Pendragon - Believe

Year of Release: 2005
Label: InsideOut
Catalog Number: SPV 085-48462 CD
Format: CD
Total Time: 51:45:00

Believe. Yes, believe, but in what do you believe? The new work of cult progsters Pendragon opens up with this distressing yet very actual question, four years removed from the classy Not Of This World. It seems an eternity, right, but this long-lasting pause was forced by a lot of troubles that Nick Barrett unfortunately ran into. Only now that he was able to handle and put them all behind him, can he clearly resurface and please the music audience once again. In fact this new album is very well done, even if it's slightly different from the past. But Nick already underlined this aspect in the interview, and you can hear the changes, as the compositions inside Believe unravel themselves, looking almost always more linear than the tracks of the past. Once in a while they even recall new influences that the band always kept in the background. However, don't worry too much, the dreamy atmospheres that are a Pendragon trademark are still there, even if there's a certain acoustic flavour going on from song to song. This is an idea that I personally love, especially for tunes like "The Wisdom Of Salomon" or "We Talked," which is part of the beautiful suite "The Wishing Well." This is truly a record sung and played with the heart. You've gotta believe!

Also released by Pendragon's own Toff Records (PEND13CD )

Believe (2:57) / No Place For The Innocent (5:36) / The Wisdom Of Solomon (7:07) / The Wishing Well (21:07): 1. For Your Journey - 2. Sou' By Sou'west - 3. We Talked - 4. Two Roads / Learning Curve (6:38') / The Edge Of The World (8:20)

Nick Barrett - guitars, vocals
Pete Gee - bass
Clive Nolan - keyboards
Fudge Smith - drums

Fly High Fall Far (ep) (1984) (OOP)
The Jewel (1985)
9:15 Live (1986)
Kowtow (1989)
The R(B)est Of Pendragon (1991) (incl. Fly High... ep)
The World (1991)
The Very, Very Bootleg - Live In Lille, France 1992 (1993)
The Window Of Life (1993)
Fallen Dreams and Angels (ep) (1994)
Utrecht... The Final Frontier (1995)
The Masquerade Overture (1996)
As Good As Gold ep (1996)
Live In Krakow 96 (1997)
The Masquerade Overture (digi-pack w/bonus trk) (1999)
Once Upon A Time In England Vol 1 (1999)
Once Upon A Time In England Vol 2 (1999)
The Round Table (1985-1998) (1999) (Sth Am. mkt)
The History: 1984-2000 (2000) (Polish mkt)
Not Of This World (2001)
Acoustically Challenged (2002)
The Jewel (remastered) (2005)
Believe (2005)
Pure (2008)
Concerto Maximo (2009)
Passion (2011)
Out Of Order Comes Chaos (2013)
Men Who Climb Mountains (2014)
Masquerade 20 (2017)

Live... At Last! (VID) (1997)
Live...At Last And More (DVD) (2002)
And Now Everybody To The Stage (DVD) (2005)
Past And Presence (DVD) (2007)
Concerto Maximo (DVD) (2009)
Out Of Order Comes Chaos (DVD) (2012)
Masquerade 20 (DVD) (2017)

Genre: Neo Prog

Origin UK

Added: October 30th 2005
Reviewer: Igor Italiani

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