This set was amongst the earliest Pendragon that I heard, about the same time as "Pure" and "Concerto Maximo" reached this reviewer.
2005's "Believe" stands ,to my ear, somewhat apart from all Pendragon that I have now enjoyed.
It begins with the instrumental Title-work, bringing a number of elements together, but rather loosely, setting the tone for the whole album.
"No Place for the Innocent" is a more typical work, with an edginess, and less of the hopefulness that I've associated with this band.
The third chief work, "The Wishing well" is the stand-out, with "Learning Curve" and "Edge of the World" not so far behind.
Mr Barrett seems narked by something, judging by the intense questioning of his/our world, and occasionally over-reaching vocals.
Never-the-less, these are all strong Pendragon works, full of great guitar work, an imaginative wash of keyboards, and that wonderful booming base.
I cast my memory back. Global terrorism was, then, challenging our world views, yet the Album's dedication is to victims of events which happened in London weeks after the recordings were made.
I've posted a totally gushy review of "Not of this world". "Believe" is not up to that lofty standard.
There is much to recommend it, though there is a bit less attention to form. There are a few dissonnances, and sudden changes, where I have the impression that Nick barrett was throwing out a musical challenge to his followers. Music, like life, can't always be easy.
Very good, not great. A worthy addition to Pendragon's Oevre, for those who love the band, though perhaps not an ideal introduction to what is a lamentably under-recognized band.