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  • Summary: The first new studio release in over 13 years for the British folk singer-songwriter includes a guest appearance by Pete Townsend on guitar.
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  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. Uncut
    Sep 20, 2013
    90
    A magnificent comeback. [Oct 2013, p.57]
  3. 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.
  4. Mojo
    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]
  5. Q Magazine
    Oct 16, 2013
    80
    Effortlessly tuneful, and swathed in allusions to Greek mythology, this is classic Harper. [Nov 2013, p.108]
  6. Sep 23, 2013
    80
    Seventy-two not out: a great record.
  7. 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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  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 absolutelyBy 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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