Songs Cycled - Van Dyke Parks
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  1. Jul 26, 2013
    10
    Beautiful melodicism and ornate instrumentation combine to make a heady mixture, despite Van Dyke Parks voice which is an acquired taste, though well worth getting used to in order to access this achievement.
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76

Generally favorable reviews - based on 21 Critics

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  1. Positive: 16 out of 21
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  1. Aug 16, 2013
    75
    Songs Cycled completes Parks' transformation from oddball torchbearer to full-on musical time capsule. [No. 101, p.59]
  2. Aug 9, 2013
    80
    It carries the manic, youthful energy of Parks’s very best works, plants itself deep inside the listener’s brain as though tapping into some deep American (meaning in this case both North American and West Indian) musical unconscious, and magically holds together as a single, unified and exhilarating listening experience despite its meandering through a dauntingly wide range of material and approaches.
  3. Aug 7, 2013
    70
    It seems unlikely that the artist will ever be widely recognized for his contribution, but in the meantime, Songs Cycled should provide energy and inspiration for VDP evangelists everywhere.