Album Review: Eternal Magus by Barra

Album Name: Eternal Magus
Artist: Barra
Year/Label: 2003 / Independent

Review by Anna Maria Stjärnell

Please note: this review has been altered from it’s original form per request from the artist and former label

Barra were formed in the 1980s but due to unfortunate circumstances their album hasn’t been released until now.

The band’s Celtic-tinged, pagan-themed rock is of its time but still sounds good. The vocalist Tracey-Anne Sparkes sings beautifully and the band’s other members Alan Wishart, Colin Cumming [portion removed] play with great dexterity.

The lovely singing and good melody of “Gnosis” make it a standout in every respect. “Green Man” is a powerful song that must have sounded even better live.

“Seafever” is a melancholy song with plaintive-sounding guitars and an oddly delivered but effective vocal.

“Battlescars” is a majestic, tribal-sounding song.[portion removed]

“Silverman” is a hard song with a frantic pace and soaring vocals. This record is a great find.

Posted on February 16, 2003

Track Listing
1. Eternal Magus
2. Gifts for Violet
3. Gnosis
4. Green Man
5. Journey
6. Palestine
7. Seafever(version 1)
8. Universe
9. Battlescars
10. Badda
11. Never Never
12. Silverman
13. Blushing Red
14. Power of Three
15. Seafever(version 2)

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