This review is from: Liquid Acrobat As Regards The Air (MP3 Download)
The first proper album for Island-Be Glad For The Song Has No Ending wasn't exactly planned too well, whereas this was.
There are highlights, Red Hair & Here Til Here Is There are excellent still, and Painted Chariot is very good, but lowlights(Evolution Rag and Cosmic Boy are not quirky, they are just plain silly & not much fun)and a pointless rerecording of Trees from the very first album.
The problem is Darling Belle. Fine idea, a sort of Folk-Rock Opera about WWI, but it doesn't fit with the rest of the album or the new image, and sticks out like a sore thumb, making the whole album bitty in the process. If only they'd turned that & not Be Glad into a half-hour show & a film.............!
So the verdict remains, as it was after buying this in 1971, not bad, but not really the right standard we expected.