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George's Last Testament
on 20 November 2002
George returns for one last outing with his first album in over a decade. His sad demise resulted in the record being finished by Jeff Lynne and son Dhanni. Lynne's presence is troubling; he possesses the worst drum sound in rock. He has since admitted that he may have overproduced the project. George himself expressed a preference for a demo-fresh feel. But why break the habit of a life time, eh Jeff? Despite this the album is resolutely a George Harrison record. It bears many of the hallmarks of his solo albums. And, of course, there's more slide guitar than Ringo could shake a drum stick at.
This time out though George's lyrics are the most developed of his career. The usual religious themes are there, but it appears he's grafted over the words. "I was almost a statistic inside a Doctor's case. When I heard the messanger from inner space." This could have been written by Dylan himself. Vocally, Dylan imposes a heavy influence as George replicates his nasal delivery and off hand phrasing. In fact, the first track "Any Road" sounds like it was written with the Travelling Wilbury's in mind.
The strongest tracks include "Rising Sun", "Stuck Inside A Cloud", "Brainwashed", a sprightly cover of "Between The Devil And The Deep Blue Sea", and "Run So Far", previously covered less effectively on Clapton's Journeyman album. Overall, this album is no "All Things Must Pass" but it's the equal of "Extra Texture" or "Cloud Nine".