songs. Tyler recorded new versions of "Holding Out for a Hero", "Here She Comes", "If You Were a Woman (And I Was a Man)", as well as two tracks from her 1995 Free Spirit album; "All Night to Know You" and "Driving Me Wild".

Promotion[edit]

Singles[edit]

The lead single from Simply Believe was released long before the album, due to popular demand from the public. Tyler explained to BBC News that even the single was released three weeks earlier than planned "after people heard it on the radio and went into the shops trying to buy it."[2] "Si demain..." was released on 22 December, 2003, in France.[3] The single reached number one in France and remained there for ten weeks running through 2004, and became the fourth best-selling single that year in France.[4] It also gave Tyler the record of the longest time gap between top ten singles in France. Eighteen years passed between her hit "If You Were a Woman (And I Was a Man)" which reached number six in 1986,[5] and the release of "Si demain...".[6]

Following the success of the single, Simply Believe was released on 13 April 2004.[7] Tyler and Antonn's second duet, "Si tout s'arrête (It' a Heartache)", was released on 7 June 2004 as a follow-up to their first release.[8] It peaked at number 12 in the French singles chart soon after.[9]

Track listing[edit]

No. Title Writer(s) Length
1. "Si demain... (Turn Around)"   Jim Steinman, Emanuelle Pribys 3:50
2. "Simply Believe"   Bonnie Tyler, John Stage 4:44
3. "Si tout s'arrête (It's a Heartache)"   Ronnie Scott, Steve Wolfe 3:24
4. "Holding Out for a Hero"   Steinman 3:56
5. "Back in My Arms"   Stuart Emerson 4:29
6. "Open Your Eyes"   Tyler, Stage 4:20
7. "Here She Comes"   Giorgio Moroder 3:16
8. "Nobody Better"   Emerson 4:08
9. "If You Were a Woman (And I Was a Man)"   Desmond Child 3:59
10. "When I Close My Eyes"   Emerson 4:26
11. "It’s in the Back of My Mind"   Emerson 4:47
12. "I Want You"   Tyler, Stage 3:57
13. "Darlin'"   Oscar Stuart Blandamer 3:24
14. "All Night to Know You"   Emerson 5:22
15. "Driving Me Wild"   Emerson 4:41
Total length:
59:23

Critical reception[edit]

Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
Allmusic 3.5/5 stars link

The album received a three and a half star review from Rob Theakston of Allmusic. He said that Tyler was "still in fine form two decades (after her musical heyday) later" and that Simply Believe should "satisfy die-hard fans".[10]

Chart performance[edit]

Chart (2013) Peak
position
French Albums (SNEP)[11] 18
Belgian Albums (Ultratop Flanders)[12] 25
Swiss Albums (Schweizer Hitparade)[13] 35

Personnel[edit]

Credits adapted from Allmusic:[14]

  • Lead vocals - Bonnie Tyler
  • Backing vocals - Barbarella Bishop, F. Godebout, D. Goury, Federico Lladó
  • Guitar - Kamil Rustam
  • Piano - Oscar Fox
  • Photography - Bertrand Levet
  • Producers - John Stage, Stuart Emerson

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Bonnie Tyler interview on TGIF Algarve". TGIF Algarve. 3 July 2009. Retrieved 11 April 2014. 
  2. ^ "Tyler riding high in France". BBC News. 21 January 2004. Retrieved 7 December 2007. 
  3. ^ "Si demain...(Turn Around) by Kareen Antonn & Bonnie Tyler". iTunes Store. Apple, Inc. Retrieved 12 April 2014. 
  4. ^ "2004 French SNEP Singles Chart" (in French). Syndicat National de l'Édition Phonographique. Retrieved 11 April 2014. 
  5. ^ ""If You Were a Woman (And I Was a Man)", French SNEP Singles Chart" (in French). Lescharts. Retrieved 11 April 2014. 
  6. ^ Habib, Elia (2002). Muz hit.tubes (in French). Alinéa Bis. p. 570. ISBN 2-9518832-0-X. 
  7. ^ "Simply believe by Bonnie Tyler". iTunes Store. Apple, Inc. Retrieved 12 April 2014. 
  8. ^ "Si tout s'arrête (It's a Heartache) by Bonnie Tyler & Kareen Antonn". iTunes Store. Apple, Inc. Retrieved 12 April 2014. 
  9. ^ "Kareen Antonn / Bonnie Tyler – Si tout s'arrête (It's A Heartache)". Lescharts.com. Hung Medien. Retrieved 11 April 2014. 
  10. ^ Threakson, Robert. "Bonnie Tyler – Simply Believe Album Review". Allmusic (Rovi Corporation). Retrieved September 12, 2013. 
  11. ^ "Bonnie Tyler – Simply Believe". Lescharts.com. Hung Medien. Retrieved 18 May 2013.
  12. ^ "Bonnie Tyler – Simply Believe" (in Dutch). Ultratop.be. Hung Medien. Retrieved 18 May 2013.
  13. ^ "Bonnie Tyler – Simply Believe". Swisscharts.com. Hung Medien. Retrieved 18 May 2013.
  14. ^ "Bonnie Tyler – Simply Believe Album Personnel". Allmusic (Rovi Corporation). Retrieved 11 April 2014.