Cher – Believe (1998)

At the time of its release, “Believe,” both the album and the song itself, were career-defining highlight in the performer’s longtime career, and it’s not hard to see why: With a gay following as wide and visible as she has, Cher made the right move by catering this album to her audience, and ended up accidentally delivering an undemanding mainstream smash in the process. Other than the title track and a few tracks here and there (like “Strong Enough” and “Dov’e l’Amore”), there aren’t any great moments to be found here, instead it’s airy and gloriously superficial, and all the more fun for it. It’s not a great pop album when taken as a whole, but its individual moments and its celebratory atmosphere are just right for a fun afternoon listen.

Rating: ★★★ (out of 5)


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