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EYES OF THE UNIVERSE

Barclay James Harvest

 

Crossover Prog

2.94 | 77 ratings

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ZowieZiggy
Prog Reviewer
1 stars ONE LEFT AND THE WHOLE COLLAPSED

Well, well, well !

The lasts BJH studio releases were average and the worse could be feared with Woolly's departure. And, unfortunately, we'll get the worse as expected.

"Alright down Get Boogie" is truely ridiculous. Anytime that BJH has tried to be somewhat rockier, they made a fool of themselves. If you have any doubt, do me a favour : just listen to this track to be convinced. If this is not sufficient, do me another fave : just listen to " Rock 'n' Roll Lady" and its very poor vocals to be convinced for the second time.

If you are looking at some good BJH songs, maybe ..."The Song" could match this description ? But do not expect too much. It is all repetitiveness during six minutes. Still, it is one of the very few prog moments in this ocean of crap, really.

BJH belongs to the bands that have marked my youth (75-76). They were symphonic, simple, melodic. In one word, nice to listen to. After "Octoberon", BJH marked a serious change in their musical direction and produced rather average albums (studio or live). This one is the worst so far.

I used to be one of their fans, but not blind. If I compared this work even with their initial Harvest years, there is nothing here to mark one's memory. The stupid "Skin Flinks" is absolutely useless during almost seven minutes and "Capricorn" is another example of a very dispensible song.

Some bearable tracks : "Sperratus" & "Play to the World". Apart from those tracks, there is really nothing that is worth writing about (but I have already wrote too much).

This is BJH at its low (?). One star.

ZowieZiggy | 1/5 |

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