20/20 (1969) Mar 15, 2019 17:57:39 GMT
Post by Kapitan on Mar 15, 2019 17:57:39 GMT
Is it possible to really enjoy an album but regularly forget about its existence, and then upon recalling its existence, to forget one's appreciation for it? Because that's 20/20 for me.
Much of the criticism I've seen for the album has to do with its hodgepodge nature, that it's not a "proper" album. To that, I say pshaw. It is a collection of songs, which is exactly what an album is. Granted, it isn't a concept album, but who said albums had to be concept albums? I'm sick to death of concept albums, if you want to know the truth. (You probably didn't want to know the truth.)
The main thing I have against this album is that "The Nearest Faraway Place" makes me want to vomit in the elevators whose soundtrack it was meant to be. That song is the worst thing here by a mile. Always was, probably always will be unless my tastes REALLY change.
Probably no surprise by now that I'm not a big fan of the Dennis (or Manson) songs, either--though I have to admit I kind of like "Be With Me." It's got a seductive sort of slink to it, at least until everything starts bleating.
But everything else ranges from pretty good ("Do It Again," low on my list of favorites from among their hits) to spectacular ("Cabin Essence," "Time To Get Alone"). The twofer through which I first became familiar with the album also had some of my favorite bonus tracks, including "Break Away" and "Old Man River."
In the end, I rate 20/20 as probably middle of the pack Beach Boys albums. That's not a bad place to be.