Picks and Pans Review: Believe

updated 03/10/2003 at 01:00 AM EST

originally published 03/10/2003 01:00AM

Aaron Neville (Tell It/EMI Gospel)

With his heavenly tenor and soul-stirring delivery, Neville is a gospel natural, as he shows on his second spiritual CD (following 2000's Devotion). Here, he elevates an assortment of inspirational selections, revisiting such traditional hymns as "What a Friend We Have in Jesus" as well as more contemporary material like Bob Dylan's "Gotta Serve Somebody." Two original songs, including the intense "Jesus, Jesus, Jesus," are also featured. For a twist, a couple of tracks have a dash of Cajun-zydeco flavor. All of it soars on the wings of Neville's angelic voice. --R.N. BOTTOM LINE: Divine

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