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Martin Barre


Crossover Prog

3.32 | 13 ratings

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4 stars Around 1987, 1988, in an interview, Martin Barre declared that a solo album was soon to follow. That album never saw the light of day. Actually, in other interview, Barre stated that when he made music that is capable of being compared with Jethro Tull, he throw the songs away imediately - he wants to build a different persona for his solo career. Hell, Anderson should learn with him.

Thats why he take so long to achieved a solo career, and thats why most people get quite shock when they listen "A Trick of Memory", or any other of his work, for that matter.

About the music itself: Its interesting to notice how Martin can actually rock without never lose his way to finish a song. It should be really difficult to remember the songs to play it live, because nothing seems made up on a rush, everything is meticulous.

"Bug" is a nice start off; "Way Before Your Time" have some play with words and vocals that remind me something of King Crimson's 1980' albums (slightly); "Empty Cafe" is a treat along with "I be thank you"; but the real quality for me hides in the bottom half of the album: its impressive how in the last songs Martin manage to switch from electric to acoustic guitar without losing the feeling of the song and "In the shade of a shadow" is a great close track.

The choise for female vocals with that blues feeling bug me a little, but thats how Martin chases a different persona from JT. In general, it fits.

Great album, lots of good stuff, four stars.

GKR | 4/5 |


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