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Believe

Pendragon Audio CD
4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (8 customer reviews)
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  • Audio CD (5 Sep 2005)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Toff
  • ASIN: B000A8SXYM
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (8 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 185,795 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

1. Believe
2. No Place For The Innocent
3. Wisdom Of Solomon
4. The Wishing Well: For Your Journey
5. Sou' By Sou' West
6. We Talked
7. Two Roads
8. Learning Curve
9. The Edge Of The World

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5.0 out of 5 stars A slowburning classic 13 Sep 2005
Format:Audio CD
Pendragon's latest offering is something of a shift from previous albums, a fact borne out by the wildly varying reviews of it online. It's clear that some of the instrumentation is a little subtler and the grand musicscapes found on 'Masquerade' and 'Not of this World' are not so evident here, but it is not an album without charm or style and it certainly bears many of the hallmarks of the classic Pendragon sound throughout.
By his own admition, Nick Barrett has been experimenting with some new sounds and samples with greater or lesser degrees of success; this is borne out in the album's one weak piece, opening instrumental 'Believe'. After this brief intro the album proper begins with 'No Place for the Innocent', a rather mainstream upbeat number with catchy hooks reminiscent of 'Nostradamus'. This is followed by 'The Wisdom of Solomon' which combines such a wealth of different styles and sounds that it will take a good number of listens to properly catch the ear. It is in this song that two of the album's most prominent features emerge: the counterplay of acoustic and electric guitar work, and the strongly Camel-influenced melodies - on occasion it would be hard to tell if Barrett or Andy Latimer were playing.
The next track is the album's opus, 'The Wishing Well' which is divided into four parts. To me it sounds more like four separate pieces linked together, but either way they are all astounding. The first part, 'For Your Journey', has a spoken narrative placed over some synth strings - stirring and emotive. The second part, 'Sou' by Sou'West', is one of the greatest pieces I have heard from the band; highly melodic, the content and instrumentation remind me of tracks from Camel's 'Stationary Traveller', yet it still retains a style all Pendragon's own.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Different but brilliant 9 Jun 2006
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I've listened to this most days for weeks. I love Pendragon and this album has a different feel from other recent releases. The music is much more atmospheric, more remeniscent of Roger Waters / Camel?

As usual Mr Barrett's slightly weak vocals are more than made up for by his excellent writing, musicianship and of course, his superlative guitar playing. If you have the slightest leaning to prog then buy this.
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4.0 out of 5 stars I Believe... 10 April 2009
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I believe that in retrospect this was a transition album.

Nick Barrett was trying to shake off the Window of Masquerade Life that was Not of this World trilogy and stride out in new directions.

I think the track that sums this up best is the Mr Bligh one. Set a course Mr Bligh, for Nor' by Nor' east... All about changing direction and not quite really knowing where to.

There are some magical moments in all this meandering though. None less than the lovely folky classical guitar playing.

The eventual direction set by the next album Pure is much more confident and purposeful. However the album believe is a valuablole experiment in "where wil we go next" in the Pendie canon, and one that pathes the way to a bright future in the end.

Not the best standalone album, but a very useful stepping stone.
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5.0 out of 5 stars I Found Some Peace of Mind 23 April 2014
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If you require a synopsis of the songs on 'believe' please read other reviews. Apologies.
I write this some years (7-8) after initial purchase and listens. I have many Pendragon albums, but for me this is the best (whatever best means). From the brash opener 'believe' to the just far too beautiful closer 'edge of the world', this meanders through many thoughts and questions, yes, but due to memory problems I struggle to remember lyrics and become absorbed in the music. I need to sit with the lyrics written down now, sorry. I can listen to songs several times, read the printed words likewise and too often think it is for the first time. For me the lyrics are less relevant or purposeful than the music (the picture). Hate Bob Dylan, love Magma.
On this album, congratulations to the writer, as the lyrics have stayed with me much longer than is normal. Good. They are searching and conjure many images, but the soundscape of 'believe' is as timeless as this genre is ever likely to produce. Immense thanks to Nick Barrett, his guitar-playing and all other persons responsible for bringing this utterly sensuous, almost life changing piece of art to me.
The album was perhaps Pendragon's least traditionally-prog to date, which was refreshing.
Knowing such beauty exists in this world eases the pain.
***** if you like beautifully composed, played and produced music, buy this *****
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