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This review is from: Nilsson - Greatest Hits (Audio CD)
According to the back cover blurb of this economical compilation, when John Lennon and Paul McCartney were asked to name their favourite American musician at a Beatles press conference they answered 'Nilsson'. Hearing the best of these string- and piano-driven tunes - 'Everybody's Talkin'', 'I Guess the Lord Must Be In New York City', 'One', 'Without You' - I can see that they have something of a point. But I can't say that I wholly agreed with their recommendation of the singer-songwriter, despite the technical virtuosity of his three-and-a-half octave voice and baroque musical arrangements. I found some of his own songs, such as 'Cuddly Toy' and 'The Puppy Song', to be too schmaltzy, whilst some of his interpretations of others people's material, like his take on the jazz standard 'As Time Goes By', were unexceptional.