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Not Your Run of the Mill Garden Variety Musical Fare,
This review is from: Song Cycle (Audio CD)It took me many listens before I cracked this album. As with (surely) most other listeners, I first heard the name Van Dyke Parks in connection with the Beach Boys 'Smile' era recordings. Even the most complex of those did little to prepare me for the density of this album. But what at first seems impenetrable is in fact peppered with ways in: hook lines here and there which make repeated listenings increasingly rewarding. 'The All Golden' emerges as insanely uplifting, though on first
hearing(s) just plain odd; 'Donovans Colours' is recognisable for about three bars. Lyrically we are also closer to Finnegan's Wake than 'Help Me, Rhonda' but it is the enduring genuine weirdness of this album that makes it so compelling.
How Parks ever worked again given the amount this must have cost to record and the amount it probably recouped is a mystery all of it's own. Enjoy the sound of one man's eccentric musical vision presented in glorious Technicolour.