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Dare - 2001 Belief

ALBUM: Belief
LABEL: MTM Music, Legend
SERIAL: 0681-36, LGD2001
YEAR: 2001


LINEUP: Darren Wharton - vocals, keyboards * Richard Dew - acoustic guitars * Andrew Moore - electric guitars * Julian Gardner - drums

TRACK LISTING: 01 Silent Thunder * 02 Dreams On Fire * 03 White Horses (Lions Heart) * 04 Belief * 05 Run Wild Run Free * 06 We Were Friends * 07 Falling * 08 Where Will You Run To * 09 Take Me Away * 10 Promised Land * 11 Phoenix


Well the change was in the wind.. You could smell it as far back as 'Calm Before The Storm', Dare's comeback album in 1998. The change in direction was welcomed by some, frowned upon by many. Exterminated beyond all doubt is their near heavy metal second album 'Blood From Stone' where they tried to outplay Bon Jovi at their own game. A good album if you like it heavier, but a departure nonetheless. 'Belief' is not so much of a departure, but a combination of the commercial approach derived from their classic debut 'Out Of The Silence' merging into 'Calm Before The Storm'. This time around their brand of melodic rock is crossed with an ambient celtic style, and what a winning style it is. Not as many Pink Floyd traces this time, but instead moving unerringly close to the musical perfection that is the great UK band Iona, though without the female vocals. Lush, ambient, melting, atmospheric.. are all words which spring to mind.

The Songs
Darren Wharton as always, has a simplistic method to creating his songs, but embellishes them with the most stunning and melodic hooks, either with harmony vocals, or keyboards. I'd often wondered what this music would sound like recorded in 3D sound, or some of those wang-fangled audio tools that Alan Parsons uses. Sensational I bet.. For the most part, 'Belief' caresses your aural senses like a deep massage. I sit here humming the thing.. thank god I don't have a lighter handy, I could do some damage! Whether it's on songs like the ethereal 'We Were Friends', or the megatastic 'Falling', which is closest thing to their 'Out Of The Silence' era, their sound is haunting. The title track 'Belief' is simply gorgeous, while 'White Horses' is full of cascading piano's topped off with Darren's soulful vocal delivery.

In Summary
I could go on, but you'd be best to check them all out. It's an 'easy on the ear' listen from start to finish, and Dare are one of those bands where you should unquestioningly buy all of their albums whatever the case. I did. For the high octane melodic rockers out there prone to damaging their neural networks with a sonic blast of mayhem, then perhaps this might be too tame for ya. For the older brigade who like to listen to some classy material in the background, then this is an album to impress your visitors at the dinner party table, or just to spend some quiet time in the bean bag with it. I am sure this is going to be on my repeat play for a long while yet..

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#1 | Jez on June 14 2008 17:19:23
As with 'Beneath The Shining Water' this is a great little album for doing the ironing/knitting too. Don't get me wrong, there are some really beautiful songs on both albums which I really like, but it is way too one paced,and really doesn't get the blood pumping (or anything else for that matter). At the end of the day I think i'm not wrong when I say that people are crying out for more stuff in the 'Out Of Silence' vein or something that vaguely has a pulse would be ok aswell.
#2 | george_the_jack on June 25 2008 16:24:53
In my opinion, this is their weakest record so far...
#3 | sabace on July 17 2012 21:10:12
enjoyable record!
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