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XII

Barclay James Harvest

 

Crossover Prog

3.56 | 107 ratings

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SouthSideoftheSky
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3 stars Barclay's Ninth

If you count studio albums only, this was in fact Barclay James Harvest's ninth. And if you include the two live albums, it becomes eleven. So, either they cannot count properly or they cannot count properly.

Anyway, as I have mentioned in other reviews, Barclay James Harvest had a habit of always including one or two horrible songs on each album. This album is no exception. But this time they decided to put the worst stuff up front. The opening number Fantasy: Loving is Easy is a real stinker with very cheesy lyrics. Classics: A Tale of Two Sixties is another low point here. The idea of this song is very similar to Titles from the Time Honoured Ghosts album. And even if Berlin isn't awful I usually skip the first four tracks on almost every listen. After that this album is quite enjoyable!

Fact: The Closed Shop, In Search of England and Harbour are very good, very mellow songs. The Closed Shop in particular has a folky feel due to the inclusion of flutes.

Overall this is a folky and mellow album, with a few rockers thrown in for good measure. One of their best albums, but with some of their best mellow songs.

SouthSideoftheSky | 3/5 |

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