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Barclay James Harvest


Crossover Prog

3.80 | 233 ratings

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Frankie Flowers
4 stars "Once Again" is a vintage classic. Recorded in late-1970, it of course retains a certain charm and beauty that could have only been captured during its time. When it comes to the sound on the album, it's agreed that there are many nods towards Moody Blues' classic era, mostly due to the atmospheric keyboards and mellotron work. But as another reviewer said, there are other edges to this music too, including the similar bittersweet qualities from early King Crimson.

"She Said" is the great opener, and talking of edge the hard-rock guitar here is very powerful over some of the other gentle arrangements. It's nice how this piece has a tranquil middle section with flute to calm the nerves before crashing back to the powerful verse lead-chorus. "Happy Old World" is another strong piece with some dark lyrics touching on the environment. The keyboards are quite eerie here.

These songs are catchy as well as melodic. They are melancholic too, while still being soft, pleasant and comfy, especially the following "A Song For Dying", a very emotional anti-war song. "Galadriel" and "Mockingbird" are definitely two personal favourites with Robert Godfrey's orchestral arrangements adding to the glory. "Mockingbird" really is the most stunning and majestic of all. The edgy guitar appears towards the end as well. This is a brilliant fusion of rock, folk and classical styles.

There are some mellow moments towards the end. "Vanessa Simmons" is a lovely folky acoustic song. The last two pieces on the original release "Ball And Chain" and "Lady Loves" aren't quite as good as the others but still very likeable, particularly the latter. Wonderful album this! Four solid stars.

Frankie Flowers | 4/5 |


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