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BROKEN BARRICADES

Procol Harum

 

Crossover Prog

3.32 | 100 ratings

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ZowieZiggy
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2 stars While the dark "Home" was a continuation of their classic style, this one is more guitar-oriented. More of a rocking (and bluesy) affair.

Still, the opener which is one of their hardest number is an excellent song. Trower delivering a great guitar part; he is also superbly backed up by the whole band. "Simple Sister" is amazingly powerful and hypnotic. The kind of track that pushes you to listen to it again as soon as it finishes. THE highlight.

The title track is another classic type of Procol song. A sad mood and a melancholic tone. It could have been featured on "Home". I quote: "Whose husband was the first to fall? Who died the worst death of them all"?

The band has not forgotten their bluesy influenced music either, but frankly "Memorial Drive", "Playmate Of The Mouth" or "Poor Mohammed" don't hold too much of a good song.

This album is rather a deception for me. "Home" showed that "Procol Harum" had pretty well digested Fisher's departure, but they couldn't reach the same quality on this work. The psychedelic "Song For A Dreamer" is original but no more. Another manner for Trower to show his talent.

If you would except the great opener, there is nothing outstanding here. Just an average album. Two stars.

ZowieZiggy | 2/5 |

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