Steve Morse in The Boston Globe, August 29, 1991
Happy Reunion For Art Rockers The next rock reunion? Say hello to Procol Harum, the art-rocking Brits who fashioned the vintage A Whiter Shade of Pale and Conquistador, but have not been together for 15 years. They’ve put aside their differences – mainly regarding a lingering feud between guitarist Robin Trower and Matthew Fisher and produced this rather serious but highly intelligent comeback disk that should please old fans and hook a few new ones. Singer Gary Brooker, whose yearning tenor still makes him sound like Steve Winwood’s brother – leads the way with a keener political focus than before. He hypnotizes on several brooding, reflective tracks such as The Truth Won’t Fade Away, a glimpse of the Vietnam era when we had so much to say right or wrong and the equally anti-war Holding On. Some melodies are a bit too middle-of-the-road and turgid, but much of the album has that gauzy, celestial sound of prime Procol Harum. This reunion seems sincere.
Thanks to Diane Wells
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