Man and Myth - Roy Harper
Metascore
84

Universal acclaim - based on 13 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 12 out of 13
  2. Negative: 0 out of 13
  1. Sep 20, 2013
    100
    While his guitar-playing remains robust and his vocal range undiminished, it’s the characteristically immersed, impassioned songwriting that most vividly illustrates his ongoing vigour.
  2. Oct 4, 2013
    90
    At the grand age of 72, he’s grown into his voice and can sing with conviction and honesty, but not at the expense of youthful venom.
  3. Sep 20, 2013
    90
    A magnificent comeback. [Oct 2013, p.57]
  4. Dec 10, 2013
    80
    Now far from young, and sounding a little tired, his voice is still tender with yearning, and devotees will welcome a further installment in his emotionally ramshackle story. [Sep 2013, p.52]
  5. Oct 28, 2013
    80
    Man & Myth is Harper at his best, fully in command of his vision, his curious, lovely melodic sensibility, and, of course, his poetry.
  6. 80
    It's not easy or cheery, but it's loaded with old gold. [Oct 2013, p.85]
  7. Oct 16, 2013
    80
    Effortlessly tuneful, and swathed in allusions to Greek mythology, this is classic Harper. [Nov 2013, p.108]
  8. Sep 23, 2013
    80
    Seventy-two not out: a great record.
  9. Sep 20, 2013
    80
    A poetic, typically untethered set within bouzouki pecks and mellotron complement Roy's latest voyage into open-tuned land. [Oct 2013, p.90]
  10. Sep 20, 2013
    80
    There are thoughtful, highly personal songs about love, lust, ageing and identity, with the final two segued tracks lasting for 23 minutes. He's still unique.
  11. Oct 7, 2013
    70
    It feels like a stopgap. Harper explores no new territory, sonically or thematically, on the disc’s seven songs; if anything, it’s a stately retreat into the 72-year-old’s well-trod sound.
  12. Sep 20, 2013
    70
    There may be nothing here that pricks emotion like ‘When An Old Cricketer Leaves The Crease’ and this may not be the truly brazen, bold Harper of the Seventies but it’s a record of reflection, of experimentation, sometimes of egotism, often of near-mystical sadness.
  13. Jan 2, 2014
    60
    Seven songs long, it offers the impression of one continuous tirade, despite the moments of sublime tenderness that illuminate tender courting tunes like “Heaven Is Here” and “The Enemy,” each of which bring to mind such heartfelt Harper ballads as “Commune” and “Another Day.”

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