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  1. May 6, 2016
    9
    By 2010 I think I'd given up hope that here would be another Roy Harper album. For him to make not just any album but this one was absolutely remarkable, as it's every bit as good as most of Roy's stuff from his halcyon days in the late 60s and the 70s. Wonderfully, it has a classic long track (Heaven Is Here), which lives up to his categorisation of "epic progressive acoustic, (a categoryBy 2010 I think I'd given up hope that here would be another Roy Harper album. For him to make not just any album but this one was absolutely remarkable, as it's every bit as good as most of Roy's stuff from his halcyon days in the late 60s and the 70s. Wonderfully, it has a classic long track (Heaven Is Here), which lives up to his categorisation of "epic progressive acoustic, (a category of one)" - wish I could remember who coined that! While not as overtly impressive as the classics such as "One of Those Days In England", familiarity with the song soon brings realisation that the track deserves to be ranked up with his best. And the lyrics wonderfully tell the story of Orpheus, Jason and the golden fleece, his love for Euridice and its disastrous ending all with lyrical beauty, fitting into just a few verses what would normally fill a book. Very clever.
    My favourite track is January Man which, in my opinion, ranks with all time great songs such as Commune. And what a bonus in the shape of Cloud Cuckooland, with Pete Townshend's energetically scrambled lead guitar contribution just the latest fabulous bit of icing on the cake after those from Jimmy Page, David Gilmour and others in the past.
    If you like Roy Harper and haven't bought this yet, you must.
    If you haven't heard Roy Harper, why not start here? Then there's that back catalogue with so many good songs.
    Thanks Roy. Till the next time.
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Metascore
84

Universal acclaim - based on 13 Critics

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  1. 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.”
  2. The Wire
    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]
  3. 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.