- The String Cheese Incident, "Believe"
The String Cheese Incident’s second studio album in two years, Believe is a solid entry in the band’s discography, covering a wide musical spectrum while continuing the unfailingly positive lyrical vibe that characterizes Cheese music. “Stop Drop Roll” is pure disco-funk dance music, with a healthy dose of synth work from Kyle Hollingsworth. “Down a River,” an acoustic tune featuring a cappella harmonies, precedes “Get Tight,” a feel-good summertime love song. “Sweet Spot” is a groovy, sexy tune that allows Michael Kang to show off his underrated guitar chops, and the acoustic love song “My One and Only” transitions into fiddle-driven music with a Celtic flavor — about as close as the album gets to the band’s bluegrass roots. “Beautiful” rounds out the album with an EDM sound, topping off a range of musical styles that makes this an excellent release from a special band.
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