Rhino/Warner Bros.
Release date
14 Dec 1999
Running length
9 tracks
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1 I Believe In Love (Album Version) 5:47 1,305
2 Amen 6:01 2,675
3 La Tonya (Album Version) 6:11 1,260
4 Pearl (Album Version) 6:04 1,561
5 Be Somebody (Album Version) 5:14 1,506
6 Rhythm Of Life (Album Version) 7:48 1,122
7 Free (Album Version) 3:53 1,677
8 Suwannee Jo (Album Version) 5:23 1,463
9 God Is Watching (Album Version) 4:46 1,422

About this album

Cole comments on Amen that: “It was really important for me to make an uplifting record, especially now with the coming of the millennium,” says the former high-school class president and prom queen and Berklee College of Music graduate. “I think people are feeling a lot of conflicting emotions and contemplating their mortality a little more than ever before. With that in mind, I wanted to make a positive contribution through music, an album that fills people with hope and makes them want to dance through their living room.”

Personnel: Paula Cole (vocals, electric guitar, clarinet, piano, Wurlitzer & Fender Rhodes pianos, Clavinet, Moog synthesizer, keyboards, Juno & Rhodes basses); Kevin Barry (acoustic, electric, baritone, hi-strung acoustic, electric baritone, Fillanoma, Leslie electric & electric sitar guitars, E-bow, mandolin); Greg Leisz (pedal steel guitar); Susan Jolles (harp); Tony Levin (electric & upright electric basses, Chapman stick); Jay Bellerose (drums, udu drum, wah drums, cocktail drum, crasher, sansamp crasher, shaker, tambourine); Alfredo Hidrovo (bongos, shaker); DJ Premier (scratches); Tionne “T-Boz” Watkins (background vocals).
Recorded at Globe Studios, New York, New York.

Paula Cole gives a powerful performance on this stirring dialogue with humanity and the divine. She’s clearly done a lot of thinking and growing up since the release of THIS FIRE, and as a result offers a previously unmatched emotional candor. Veteran drummer Jay Bellerose joins her again with his complementing touch, while Kevin Barry provides all manner of guitar work to complete the core of the Paula Cole Band.

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  • thisfire

    My favourite Paula Cole album, then This Fire, then Ithaca, then Courage and then Harbinger. :)

    9 Nov 2011 Reply
  • abbi98

    Her voice if off the charts

    13 Mar 2011 Reply
  • Zach216

    Still makes me freak out. Every song is so unique, her ideas are out-of-this-world and the execution/overall sound of EVERYTHING is flawless. How can someone be so good?

    13 Aug 2010 Reply
  • Zach216

    Greatest.Album.Ever... sadly one of the most under-appreciated as well.

    30 Oct 2009 Reply
  • caiocws

    I´m absolutely love this album...

    15 Nov 2008 Reply

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