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A bit of touch and go, but ample of quality.,
This review is from: American Pie - The Greatest Hits (Audio CD)
Arguably, some of the picks on this record is a bit of touch and go, in terms of quality. Certainly, there is more than a handful I could have lived without, but hey, that's they beauty of modern day programmable players and CD burners.
I have made my own selection of 14 songs from this CD which is not only of incredible quality, but also has an almost haunting beauty which you will be hard pressed to find elsewhere. I'm thinking of the beautiful acoustic set of Winterwood, Empty Chairs, Croosroads and of course Vincent, one of the best known tracks here - but also of the delightful traditional Mountains Of Mourne, with the humerous lyrics about longing back to where one comes from, which McLean does an absolutely stunning take on. The longing in his voice almost moves me to tears. And special mention goes to the amazing war-protest song The Grave, which is one of the most chilling songs I've ever heard; opening with the chilling statement "The grave that they dug him had flowers", and including the heart-wrenching monologue of the soldier in speak, "He crouched ever lower, ever lower with fear. >>they can't let me die! the can't let me die here! I'll cover myself with the mud and the earth. I'll cover myself! I know I'm not brave! The earth! the earth! the earth is my grave.<<" Classic.
But the album has an equal share of more upbeat moments. Of course, the all-dominant title track, but also the intriguing Dreidel, the songs that keeps morphing into something new, is high on my list of favorites, the rocking Going For The Gold is an interesting diversion in style, and the more folk-oriented Respectable, Castles In The Air, Fool's Paradise and If We Try all make for pleasant listenings. And of course, the remake of Boy George's Crying might have been made with a smile on the lip, but is none-the-less pretty darn good.