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Barclay James Harvest


Crossover Prog

3.38 | 194 ratings

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Dark Nazgul
3 stars Finally BJH return to Earth.

"Gone To Earth" is a remarkable step forward from the previous "Octoberon". Finally, the band abandons the pompous atmosphere and the redundant arrangements in favor of simple and melodic songs. For this reason, the general tone of the album is much more varied and enjoyable as "Octoberon". Also the vocal parts have really improved, compared to the previous record.

The songs are all fairly short and usually very melodic. Typical elements of progressive rock are few: it is clearly pop, and not very demanding, but done with class and elegance. Moreover, in addition to featuring tracks from the usual pastoral atmospheres and solemnity (the classic Hymn, Sea Of Tranquility and the beautiful Spirit On The Water) there are other more lively and lighthearted (Friend Of Mine, Leper's Song and Hard Hearted Woman) and then romantic ballads like Love Is Like A Violin and Taking Me Higher: the result is a varied album, which is appreciated immediately, on first listening.

The highlight of the album is Poor Man's Moody Blues, a parody of "Nights In White Satin" by Moody Blues, the band's ironic reply to the accusations of being a botched copy of the Moodies.

Perhaps not essential for lovers of true progressive is still an enjoyable album and one of the best of the band's career. Rating: 6 / 10.

Three stars.

Best song: Poor Man's Moody Blues

Dark Nazgul | 3/5 |


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