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Barclay James Harvest


Crossover Prog

3.85 | 209 ratings

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3 stars Everyone Is Everybody Else's Somebody

Everyone Is Everybody Else is clearly one of the better studio albums by Barclay James Harvest and a distinct improvement over their last one, the disappointing Baby James Harvest. While listening to this album it feels like they finally gained the confidence in themselves that was lacking from their previous albums (at least the previous two ones). They have also, finally, shelved the overtly Baroque sound that was present on songs like Mockingbird and many others. Here they let the electric guitar speak and augment it with different keyboards, thankfully not restricted to just the Mellotron.

The identity of this band has never before, or since, been as strong as this - this might be the band's ultimate statement. And somehow everything fell into place here (apart from the dreadfully boring cover art!); the lyrics are never horrible and there are no songs containing the word 'love' in the title, nor are there any songs explicitly about Jesus! How is that for a change?

There are some quite strong songs on this album, and it flows pretty well from start to finish. It feels more like a complete piece instead of just a random collection of songs. The great song Child Of The Universe reminds me a lot of Queen. I can almost imagine Freddie Mercury singing this song (but Freddie would do it a lot better, of course!). The American-style Folk rocker Mill Boys is the only song I don't really like here. But this song is so well tied together with the other songs that I don't mind it too much.

The only criticism is that there is not one single Wolly Wolstenholme composition on this album.

Still, good album - possibly their best!

SouthSideoftheSky | 3/5 |


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