Top critical review
6 people found this helpful
Over-rated,but decent enough.
on 10 January 2014
John Lees experiments a bit with a slightly jazzy sound on this album - there's a Steely Dan sound to the 'grumpy old man' lyrics of In Wonderland, but the rest is a mish-mash of the 1980s sound with a couple of excellent quite 'proggy' songs. Ancient Waves is a familiar sounding track with decent lyrics that could have come straight off an 80s album, whilst If You Were Here now is a fairly dull middle of the road rock song. The Real Deal a typical rock number similar to 'cheap the bullet'... On Top of the World is a ballad backed by brass about the loss of the coal mines, sung with a weird US style accent: it's a well trodden path, and let's face it, not many people want to work in coal mines anymore.
The highlights of the album are On Leave and North, both epic tracks that are highly reminiscent of the earlier BJH sound with sweeping orchestral sounds. Unreservedly Yours is a cheerful enough, Celtic tinged pop song.
Overall, it's a decent enough album, but suffers from the same problem as many BJH albums: inconsistent. The vocals by the other singer (John Lees sings on half the tracks) are wrong - sung in a strange American rock accent.