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Barclay James Harvest


Crossover Prog

2.58 | 106 ratings

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2 stars Waiting of the borderline (between the decent and the mediocre)

Barclay James Harvest continues here to make decent Soft Rock/Pop music with Turn Of The Tide. Some claim that the Prog-tendencies disappeared with Woolly Wolstenholme, but I think (1) Barclay James Harvest were never very progressive in the first place and (2) that there is some, albeit minimal, light Prog, or at least semi-Prog, still here. It is rapidly declining, however, and a couple of further albums down the road whatever Prog there ever was in these guys would evaporate.

The present album consists mostly of mid-tempo Pop songs that sound pretty much the same. The only song here that deserves special mention is the closer In Memory Of The Martyrs. You should not expect too much from this song in terms of Prog though, but it is quite good. As implied there is little that stands out here, but there is also not much to annoy me this time! There is usually one or two songs on every Barclay James Harvest album that are awful to the point of being unlistenable and Turn Of The Tide is no exception. There is a really awful song in Doctor, Doctor. Life Is For Living became something of a hit for the band and this is also not very good, but not strictly awful either.

In Memory Of The Martyrs and a few other decent moments save this album from a one star rating. Only for fans and collectors this one, approach with much caution.

SouthSideoftheSky | 2/5 |


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