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Alvin Lee: 'Still on the Road to Freedom'



Forty years after Ten Years After made a name for itself at Woodstock, guitarist Alvin Lee returns with a sequel to his career-making 1973 solo album. While his chops are as finely honed as ever, it lacks its predecessor's all-star line-up, which robs it of a lot of its punch. The lyrics are heartfelt odes to peace and harmony, but many ears will hear them as warmed-over hippie platitudes, and while there's no denying the depth and breadth of Lee's musical acumen, the all-over-the-place eclecticism of the songs ends up being a distraction rather than a positive. For fans only.

★★ (out of 5 stars)