Average Rating 6.61
I believe that when Woolly Wolstenholme left Barclay
James Harvest they lost some of their aprkle and
This is the first of what I would call the
"formula albums" where John Lees and Les
Holroyd share the songwriting in equal amounts.
A number of BJH fans have questioned whether this
policy has been right. I prefer John's songs - it's a
personal thing. They always seem to be more original and
I believe that is illustrated with this album.
It does improve the more you hear it, but it is short
of a vital undefinible ingredient. "Rock N Roll
Lady", "The Song (They Love to Sing)",
"Love on the Line" and "Alright Down Get
Boogie" are very ordinary and the album is saved by
the likes of Skin Flicks which seems to be two
distinctive songs in one and "Play to the
World" which for me is one of Les' best songs.
Many of the basic BJH ingredients are here - the
expansive guitar work, the crashing keyboards but they
are less original and more sterile.
Thankfully there was better to come.
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