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Jeremy Harry Harris
Jeremy Harry Harris

JEREMY HARRY HARRIS
KINGS OF TIME

If you like your rock with bombast, melody, musicianship and enough 70s/80s progpop nostalgia to ice a whole factory floor full of Vovos, Kings of Time, the latest outing from Jeremy Harry Harris, is for you.

…now that I’ve reviewed it as best I can, I won’t be listening to Kings Of Time again, but I’m a staunch defender of the artist’s right to publish as well as the audience’s right to choose.

Harris, best known for his work fronting Stone Circle, delivers the musical goods and then some on this solo outing, which includes a generous 15 tracks of punchy AOR.

Kings Of Time is an album that will excite the interest of those of us of a certain age who wish we still had hair to shake when the guitarist puts the pedal to the metal and still get lost in dreamy keyboard interludes and orchestral arrangements, with strings!  Yep, this album really scoots along and includes track after radio friendly track of competent hard/soft rock.

When I first started listening so I could write this review, I was loving what I heard.  This is the sort of crunchy melodic rock that I still really dig from time to time and loved entirely for a while when I was a kid.  I’m the sort of listener who hears the music first, with the vocals coming in as another instrument in the mix, it takes a while for the lyrics to sink in.

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Harris sure can sing!  He can write and arrange a song, too and, having seen him do it a number of times, I can attest to the fact that he’s a great performer.

Unfortunately, the lyrical content on some of the tracks on Kings Of Time, ‘Sister’ and ‘Sold Me Out’, being the chief offenders, slips into the sort of lazy misogyny that really should have been consigned to a museum, right next to the dinosaurs, a long time ago.

2020 has been a tricky year to navigate, what with a global pandemic as well as an upheaval of social and political change.  In this context some cancel culturists and keyboard warriors are going to want to jump on content like, Tell me, honey what will you do next? / Standing there in your brand new dress…. She’s a wounded beast that’ll take you down (‘Sister’) and Dirty Little Princess / You got your hooks in me (you sold me out) (‘Sold Me Out’), and ‘tut tut’ loudly showing us all how clever and woke they are.  I must admit, now that I’ve reviewed it as best I can, I won’t be listening to Kings Of Time again, but I’m a staunch defender of the artist’s right to publish as well as the audience’s right to choose.

While I’ve made my position clear, it’s up to you to choose your own level of tolerance.  There are some real pearls on Kings Of Time, it’s just a shame that someone didn’t think to have a quiet word to Harris during the recording process and suggest he leave some of his sentiments in the past where they belong.

Make up your own mind, listen to Kings of Time here.

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