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Barclay James  Harvest - Once Again CD (album) cover


Barclay James Harvest


Crossover Prog

3.80 | 231 ratings

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5 stars 4.5 Just!

Just scraping the lead over The Moody Blues' 'To our Children's Children's Children'. This seems more involving than the above, perhaps through the greater level of melancholy in the music.

'She Said' is of course a classic BJH track, piercing guitar and rattling drums, contrasted with the down-hearted quiet section afterwards, which again elevates towards the end with impressive guitar work with the same piercing tone. 'Galadriel' is more orchestral with a quieter feel, the orchestra giving very nice depth. 'Happy old World' is not one of my favourites due to the chorus, although the bass work is very nice.

'Song for Dying' has that same piercing guitar tone, and is one my favourite tracks with very nice piano. The vocals are relaxing yet powerful, the odd bit of bass is effective with the accompanying drumbeat and the track is overall very textured. 'Mocking Bird' is again orientated around orchestra, but the repetition can get. repetitive. This fades and a powerful menacing instrumental kicks in. The orchestra is left to finish the track.

'Vanessa Simmons' is very lyrical, composing simply of an acoustic guitar and harmonic vocals. The music is well structured and variant. Overall, the album is very good, and due to some classic examples, scrapes the status of a masterpiece.

ProgHappy | 5/5 |


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