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Question: Rate 20/20
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« Reply #150 on: August 06, 2016, 05:14:48 AM »

In "I Can Hear Music" there is a nearly inaudible shout(?) buried under the part where Carl sings "the sounds of the city baby, seem to disappear." It happens at the same time later. I always wondered if this was left on there intentionally.
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« Reply #151 on: August 06, 2016, 07:37:08 AM »

Apart from the juvenile "All I Want To Do" I'd say not a bad track in sight. (Yes, even the much-maligned "screaming guitar" on "Bluebirds" sounds great to me.) I think the sheer variety helps.

I confess to preferring the single, one-word version of "Cotton Fields" but Brian's original has its own charms. "I Can Hear Music" is simply stunning and far superior, I feel, to "Then I Kissed Her" in the Spector stakes. All good stuff. Even the "Smile" tracks fit in nicely.

Well... "AIWTD" is mercifully brief so I'll be charitable (it's the weekend and the sun's out) and give it 5/5. :=)
   
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« Reply #152 on: August 01, 2017, 11:08:26 AM »

I've always felt like this album was always a mish-mash of songs that were all over the place stylistically. But given how it was their last album before they left Capitol, I guess I'm not surprised. Anyway, Cotton Fields and Bluebirds Over the Mountain are so-so for me, but I don't really like any versions of those songs that much. They're nice, but nothing too impressive. Better is I Can Hear Music, with great production and vocals from Carl, plus a breathtaking acapella section towards the end. Time To Get Alone is lovely, as is I Went To Sleep, so Brian's contributions are excellent as usual. Then of course there's Our Prayer and Cabin Essence, both Smile tracks, which don't really fit in with the rest of the album, but are such strong tracks they're still more than worthy additions to the track listing. I don't care for the Dennis songs this time around, either, but it's good to see him continue to try and improve his songwriting abilities. It's a bit of a mess with all the different variety of songs (but on the plus side, you could argue that there's something for everyone), and not all of them are up to par, but it still manages to be a pretty good outing.

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