On the surface, Believe It! is standard-issue bar-band blues-rock, but it is distinguished by Joanna Connor's passion for the music. Connor believes in the music so much, it can't help but appear in the grooves every once in a while. In particular, her guitar playing is noteworthy – it's tough, greasy, and powerful. Believe It! suffers from a lack of memorable songs – she's still trying to develop a distinctive songwriting voice – but Connor's strong performances carry the album through any weak moments.
For more than fifty years, Eino Tamberg has remained an influential figure in the musical life of his native Estonia. His breakthrough on the international music scene came in 1956 with Concerto grosso, Op.5, which also heralded the success of the ‘new wave' of Estonian composers, including Arvo Pärt, Veljo Tormis and others. The Symphonic Dances, Op.6 incorporates Estonian folk tunes. A later work, the Suite from ‘Joanna Tentata' from 1972, serves as an example of Tamberg's great interest in the theatre. The plot of the ballet for which the original score was composed picks up more or less where Penderecki's famous opera ‘The Devils from Loudun' ends – the story of a French 17th-century convent in which the nuns have become possessed, and of the love between the convent's Mother Superior and a pious young priest.