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Believers, The - 1992 Extraordinary Life

ARTIST: Believers, The
ALBUM: Extraordinary Life
LABEL: Savage
YEAR: 1992


LINEUP: Andy Skelton - vocals, guitars * Gary Tibbs - bass, vocals * Manny Elias - drums

TRACK LISTING: 01 Extraordinary Life * 02 Promises * 03 Dream Building * 04 All The Love Has Gone * 05 Hit And Run * 06 Urban Shakedown * 07 Heard Every Word * 08 Change Of Heart * 09 Cold Words * 10 This Road

An excellent trio from the UK with a smooth radio style of melodic rock. This one's a real grower actually. When I first heard it, I thought 'ho hum..' but upon repeated listenings, there are some wonderful moments on here worthy of further exploration, and I am a converted fan. All three have played with many different UK artists over the years. Tibbs was previously a member of Adam And The Ants and Roxy Music, Elias has played with ex Van Der Graaf Generator mainman Peter Hamill as well as early UK new wave popsters Naked Eyes, while guitarist Andy Skelton has been a member of John Wetton's touring band, and even appears on Wetton's 'Chasing The Dragon' live album. The closest comparison would be The Outfield, combining their great sense of melody and commercialness. The band benefit from the superb production skills of Greg Ladanyi. Honestly anything Greg gets involved with gets my vote of confidence. The songs on 'Extraordinary Life' I don't think are anything different, but they are given some room by Landanyi's breathy production, plus the professional delivery by these three seasoned musicians. Also contributing is C.J Vanston who does all the keyboards and organs on the abum.

The Songs
Though there are ten songs onboard, it's the sort of album you could switch on in the background and happily hum away to (which is what I do!). From the dynamic opening of the title track 'Extraordinary Life', which is a pulsing AOR effort, lyrically dedicated as an overview of life in America. Extraordinary? Must be for those not familiar with L.A or Hollywood.. All the way through, the album is punctuated with catchy songs. 'Promises', the galloping affair which is 'Dreambuilding' and the fun pop rock of 'Hit And Run'. the ballads are particularly delicious, like 'All The Love Has Gone', and perhaps the albums best moment saved till last 'This Road', with some lovely subtle guitar lines. The trio of 'Heard Every Word', the lovely 'Change Of Heart' and the smooth AOR of 'Cold Words' make for great listening too.

In Summary
Thankfully it's an album that has some quality and consistency across it's ten tracks, and all in all, it's a pleasant surprise, with enough twists and turns, hooks and melodies to interest the melodic rock afficienado. Worth hunting down in the bargain bins if you can find it, or on Ebay. It comes highly recommended from the team at G-DAZE.

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#1 | swazi on January 18 2010 11:16:56
This one was recommended to me by my good friend Wotty, and I am extremely glad he did. A nice little gem we have hear!
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