It’s not surprising that someone working in the financial district of New York on September 11, and then caught on a tube in London on July 7 should decide that a complete change of lifestyle is necessary. Russian-born and US-raised, Daniel Hertzov moved to Glasgow and decided to follow his passion for music. After living a life so full of incident it might be expected that this debut album would somehow be adventurous, unfortunately Hertzov seems to have taken a very cautious approach to songwriting, resulting in an adequate album with the occasional hint of better things to come.
On the plus side is the excellent love song “6 Years” with evocative heartfelt lyrics that make the listener believe it is a song drawn from the songwriter’s own life. Perhaps it is, but Hertzov wrote all 12 tracks on the album, and it is this emotion and depth – real or imagined – that much of the rest of the album lacks.
Another of the reasons why perhaps the album is ultimately disappointing is that the opening, and title, track starts so strongly, promising excellent things to come. Ultimately though, like much of the rest of the album it just drifts along and never quite grabs the listener’s attention for more than a few seconds.
Despite its brief glimpses of promise, Believing sadly fails to deliver. However there is something about it that makes the listener feel that perhaps there just might be better to come.