Picks and Pans Review: George Harrison
updated 04/09/1979 AT 01:00 AM EST
•originally published 04/09/1979 AT 01:00 AM EST
The opening cut has a rhythmic bottom that sounds perilously close to disco, but, no, it's a false alarm: My Sweet Lord is safe from being boogieized, at least for the time being. The music here is arch-Harrison: lyrically cheery and thematically uplifting (with titles like Love Comes to Everyone, If You Believe, Your Love Is Forever, Dark Sweet Lady). The tones, though, are so restrained and subdued that the tunes track through a whole side unnoticed and indistinguishable. On Faster (inspired by racing car drivers), Harrison opens the throttle a bit, and that's the LP's most energetic number. There are some tasty ballads and lullabies—the romantic Forever especially—but the pacing is relentlessly sluggish. There is hardly any musicianship to remember; what there is, say, on If You Believe, is reminiscent of the Big Sound (slide guitar, horns et al) Harrison achieved on his epic All Things Must Pass. (Grabbing that three-LP set from a discount rack would make more sense than buying this one for new Harrison fans.) Somehow the album raises suspicions that George is a 33 1/3-rpm person caught in a world running at 45.