Orange Crate Art
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Here is a view of the Golden State through rose-colored glasses that's as effervescent and intoxicating as pink champagne. Brian Wilson and Van Dyke Parks trade the roles they occupied nearly three decades ago when they collaborated on songs for the Beach Boys' great lost album, Smile. Orange Crate Art was conceived and overseen by Parks, who brought his old boss Wilson aboard chiefly to give voice to Parks's wistful song cycle. Given that much of the album is set in California, who better than favorite son Wilson to sing these songs? But while Wilson's voice initially evokes images of hot rods and surfboards, here he sings of locomotives and steamboats. Parks's California is a state of mind where time is ephemeral. We're brought to a bucolic yesteryear unmarred by violence and poverty. Orange Crate Art is set in "a world apart." A "hobo heart" is carefree rather than desperate. Time is something to be held back. "Everybody must come home" to a town that shuts down by 8 in the evening because "everybody's got things to do." When all is said and done, there's nothing left but doze off to Parks's pop symphonic arrangement of George Gershwin's "Lullaby." --Steven Stolder
Top Customer Reviews
It's my most played album over the last 5 years. I pray for more Wilson-Parks collaborations in future. Whichever of them is writing the music, there seems to be magic when they work together. Popular music needs this kind of stuff!
Parks' music evokes memories of a California (and America) long since past. You'll find yourself imagining rolling hills, lush scenery and all the wonders of the outdoors as you listen. Not the 1960s fun n' sun of the Beach Boys' best work, but older still -- and much simpler.
Orange Crate Art has to grow on you. But it is infinitely more complex and satisfying than Wilson's other 90s albums. As with the best music, once this album takes hold, you'll keep coming back to it. It's a great, great album.
Stop wishing for "Pet Sounds II" already! Brian Wilson still has a lot to say musically, and on this CD Van Dyke Parks gives him forum in which to say it.
Most recent customer reviews
This is a Van Dyke Parks album about California. Parks brought in his old friend Brian Wilson to sing the lead vocals. And why not? Read morePublished on June 20 2004 by Johnny Heering
Could be the closest thing Brian will ever come to Pet Sounds. Really these songs could have made the best Beach Boys Album since PS. Read morePublished on April 17 2004
This album is meringue, battenburg cake and candyfloss, very sickly and bad for the teeth. Tastes real good for the first ten minutes, then you gradually start turning green and... Read morePublished on April 19 2002 by P. Bryant
This album has a sublime effect on the listener. I loved it from the very first play. It is full of references to California's rich cultural history and serves as somthing of a... Read morePublished on April 10 2002 by Chris Walter
I've still haven't figured out why I like this album this much. I've got a large selection of CD's, album and singles from classical to hard rock and for some reason this CD is the... Read morePublished on Feb. 7 2002 by W. L. Kryn
When I purchased this album, I expected a Brian Wilson album which flowed and grooved like his previous solo debut and other 1995 release, "I Just Wasn't Made For These... Read morePublished on Aug. 24 2000 by Amazon Customer
This one certainly is a masterpiece(stayed in my cd player for months).Mosy aspects have been covered here. Read morePublished on May 7 2000