Merlin’s Time


Not Al Stewart’s usual historical time frame, no references to famous Nazis. You would almost imagine Al had gone New Age. Al is too highbrow an intellect to ever go full New Age, although the backing chorus does lean towards corny. In 1980 he was beginning to drift towards AOR/MOR territory, but this still has the refinement of his classic work. While 24 Carrots may have had a few too many synthesizer credits to its credit, the harp and mandocello were also making themselves felt. As always, Al Stewart, though armed with potentially million selling melodies, saves himself from the realm Phil Collins by being the most erudite history nerd to have ever made records.

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