I can't quite make my mind up on this one, the actual songs are worthy of five stars, but in my opinion the three short instrumental pieces tend to break the albums rhythm and may have worked better if consolidated into one longer amalgamation. As it stands I've awarded 4 stars but its really 4 1/2.
I've noticed other reviewers have given this that awful 'progressive rock' tag, but don't expect overly intricate numbers with all manner of wierd and wonderful time signatures from the beggars, what you will get is a mix of straight and mild art rock, with some scottish folky type influences here and there, these proggies will grab at anything to enlarge their genre, I've even known themm to include Steamhammer.
Time machine and Silver peacock are slow to mid tempo with Virginia Scott's mellotron supplementing Alan Park's organ, while Festival is the only track to feature original bassist Marshall Erskine, who also adds a bit of flute. I've no idea sounds a tad poppy for the beggars but it showcases Martin Griffith's vocals very well and is ok. The fox rocks along quite nicely as you would expect during the chase.
Quite different from the debut album that explored the possibilities of fusing rock with classical compositions, but in it's own way just as enjoyable.