Steve Harley

Poetic Justice

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This reissue of the 1996 album of the same name is actually as very solid and subdued set for Stefan Harley. He's in fine voice here, and his own songs are pretty much top of the heap for having been some "20 years past his prime" as some jive Brit journo called him. It's nonsense, of course, since Harley may not have had the hits in the '90s, but certainly had the requisite taste, musicianship and elegance to put a collection of songs together like this one. His covers of Bob Dylan's "Love Minus Zero/No Limit," and Van Morrison's "Crazy Love" both put on offer his roots as a musician and his own, dare we say it, pedigree. Poetic Justice is fine work top to bottom, and should be owned by any fan, or investigated by the curious.

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