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Barclay James Harvest


Crossover Prog

2.57 | 73 ratings

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Easy Livin
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3 stars Caught in a rut

With Wooly Wolstenholme long since gone, BJH remained a trio for this album, but the lack of one of Wooly's epic compositions is only one of several shortcomings.

The keyboards sound like they were played on the sort of budget priced synthesiser you can buy for the home. The songs are generally lacking in the inspiration which the band had found in both their Harvest and early Polydor days. It's not that they are bad, but they tend to leave an impression of a band which has gone flat, and is going through the motions.

Things start well enough with the ecologically aware track "Who do we think we are?". After that it's really BJH by the numbers, descending into farce with "spud-u-like", a real low point for the band, and a million miles from tracks such as "She said" and "Summer soldier". Towards the end, the band's tribute to their own classic "Mocking bird", subtly titled "Once more" helps to restore one's faith. It's a clever pastiche of the original track, similar to the way "Poor man's moody blues" (from "Gone to earth") related to "Nights in white satin".

All in all, it's a pleasant enough album, but it is light years from when they were at their peak.

Easy Livin | 3/5 |


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