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1791 Overture
4 stars This is one of few albums on the archives with 10+ reviews and not a single rating below 4 stars. I think this near-universal praise is well-deserved - Believe is a modern classic, and perhaps the best album to come out of the Polish wing of neo-prog since Abraxas' Centurie, a decade earlier.

The melodies are captivating, but what really makes them shine and gives them that extra push is the arrangements. The instruments almost seem magical, they enter and exit so gracefully. The acoustic guitar is never superfluous, "there just to be there," and every little vocal harmony, every nuance in the keyboards, every guitar line is meticulously placed. The entire album is an intimate, introspective affair as a result.

Case in point, the third track, "What They Want (Is My Life)." After exploring some beautiful themes, everything drops off slowly until we're left with the bass, alone. The vocals then enter, and the song slowly builds up energy again until the guitar makes its return, refreshing the song for its cadence to the finish. Just fantastic. And then there's "Mystery Is Closer," where the jaw-dropping keyboard solo is played with such loving precision that you can't help but smile. The drums never sustain themselves throughout the entirety of a track - they enter and exit according to its demands. This "accentual" treatment of the rhythm section gives the album an extra spice - both the bass and drums are always firm, but gentle.

This album's songwriting is more than just above-averge, so much so that I'm tempted to go for five stars. It's not quite there, but it is very close. I honestly think that nearly anybody viewing this website would be able to appreciate this album.

1791 Overture | 4/5 |


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