Exposé Online banner

Believe — World Is Round
(Metal Mind 0682, 2010, CD)

by Paul Hightower, Published 2011-06-01

World Is Round Cover art

Believe are one of the fastest working bands in the progland, this being their fourth album in five years. Founder Mirek Gil (ex-Collage) seems to feel that success will come from building an audience through regular releases, though I’m guessing their sound is also aimed at garnering the kind of mainstream success few prog bands achieve. It’s an attractive sound that one could describe as elegant or romantic, even on harder edged tracks like “No Time Inside” and “Lay Down Forever.” Part of this is due to violinist Satomi whose playing is generally graceful and melodically sensuous. The other factor — in fact the band’s ace in the hole — is singer Karol Wroblewski who is blessed with the sort of youthful charisma and vocal prowess usually reserved for the Rob Thomases of the world. He belts it out almost metal style on “Cut Me Paste Me,” though for the most part he has a soulful delivery that compares with the likes of Seal. He gets ample support from Gil, Satomi, and new keyboard player Konrad Wantrych, who provide textural window dressing plus occasional leads and ornamentation. Drummer Vlodi Tafel (also ex-Collage) and bassist Przemas Zawadzki benefit from Winicjusz Chróst’s full-spectrum production that really pays dividends on songs like “Guru,” that also feature touches of the exotic courtesy of Tomek Osiecki’s sitar and dilruba. Believe’s music won’t appeal to everyone, though few prog bands are as successful at appealing to the heart as well as the mind. Recommended.


Filed under: New releases, Issue 39, 2010 releases

Related artist(s): Believe

Latest news

2017-10-18
Phil Miller RIP – Sad word reaches us today of the passing of another of the great musicians of the Canterbury Scene — guitarist Phil Miller. His distinctive sound added greatly to Matching Mole, Hatfield and the North, and National Health, and he also contributed to albums by Caravan, Dave Stewart $amp; Barbara Gaskin, and many others. He was 68. » Read more

2017-10-13
Moonjune to Distribute Tony Levin's Back Catalog – It has been announced that Moonjune will now handle distribution for Tony Levin's catalog of releases. These great albums will now be a bit easier to get hold of, so check out the site and see what you're missing. The veteran of King Crimson and Stick Men worked with a host of great players on these albums, and we've reviewed most of them over the course of the years. » Read more

2017-09-26
Bandcamp Shines Light on Niches We Like – Bandcamp has developed into one of the best places to discover new music, and even a lot of old music is showing up there. In addition, their staff has been producing periodic articles spotlighting some interesting stylistic areas. On 20 September, they published one called "The New Face of Prog Rock" which bears checking out. » Read more

2017-09-06
Holger Czukay RIP – Holger Czukay, a musical experimentalist without boundaries who has been involved with expanding the sound palette of rock music since the late 60s, has died at the age of 79. After studying with Karlheinz Stockhausen in the early 60s, he became fascinated with the possibilities of rock music, and was a co-founder of the pioneering group Can. He leaves behind an impressive body of work both as musician and producer. » Read more

2017-08-22
John Abercrombie RIP – Another of the greats of jazz guitar has left us. John Abercrombie plied his way through a beautiful series of albums on the ECM label as well as bringing his talent to bear on albums by many of jazz's greatest artists. From his early work in the group Dreams to Gateway and outstanding work with Billy Cobham, Jack DeJohnette, Kenny Wheeler, and many more to his own trios and quartets, he brought a unique instrumental voice to the world. » Read more


Previously in Exposé...

Lana Lane - Love Is An Illusion – Remember an album called Passionworks by Heart? With that given as a basic reference for most of the songs on vocalist Lana Lane's album, there are some slight diversions, mostly in the...  (1996) » Read more



Listen & discover



Print issues