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Roy Harper


Prog Folk

4.12 | 16 ratings

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5 stars After returning with the stunning Man And Myth album, it's time to look at some of Roy Harper's ignored later day material. 2001's The Green Man was everything that 1971's Stormcock was not. As with Stormcock, there are no bass or drums featured on The Green Man. But gone are the obtuse lyrics, death march tempos, lack of truly beautiful melodies, and the flat colorless deadpan vocals that dragged Stormcock down almost to a standstill. (The codas on Same Old Rock and Me And My Woman not withstanding.) The Green Man is a celebration of the intrinsic beauty of the earth (The Green Man, Wishing Well) as well as a condemnation of those that abuse that beauty (New England, Rushing Camelot) without sounding preachy. The song Solar Wind Sculptures is about the how the world appears through the eyes of an autistic child described in words and music. Outstanding. Roy has me convinced. The Monster is about the underlying insanity in all of us and its unending domino effect on society.

Roy is joined on this album with Canada's Jeff Martin, of the group the Tea Party, who is outstanding on 12 string acoustic, six string acoustic slide, mandolin and an honest-to-God hurdy-gurdy. Accented by ulleann pipes and whistles on a few songs, the album has a slightly baroque feeling while being completely fresh sounding and truly immersed in the 21st century. All 11 songs on the album are truly melodic wonders. Harper's vocals are majestic and impassioned. Indeed, his perfect pitch voice is almost an instrument in itself. If any album deserves to be called folk-prog, this is it. The Green Man is truly the unsung masterpiece in Harper's catalog. 5 stars!

SteveG | 5/5 |


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