Keith Reid now writes lyrics of the more ordinary order and the album does look like it's pitched at the AOR nostalgic market. Gary Brooker's voice is still distinctive and original and does in some places reach some uplifting moments. Perpetual Motion, Holding On, and The Truth Won't Fade Away are high on melodic quality and capture some of the 'harum' of old, but there are too many fillers, particularly in the latter stages.
There's nothing nasty, embarrassing, or bad about Prodigal Stranger. It just for most parts sits too easy in the distance. Shame because the band still carry a lot of talent and always leave you feeling they could go a bit further.
Unlikely to win many new friends but a solid performance. A few great moments but not enough.
Grade B -