On her first studio album of new material since her 1999 Grammy-winning breakthrough Mountain High . . . Valley Low, gospel siren Adams returns to the same well: pairing her passionate, powerful vocal

On her first studio album of new material since her 1999 Grammy-winning breakthrough Mountain High . . . Valley Low, gospel siren Adams returns to the same well: pairing her passionate, powerful vocals and songwriting skills with an all-star lineup of contemporary producers. These include Mike City, Warryn Campbell, Kevin Bond, Shep Crawford, and Buster & Shavoni. She also reunites with Jimmy Jam and Terry Lewis, responsible for her No. 1 hit, "Open My Heart." A seamless mix of gospel, R&B, hip-hop, and pop, Believe traverses life's joys, pain, and everything in between—without ever sacrificing the spiritual message. Standouts include "Never Give Up," "Fo' Sho' " (with the Clark Sisters' Karen Clarke Sheard), "Darling Girl" (a love song to Adams' daughter), and "Unconditional." In a world rocked by uncertainty, Adams'

rhythmic discourses on love, inner strength, and spiritual inspiration are a welcome oasis.—GM