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Exotic Birds and Fruit

Contemporary album review


Exotic Birds and Fruit: Procol Harum (Chrysalis CHT 1058): Alan Niester in Rolling Stone, 20 June 1974

Exotic Birds and Fruit is another slab of false majesty for which this band has become noted: elephantine, grandiose production, pretentious, empty lyrics and the sort of artistic posturing that would embarrass Ted Baxter.

Except for the bouncy Nothing but the Truth, every cut on the album has been heard at least twice already and wasn't that interesting the first time around. The last sign of any vitality or originality in the band was heard on Broken Barricades; even the syphilitic attempts at humor attempted in Grand Hotel are now missing. Procol Harum is a perfect example of a band that has outlived its usefulness, and even staunch fans will undoubtedly be disappointed by this latest effort.


Thanks to Joan May for submitting this to BtP. Joan comments (December 1998):

I think this is the only review I've ever read wherein I've disagreed with Every Single Sentence!


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