Brainwashed - George Harrison
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  • Summary: The late Beatle's final studio album was produced by Jeff Lynne with Harrison's son, Dhani.
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  1. Positive: 12 out of 16
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  1. The songs don't exactly have the stripped-down demo feel Harrison intended--but mercifully aren't as over-glossed as those on his last solo album, 1987's Cloud Nine.
  2. Brainwashed is a rich musical treasure trove well mined in execution and production.
  3. Brainwashed is a warm, frank goodbye, a remarkably poised record about the reality of dying, by a man on the verge.
  4. It's a low-key and playful exit, without highs or lows.
  5. Brainwashed is rich in warm Harrison vocals, couple with his distinctive slide guitar style. Unfortunately, it's also rife with often too-glossy production.
  6. 60
    Although brass and strings add muscle, a certain monotony creeps in towards the end. And there aren't enough strong tunes from the least melodically facile Beatle. [Dec 2002, p.134]
  7. The album certainly holds enough strong melodies and well-written songs to elevate it above the majority of Harrison’s uneven solo career, but is somewhat brought down by Lynne’s posthumous production.

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  1. EricS.
    Nov 22, 2002
    10
    I have no doubt that this is George's best album since "All Things Must Pass" and it's even better than that album in its production. There's no Wall of Sound standing in George's way, and despite what some people think, there's very little, if any at all, of Jeff Lynne's "ELO Treatment" that he usually stamps all over everything he produces. Lyrically, it's right up there with "All Things Must Pass", too. For anybody familiar with recent work by the ex-Fabs, I can tell you one thing -- "One, two, three, four, five, let's go for a drive" this is NOT! Expand
  2. DavidH
    Nov 22, 2002
    10
    A beautiful album! Thanks George, Dhani, Jeff & anyone else involved. :)
  3. Sep 26, 2012
    10
    I love this album. Harrison's writing is pure genius from "Taxman" and "Here comes the sun" to "What is life" to "Any Road". His death was a true tragedy but as Ringo said in his song "Never Without You", 'And your songs, will live on, without you' Expand
  4. AntonioGómezH
    Jan 19, 2003
    10
    Maravillosas canciones de un genial músico que supo conjuntar melodía con sensibilidad, belleza con meditación, sinceridad con profundidad espiritual. Otra de sus obras maestras. Expand
  5. Brian
    Sep 14, 2005
    10
    I'm stunned people would call this over-produced. Perhaps that's just the critics' anti-Lynne bias showing. This album has some really high points, an only a couple low ones. It might not measure up to All Thing Must Pass, but neither did Babe Ruth hit 60 HR every season. Expand
  6. MoeG
    Jan 10, 2007
    10
    This album is an education, on may levels!
  7. montimerm
    Dec 5, 2002
    9
    This album rates a 9.5-9.7. What strikes the listener here concerns Harrison's lyrics; he delivers his strongest, wittiest, and even at times poetic lyric since perhaps his days in that fabulous art-soul band from Liverpool. Still, a few missteps keep this part of the album from attaining an outright "10"; sometimes Harrison loses the fine balance between pop whimsy and earnest profundity to become merely didactic. Happily, this occurs only rarely. Otherwise, Harrison's guitar leads and slide work provide an outstanding argument as to his importance as a rock guitarist. Many have underrated Harrison as merely a "fine" guitarist in contrast to brilliant peers, such as Jeff Beck. But Harrison worked with a subtle palette that underplayed the wide vocabulary of styles of which he was familiar; for a rock guitarist, he incorporated elements of jazz (listen to his use of diminished and augmented ninth chording and key changes in his solos) as well as the fluidity of indian sitar music. Rockablility, folk, and blues coloured his guitar work as well, and on Brainwashed Harrison's ecclecticism not only provides for the lovliest of shadings, but reminds any listener---and guitarist---just how FINE a musician he really was. "Brainwashed" leaves us Harrison's enduring and haunting farewell. A lovely and poignant work, revealing brilliance and flaws altogether. All things may pass, indeed, but never George Harrison's legacy, as this album confirms. Expand

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