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4 stars Believe it or not - it's very good!

This is my first complete album of PENDRAGON to evaluate. The songs I've known before couldn't convince me. There are some people who have the opinion that PENDRAGON is not a Progressive Rock band. Why? After hearing this for nearly 20 times I can declare: 'Believe' is much more than a mainstream rock album and I'm sure Nick Barrett spent all his tears and his last drop of blood when he wrote and produced this songs. The whole production is various using space/psychedelic and folk elements combined with remarkable rock parts. Nick Barrett is dominating the songs and something is strange: Clive Nolan keeps himself or is mixed into the background. But it's not my turn to criticize this.

Before we are invited to enter the dancefloor it all starts with a wonderful spheric opener. Combining a metal guitar, strings, celtic voices and a talkbox is very curageous. But it works - excellent! 'No place for the innocent' is a solid rock song and the nearest to mainstream. 'Wisdom of solomon' begins with acoustic guitars and has very catchy melodies. 'The wishing well' - very sentimental with four sections - is a highlight of this release. Part one ('For your journey') opens and for the first time I thought they had invited Steve Hogarth. A spoken word peace accompanied by Nolan. 'Learning curve' is my favourite song with a wonderful melody and groove. 'The edge of the world' is another very emotional song and seems to be a homage to their polish fans.

'Believe' contains a various mix of acoustic and electric guitar parts, excellent melodies, perfect vocals - what should I say more. Worthy to be an important addition to any prog music collection ...

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