Glorious Fool is an oddly disappointing LP for John Martyn. Produced again by long-time friend, Phil Collins, who was at the controls for the quietly powerful Grace & Danger,1 Glorious Fool (WEA) is the first LP featuring Martyn's band and the first time he has rehearsed for the sessions. This is also the first time that Martyn sounds as if he's straining -for a hard edge on some tracks, commercial acceptance on other- and the first time he hasn't been able to transform otherwise slim material with the seductiveness of his (spontaneous) style.
1 Nope. Phil played drums but Martin Levan was the producer and engineer.
This peculiar Canadian review was published in The Province of Sunday, 25 October 1981. The paper has its base in Vancouver, British Columbia.