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Barclay James Harvest


Crossover Prog

2.68 | 78 ratings

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3 stars Changes, but not progress

BJH's early exploration of different sounds and styles was well behind them by 1983, and in its place came some pretty standard fare. The songs here are soft rock; Alan Parsons Project type compositions. There's no real progressive rock, even longer songs such as the title track have little variety or excitement to them.

Don't get me wrong, there are some good tracks here. "Just a day away" has some fine Spanish style trumpet, and "Teenage heart" is a pleasant acoustic ballad. On the down side though, "Highwire" is just pop, and tracks like "Fifties child" and "Looking for the outside" appear to include a drum machine for some reason.

All the tracks are written by Les Holroyd or John Lees, but never together. Even if that in itself is not unusual, there are further indications here perhaps there that the two are heading in different directions.

Not a bad album, but far from the band's best.

Easy Livin | 3/5 |


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