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5.0 out of 5 stars Beautiful
The critics had a field day dismissing this album: religious preaching, holier than thou lyrics and all the rest of it. Why can't people listen to the music for a change? How can anyone be offended by spiritual conviction? Or should I say scared? The same thing happened with Dylan when he became a Christian....it would seem that people prefer no allegiances to...
Published on 4 Feb 2005 by John Heaton

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3.0 out of 5 stars Not in the same league as "All Things Must Pass"
This album has all the Harrison trade marks; soft vocals, melodic slide guitar and non-standard chord changes, but is without doubt, not in the same league as All Things Must Pass, certainly in my opinion, the strongest of all the ex-Beatles' solo albums!

The songs are pretty weak (neither melodic or even strong lyrics), the vocals are weak (Harrison may have...
Published on 14 Mar 2009 by SMc


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2 of 12 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Not in the same league as "All Things Must Pass", 14 Mar 2009
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This album has all the Harrison trade marks; soft vocals, melodic slide guitar and non-standard chord changes, but is without doubt, not in the same league as All Things Must Pass, certainly in my opinion, the strongest of all the ex-Beatles' solo albums!

The songs are pretty weak (neither melodic or even strong lyrics), the vocals are weak (Harrison may have had vocal-chord problems at the time) and I wonder if Harrison had to commit himself to delivering this album from a contractual stance. He produced better albums either side of this album, but the album opener "Give me Love (Give Me Peace On Earth) is a lovely melodic song with a meaningful lyric. It's a pity the majority of the album doesn't follow this trend.
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4 of 21 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Drab and colourless, 14 Mar 2002
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Released in 1973 Living in the Material World was George Harrison's first album of new music since the magnificent All Things Must Pass. With Harrison's reputation as a newly emerged songwriter earning him praise from his peers and fans alike, Living in the Material World came as a bitter dissappointment. Gone was the big band Phil Spector sound, soothing melodies and driving rhythm, Living in the Material World comes across as thin, feeble and lacking in any real energy. The lyrics are dreary and overly religious. Most of the tunes are woeful and tiresome. This said, there are a few golden moments on this album, notably the peaceful Give Me Love, with it's graceful slide guitar and reflective mood. That is All, the final track is also worth noting, but, alas, the remaining tracks are poorly produced and infinately inferior to anything on All Things Must Pass. The track Sue Me, Sue You Blues finally put the nail in the coffin for die hard Beatles fans showing the bitterness that George evidently felt. This is a very uninspired album from a man who showed so much promise
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