Michael S. Mahoney

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Location: Louisville, KY United States


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Surfer Girl/V2 Shut Down ~ Beach Boys
4.0 out of 5 stars Imagining Teenage Heaven, April 10 2004
Pressured on multiple fronts, Brian Wilson somehow managed to create a California utopia that he rarely if ever inhabited himself. Though his wounded spirit fills "In My Room, the "Surfer Girl" album essentially serves as soundtrack for Dennis, the younger brother Nick Kent once described as "shiftless and dumb as hell." Cars and perky girls dominate "Shut Down Volume 2," which features the incomparable "Don't Worry Baby." Wilson is at his most transcendent when trying to twist a lid on fear and doubt. "The Warmth of the Sun," written at the time of JFK's assassination, is a perfect song, sweet sadness and longing transformed into… Read more
On the Beach ~ Neil Young
On the Beach ~ Neil Young
5.0 out of 5 stars Don't Turn Away, April 1 2004
"On the Beach" chronicles a long trip gone bad. It's a moody, reflective album that closes with three songs that prove that even a Canuck can sing the blues. The playing gives new meaning to the term laid-back. More like up-ended. Despite the jaunty opener "Walk On" and the gloriously demented "Revolution Blues," where Young adopts the persona of old acquaintance Charlie Manson, the overall feel is one of resignation. "Ambulance Blues" features some of Young's finest lyrical turns. "All along the Navajo Trail," he wearily sings, "Burn-outs stub their toes on garbage pails." It's a chilling line, a version of American history… Read more
American Stars 'n Bars ~ Neil Young
American Stars 'n Bars ~ Neil Young
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"American Stars 'N Bars" is a foster home for wayward songs, the forgettable and truly stupid taking up residence with the occasional gem. After a Carolina vixen makes the good ol' boys drool in "Bight the Bullet," a number Young must have stolen from his cousin Angus, the keepers finally get their due. "Star of Bethlehem" is a fine ballad that features the peerless harmonizing of Emmylou Harris. A recording curiosity that Young strummed to life next to some crackling logs, "Will to Love" follows the upstream journey of an amorous "harpoon dodger." With vibes the song drifts into David Bowie waters - you almost expect the lyric "Ocean control to Major Fish." The tune is dopey and… Read more