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BROKEN BARRICADES

Procol Harum

 

Crossover Prog

3.32 | 100 ratings

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kenethlevine
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Prog-Folk Team
2 stars The momentum of their early smash hit was by now quite worn off, and PROCOL HARUM seems to be playing by the numbers here. Trower may be affecting the group sound to a greater degree but it is less with his distinctive panache and more with disinterested licks. While the subject matter may be less depressing than on "Home", the result is not heartwarming.

"Simple Sister" is saved by a fine extended instrumental section and buildup, but is otherwise a rote heavy tune of its time, as are "Memorial Drive", "Playmate of the Mouth", and "Poor Mohammed", which are bluesy by Procol standards but eminently sub-par. The title cut is pretty if far less developed than similar tunes in the group's heyday. With Trower rising to prominence, Brooker and Copping don't shine as much on keys as one would expect from the group; in fact the only song that was something of a stretch for a member was "Song For A Dreamer", in which the guitarist tries on the type of psychedelic style that reflects an aspect of his soon to be initiated solo career, unfortunately with only mild efficacy.

"Power Failure" is the highlight, as It performs natural selection on "Simple Sister" and adds a nimble solo by B.J Wilson. Still, this isn't nearly enough to clear a murky release and break the 2 star barrier.

kenethlevine | 2/5 |

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