Mojo (Publisher) - 4/04, p.1203 stars out of 5
- "[T]hough 1981's SOMEWHERE IN ENGLAND numbers among the most ignored Beatles-related albums, it sounds positively vivacious by comparison."
Personnel: George Harrison (vocals, guitar, keyboards, synthesizer); Tom Scott (lyricon, horns); Herbie Flowers (tuba, bass); Ray Cooper (keyboards, synthesizer, drums, percussion); Gary Brooker, Al Kooper, Neil Larsen, Mike Moran (keyboards, synthesizer); Willie Weeks (bass); Jim Keltner, Ringo Starr, Dave Mattacks (drums); Alla Rahka (tabla); Paul & Linda McCartney (background vocals).
Personnel: George Harrison (vocals, guitar, keyboards, synthesizer); Herbie Flowers (tuba); Tom Scott (horns, lyricon); Ray Cooper (keyboards, synthesizer, drums, percussion); Gary Brooker, Al Kooper, Mike Moran , Neil Larsen (keyboards, synthesizer); Dave Mattacks, Jim Keltner, Ringo Starr (drums); Alla Rakha (tabla).
Audio Remasterers: John Etchells; Simon Heyworth.
Falling squarely between the soulful, exploratory songwriting of George Harrison's early solo efforts and his later, commercially oriented pop, 1981's SOMEWHERE IN ENGLAND is a varied collection that reflects the guitarist's past with the Beatles and the musical currents of the early '80s. "Blood from a Clone" has an almost New Wave feel to it, and is a vitriolic attack on the corporate music industry (Harrison was embroiled in battles with Warner Brothers over the release of the album).
In the tradition of ABBEY ROAD's "Something," Harrison includes two fluid, slower numbers: "Writing's on the Wall" and the love song "Life Itself." The record's highlight, however, is the John Lennon tribute "All Those Years Ago." The shiny pop pulse nicely balances the sense of longing and loss at the song's core, and contributions from Ringo Starr, Paul and Linda McCartney, and George Martin make it something of a collective statement from a group of old friends. Along with his self-titled album, this is one of Harrison's strongest releases.