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on 11 May 2010
Don McLean must have spent a large part of his career wondering what to do after "American Pie" and "Vincent". On the evidence of his latest offering one of the things he should have considered was following the lead of Johnny Cash and Neil Diamond and hiring Rick Rubin to produce it.
The production is tired, the songs are sloppy and the lyrics are naive. The title track is bad enough owing more to an amateur seventies club band but "Run Diana Run" is worse with a chorus line that reads:
"Run Diana run, I think the're getting nearer
"Run Diana run, they're in the rear view mirror".
Quite why he left it 13 years to write and record this tribute is beyond me but it wasn't worth the wait.
For the rest, "Beside Myself" sounds like a sixties B side and "Mary Lost A Ring" is a banal nursery rhyme sung by a sub standard Rick Nelson soundalike. "This Is America" is a tedious dirge and "In A Museum" sums up where this CD should be.
The saccharine "I Was Almost Young" and "Promise To Remember" are about the only songs that redeem this fuzzy, badly mixed album. I suspect for the most part it will spend more time gathering dust than being played.