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Barclay James Harvest


Crossover Prog

2.90 | 58 ratings

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4 stars An impressive, even sublime. achievement indeed for a band whose classic work was more than a decade past. Many of the post Wolstenholme albums were dissappointing and brought down by a sameness, song after song. True, a few very good songs would appear, but albums in toto could not be considered successes, considering the heights the group had reached. Here, beginning with the hauntingly powerful masterpiece "John Lennon's Guitar," this effort is a glorious return to form .

Those critical are just asking too much. No, this isn't cover to cover BJH's best, but over half of it -- cuts 5-12 -- captures the lofty essence of their art with finely crafted instrumentals, gorgeous vocals, and fine songwriiting. Les is at the absolute top of his game here too. True, it takes a few songs to get rolling, but once it does it ranks with their best. Some might call this soporific -- so be it. I label it poignant. So this is the best studio work from BJH since 1978! BJH are among the most underrated prog outfits in all of music history and I had essentially given up hope that they'd ever achieve this level of insiration again. So from that standpoint it merits praise.

CaptPike | 4/5 |


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