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. 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. May 26, 2011
    10
    insane and vintage Harrison slide guitar work. great vocals. hard to believe that Harrison was actually dying while recording this album. the vocals are so strong and they make you believe what they project.
    Lyrics like on a typical Harrison album are philosophical and great. but the highlight is the guitar work. it contains some of his best twang in years. and that slide guitar, not blues-cliched but so lyrical. very beautiful. also one of Harrison's favorite instruments, the ukulele makes quite a few appearances. Needless to say, it adds to the beauty of the record.

    George couldn't have asked for a better farewell. but it also makes you sad, wondering what George could have produced after this, if he had continued. Sublime melody, certainly.
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  2. 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

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