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Barclay James Harvest


Crossover Prog

3.63 | 194 ratings

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2 stars Time typical ghost

This is a very typical Barclay James Harvest album, perhaps even the most typical one. It has all the band's trademarks and no real surprises. As often, there is a song about Jesus (Sweet Jesus), there is a song about prostitutes (One Night), as well as a song that builds on another band's work (Titles - this one builds on the work of The Beatles as Poor Man's Moody Blues would later build on the work of The Moody Blues. The entire lyrical content of this song is made up by Beatles' song titles). Not very inspiring at all in my opinion!

If there is anything at all to put this album apart from the others in the vast discography of this band it has to be that this one is even more laid-back than the rest! The two albums that surrounded it (Everyone Is Everybody Else and Octoberon), for example, are both distinctively better.

As always, the best and most progressive song is written by Woolly Wolstenholme. This time it is Beyond The Grave which is a very typical Wolstenholme composition but also one of his better ones. But hardly something to blow the Prog fan away. In My Life, Jonathan, Song For You, Hymn For The Children and Moongirl are all decent songs, but certainly nothing remarkable. The aforementioned trio of Sweet Jesus, Titles and One Night are quite uninspired, lacking in inspiration both lyrically and musically.

The word 'typical' is a very good description of this album. However, being typical is not necessarily a bad thing if you like this band. But as far as I'm concerned, this album - like so many others by this band - is for fans and collectors only.

SouthSideoftheSky | 2/5 |


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