• Record Label: Capitol
  • Release Date: Nov 19, 2002
Metascore
77

Generally favorable reviews - based on 16 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 12 out of 16
  2. Negative: 0 out of 16
  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 isn't just a success, it's one of the finest records Harrison ever made.
  3. Brainwashed is a rich musical treasure trove well mined in execution and production.
  4. Stacks up remarkably well against the rest of his oeuvre. [22 Nov 2002, p.76]
  5. Harrison never seemed to recognize the difference between philosophical profundities and the sound of a catchy song, and that may have been his greatest gift to the world. Brainwashed offers a fine, final reminder of that gift.
  6. 80
    A mature and often profound record. [Dec 2002, p.102]
  7. Beautifully fatalistic and unimposingly pedagogical, Brainwashed is quite possibly Harrison's next-to-best album and a sober reminder that his passing is a loss too large to measure.
  8. Brainwashed is a warm, frank goodbye, a remarkably poised record about the reality of dying, by a man on the verge.
  9. Brainwashed is rich in warm Harrison vocals, couple with his distinctive slide guitar style. Unfortunately, it's also rife with often too-glossy production.
  10. It's a low-key and playful exit, without highs or lows.
  11. The result is pretty much what you'd expect from an album bearing Lynne's name on the credits.
  12. The sad thing about Brainwashed is that for the first time in as long as one can remember, it leaves the listener with high hopes for what Harrison would have done next.
  13. 60
    Brainwashed suggests that Harrison's last years were largely comfortable, slow-paced and unaffected by any worries about his relevance. [#12, p.144]
  14. About as well-rounded and polished as albums get. [Dec 2002, p.100]
  15. 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]
  16. 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.
User Score
8.9

Universal acclaim- based on 49 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 30 out of 30
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 30
  3. Negative: 0 out of 30
  1. 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 aI 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' Full Review »
  2. 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. theinsane 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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  3. MoeG
    Jan 10, 2007
    10
    This album is an education, on may levels!