Don pilots this album into the sky for an 8 minute Pie, then grabs the yoke and flies the plane straight into the ground. Once the music dies on track 1 it's not coming back to life. Don tries CPR on the Pie-duplicate Everybody Loves Me, but its just chest compressions on a corpse. Beyond the timeless Pie singalong, I think Don also deserves a shout out for creating the "rock is dead" narrative that comes up every decade, and then rock reinvents itself slightly and is hyped as returning. Rock is really dead now, though, and that's ok because we still have the Mayonnaise. C-
My mom had this album and I listened to it as a kid. I can't deny the lightning in a bottle he caught with the opening track. Quite an achievement. Other than that I like the more raucous "everybody loves me" but listening to this years later, nostalgia can't save most of this for me. Generally not a fan of the folky acoustic singer songwriter thing. If he had a more rocking band behind him and more interesting arrangements I might like it more. Sounds like it could use a remaster to my ear.
After leading off with one of the greatest, if not THE greatest, sing-along songs of all-time, this thing turns into a snooze hard and fast. It's almost like those 8 minutes and 42 seconds of the title track were a tease. I guess that song along gives this album a spot on this list. But McLean should have titled this album Ambien because it'll put you to sleep in a hurry.
American Pie by Don McLean (1971) Most boomers are so familiar with the opening track “American Pie” and the third track “Vincent (Starry, Starry Night)”, that I recommend listening to this album starting with the fourth track “Crossroads”, then proceeding to the end before hearing tracks one through three. It’s a rewarding experience. As a a folk/rock singer/songwriter, Don McLean surpassed his mentors (Pete Seeger et al.) in several notable ways. His voice is resonant to the point of being powerful without being strong. His acoustic guitar stylings are well chosen and performed. His poetry is highly descriptive, allusive, and evocative. And it is sung with phrasing that is conversational, spontaneous, and varied. One can easily imagine that his live performance of these songs would inspire other great songs in turn. (McLean’s concert rendition of track six [“Empty Chairs”] was allegedly the inspiration for “Killing Me Softly” performed by Lori Lieberman, Roberta Flack, Lauryn Hill, and others.) The album is superbly recorded, with microphones capturing the tiniest tidbits of resonance and timbre in voice and guitar, from one edge of the fretboard to the other. Pianist Warren Bernhardt (on “Crossroads”) puts the ‘piano’ in ‘pianoforte’. And the engineers at The Record Plant caught it all. Even after fifty years, “Vincent” draws a tear from my eye still. Perhaps it always will. In several ways, the famous opening title track “American Pie” is one of the two weakest cuts on the album (the other being “Everybody Loves Me, Baby”, for similar reasons). Is it possible for a poem like “American Pie” to be too cryptically allusive and cheaply ambiguous? Do some of the alliterations and rhymes border on triteness? Can a chorus can be repeated once or twice too often in an 8:33 recording? Even if the answer to all these questions is ‘no’, McLean’s delivery of the backbeat rock ambience is second-tier. Given that his purpose was to convey a sense of loss, it could have been presented in a less sprightly way. Nevertheless, it’s still a classic. For the identification of the allusions, see Wikipedia references to the mountains of literature on this. My overall take on the meaning of the song “American Pie” is that if you don’t want to be disillusioned, you should avoid having illusions in the first place. But if one listens to this album in all its intended unity, and not dominated by two ‘hits’, one will experience folk with soul—a twofer suitable for any old day. 4/5
Starts off with "American Pie," which I believed is overplayed, but has an interesting history. "Vincent" is a beautiful song about Vincent Van Gogh and drew tears from me as I have contemplated the purpose of living. The rest of the album has melancholy folk tunes, with "Everybody Loves Me, Baby" throwing off the vibe a little, but resettles as the album finishes.
Found a lost gem 💕
Como album en general, es un poco modorro, pero solo el tener Amercan Pie merece estar en la historia de la música
I’m reminded how much shorter albums are enjoyable. At 36 minutes this feels digestible. Also weird al is deeply ingrained in my psyche. I keep thinking of his version of American pie. Also also, the piano on the title track is underrated. Bluesy and great. “Till tomorrow” is a surprisingly short and sweet song. “The grave” is an eerily beautiful song. “Babylon” is another eerily beautiful song. Very good album. One I might return to that I wouldn’t have otherwise not for this project. 4 stars. Maybe even more if decimals were allowed.
Mindestens zwei Songs für die Ewigkeit
The album title is 5/5 alone
always a great album
I really loved this album way more than I expected to. Don's fingerpicked guitar playing is smooth and thoughtful, and accompanies his voice really well. His singing is great, with carefully considered melodies and delivery of lyrics that are really poetic and laid bare. He tells a story, and you get sucked in - pair all this with a really good use of strings and other intrumental features throughout the album... it's just great
only listened to the title track, but listened to this for the first time and it's beautiful! wonderful folky acoustic tracks, will definitely listen again
It's an all-time classic - there's so much more than 'American Pie' on here though. Don is a lovely songwriter and this is a wonderful sunny afternoon listen.
A lovely, lovely, quiet, gentle, evocative, sad album.
Fantastic voice!! Vincent makes me cry. American pie kicks ass. I also liked the last two songs a lot. He's good at the slow tender acoustic songs. A couple of the slow songs sounded a bit too similar imo (especially empty chairs and vincent, for example); wish he cut out a slow song or two and added a more upbeat one, perhaps. that's just me. but still deserving of a five i think.
All time classic
American Pie is still an amazing song. And Vincent. McLean really has a wonderful voice.
I was looking forward to listening this one when I saw it on the list, but then enjoyed it even more than expected. The voice and songwriting are top notch and this album is easily among the best singer-songwriter albums I've ever heard. I listened to it a second time right after finishing the first spin. The instrumentation is sparse with bare bones arrangements, but every note is exactly where it should be to showcase the pure feeling distilled into every track. I can see how people may be disappointed, as it starts off with the stellar American Pie and then every other track on the album seems to be a lot less energetic. But it makes up for that with serene, melancholy beauty and feeling.
Another classic. American Pie and Vincent are standout hits.
Who doesn’t love this? Vincent is my favourite!
This is so incredibly good. "American Pie" and "Vincent" are literally some of the most beautiful songs in the whole world, and the rest of the album somehow manages to do them justice. Holy shit what an experience. 5
Great as always
Since all I knew about this album was "American Pie" (which I've never been the biggest fan of), I was pleasantly surprised. I didn't pay much attention to the lyrics since I was working, but I found his voice really beautiful.
1971. Key Songs: American Pie, Vincent
Fantastic songwriting top to bottom. One reason I'm glad for this project is that I never would have listened to anything of his beyond the title song. Best track: American Pie
hard carried by vincent and american pie though
I’ve heard American Pie (the song) a hundred times and love it so much. I’ve never listened to the album before now. It’s really interesting that it begins with a song like American Pie and then the next four songs are all slower, ballad-y types. It sort of felt like whiplash. But at the same time, I don’t know how else you follow up a song like American Pie. It picks up with Everybody Loves Me, Baby, which was a nice change of pace. Really interesting album.
4-4.5. This album suits a sunrise.
Really chill album
Good lyrics, piano, songwriting, etc. overall very well done
Nice lots of piano
I was shockingly surprised at how much I loved this album.
American Pie mega classic song test of the album is pretty good too enjoyable listen 3.8
Better than I expected!
Was prepared to only like the title track, but wow, great work here from Don McLean. Not a one-hit wonder! Some fantastic songwriting all around. I especially loved "Babylon," which sounds so familiar. It may not be a very dynamic project, but McLean has a great pen and great voice, and he held my attention throughout. Favorite tracks: Babylon, American Pie, Empty Chairs, The Grave. Album art: Not sure about this one, Don. It seems to be a weak reference to the title track, but doesn't really capture the mood of the album at all. It's a decent visual, but cheesy and doesn't fit. Would've made more sense as artwork for the single. 4/5
4 outta 5 mainly because american Pie is an exceptional recording. the record on average is good but a bit dull
I LOVED the title track and played it over and over when I was young, but had never listened to the rest and was surprised by how good the folk-rock was! || The Anti-Vietnam sentiment is clear throughout. The tone and sarcasm in 'everybody loves me baby' is DELICIOUS. Also loved The Grave and the lament for Van Gogh on Vincent || Album clearly is important, but even though it is much deeper than the title track, there still were still some forgettable songs in the middle.
How could you not love the song “American Pie”? The rest of the album isn’t quite that same caliber, but it’s an enjoyable listen. Favorite Track(s): “American Pie,” “Winterwood,” and “Empty Chairs”
A really good album. Had trouble picking just one to be song of the day. Only one song that I really didn't like on the album. American Pie has a lot going on, of course.
Was für ein Einstieg in dieses Werk, ein Jahrhundert Hit, der diese merkwürdige Postmoderne ins Persönliche zieht, ein närrisch melancholisches „On the Road“ durch die Zeiten, angemessen auf über 8 Minuten ausgerollt und fett belegt mit Referenzen. Dieses Frontispiz eines eigentlich dünnen Buches nimmt dann auch 1/4 der Gesamtlänge ein - alles folgende, nachdenklich und leise tretend Arrangierte umschmückt diese eine besondere Blume auf Gottes grüner Wiese angemessen poetisch und zurückhaltend. Nur als Beilage oder Untergrund darf man diesen gleichförmigen Korpus nun wirklich nicht verkennen, zu schön sind manche Stellen und wäre die Messlatte nicht so verrückt gelagert, könnte man unvoreingenommener davon sprechen. Wie so oft bei Songwriter Musik dieser Zeit fallen Namen wie Nick Drake, aber auch Belle&Sebastian können sich hier bedient haben. Ich mag das und suche mal kein fieses Haar in der Suppe: 3.6
Can one song make an album five stars? American Pie may be the quintessential American song of the 20th century - (I listened at least five times today just to be sure). It rekindled memories of my fourth grade music class during our monthly “music appreciation” days when students got to bring their records to share. We all loved it, and American Pie was in regular rotation. A minor frustration was that our teacher had to stop and flip the record halfway through the song. Eight and one-half minutes was too long to fit on just side A of a 45! Great memories and greater song. Its melodic, it’s historical, it’s melancholic, it’s emotional, and it’s spiritual and it rocks, and, and, then we get the rest of the album. Unfortunately, it never comes close. Pretty cool album art - a positive / defiant 70s attitude. No. 4 stars.
American Pie always trips me up because the first version of the song I heard was the Weird Al Star Wars version so thats the original somehow in my mind. That being said American Pie is SUCH a good song. Does a great job of blending the upbeat and slower sections. McLean does much better with uptempo so Everybody Loves me, baby was the other standout for me. American Pie gets this a 4 by itself but none of the other songs can tick it up higher
Classic rock album, really good and easy to litsen to.
Beautiful music, definitely a very talented guy. Album is a little bit samey, but still really good.
classic symbolic storytelling with a great hook
Remember this when I was in grade school... everyone seemed to be singing this tune
The title track is era defining. I don't know the rest of the album well, but it's pretty good.
Ein paar Welthits, der Rest war meist solide.
Recited just sounds like he’s having a lot of fun making it the whole time. Even the last few tracks have spirit in them despite being sadder songs. Title track grows on me the more I hear it. Everybody Loves Me, Baby is clever in the best way possible.
Great album. I've always loved the title track as well as 'Vincent,' but listening to the album as a whole makes me wonder why Don McLean isn't known beyond a few songs. His songwriting and musicianship are great and his vocal range is impressive. He can be a bit on the nose for some things, but when he's great, he's truly great.
Two classic songs. 1st listen in many years. The rest of the album is so nice to listen to. Can't wait to listen again.
Un disco melancólico, suave, a veces con efecto tranquilizador. Don McLean era un nombre que sólo conocía de oídos, pero tiene agradable voz. Creo que me gustó más la segunda mitad y pienso que Cat Power escucha esto. Canciones top: "Empty Chairs", "The Grave" y "Babylon". 8.5/10
Me gustó. Sonidos agradables y chida la de Everybody Loves Me, Baby. Suena pop el disco en general a pesar de lo que sea. Mood: bonito
So I definitely rated the first few albums far too highly. This album was touching and poised. McLean has such a gentle character and never needs to raise his voice to much above a whisper. Great album.
Lovely guitar and some beautiful songs, though he rewrote Vincent (as Crossroads) and American Pie (as Everybody loves me, baby) - but it's still a great body of work.
Excellent piece of americana in my opinion in spite of the title track. Very wistful and laidback.
American Pie is a fantastic song. Also, the rest was pretty good too. He has a nice, soft voice. 2RS
Cheesy, but I liked it
This guy could write a sad song. American Pie is of course an iconic song, but many of the other songs on here are beautiful and heartbreaking. Vincent in particular can bring me to tears just listening to it. 3.5 stars, rounding to 4.
Well it starts off with a huge banger right away. Is pretty solid but slower. No real bad songs on the album, so pretty solid.
So very good
Actually really liked this. I'd heard the title track loads of times but the rest was a pleasant surprise.
Every song was amazing. Sad that I had not heard some of these before.
Album was good. When I heard it I thought hopeful Americana. I could see this being played around a campfire and just being around people you know. Its a comforting album. I liked it overall and believe that my favorite song was perhaps Babylon. 7/10
I had only heard the title track from this album before and was pleasantly surprised. Lots of great folk elements and thoughtful lyrics. Wasn't a big fan of the album as a production some songs seemed to just end. And listening closer to American Pie I found some of the tones to be pretty meh. Amazing lyrically but could have been more refined musically.
Way better than expected of the American Pie album.
There’s a kind of folky subtlety that really gives the songs a big boost. Very pleasant
Probably will be left in time as a one hit wonder for American Pie and its American lore..but I found Don’s album to be among the better folk works I have ever listened to.
Good album with a couple of hits
A link between Nick Drake and James Taylor, the album never surpasses its title song, but Don's expressive vocals offer lots of gems. 4/5
Didn’t know he sang Vincent. Good record overall
Kenne nur "American Pie" und vor allem "Vincent" Auch die anderen Songs - obwohl sehr soft - kann man noch gut hören
Known for the titeltrack, but there's a lot more to this album. It's generally, with one exception, a sad album, but heartfelt and beautiful.
Don McLean was my first ever gig. I was 16 years old and I went with my friend and his mum to the Worthing Assembly Rooms. The poor guy deserved much better than that dump. He had a terrible cold and asked for some sweet tea. He wasn’t sure how he was going to get through American Pie at the end. He thought we’d have to sing it for him. And I guess we kind of did. It’s the perfect singalong song - or the chorus is at least. I made it my mission to remember the lyrics, though, and I do still to this day. And with this album of the day, I enjoyed reminiscing to the title track and to Vincent and Winterwood and just like the Worthing Assembly Rooms, Don Maclean deserved better - more recognition, more success, for writing sweet, folk rock ballads that were always pretty, sometimes enigmatic, usually heartfelt.
94. American Pie - Don McLean 10 tracks. We all know the title track and probably Vincent, but will the other 8 tracks reach such a high bar? No, but what a lovely lovely album. It's just lovely. Beautiful even. Soothing, mellow, glorious, lovelyness. It's just..... lovely. 4/5
First song is great obviously. After that the album slows down and is a very nice peaceful album not what I was expecting but really enjoyed
Very nice album
American Pie, the song, is classic and Vincent (Stary Stary Night) is one of my favorites by Don McLean. Until this list came out, I never heard the whole album before. It has become one of my favorites. This is the third time it has come up for me. Standouts: American Pie, Vincent. Till Tomorrow, Crossroads, Winterwood, Empty Chairs, The Grave 4/5
American Pie, Vincent, etc.
This album is kind of beautiful, simple instrumentation and vocals but really calming, pretty. American Pie is a multigenerational song, don’t sleep on Vincent which is absolutely gorgeous.
I really enjoyed it. Nothing beats American Pie but I still enjoyed Vincent and Everybody Loves Me, Baby a lot.
Easy Listening - Sounds like Simon and Garfunkel
Okay, I really liked this. The cutesyness threatens to overpower everything but Mclean’s clean vocals keep everything centered
Næs of huggulegt. Mun spila aftur
Pretty solid folk tunes. 7/10
7/10. Obviously the title track is a classic. Vincent is almost too full of poetic devices to work as a song, but it ends up being quite pretty regardless. The rest was not too memorable. But overall, a good start to my second year of this project!
8/10 nice songwriting and atmosphere
A classic. American pie is great. Was nice to hear some of dons other music. Very similar to American pie, but different enough that the album as enjoyable!
This was another record with an absolutely classic title track that I adore but I had never checked out the whole album. I was expecting it to be like Hotel California, where a lot of the album was filler and didn't live up to the majestic opening... and was very pleasantly surprised This was just a lovely listen really. Absolutely gorgeous ballads like Vincent and Sister Fatima, slinky grooves like Winterwood, and energetic bangers like Everybody Loves Me. A solid record all round
Nostalgia is so powerful as is this opening song.
Starry, Starry Night was a welcome blast from the past.
Rating: 8/10 Best songs: American pie, Winterwood, The grave, Babylon
American Pie a song everyone has heard but have you really heard Don Mclean? He fits the singer/songwriters of the time to a Tee. If you enjoy that era pour yourself a drink of your favorite beverage have a seat on the porch turn on McLean and watch the sun set tonight.
Folk. Demasiadas canciones lentas para vinilo.
I liked most of this album, except for the last two songs really. Don McLean is a great singer and songwriter, too bad he's really only known for American Pie.
So many memories of Vincent and Crossroads.
I've known of Don McLean's work but hadn't taken the time to listen to this album until now. I was impressed with the catchiness and warmth of many of these songs. Favorite songs: Vincent and Crossroad
Liked it, but the well known songs are definitely the highlight.
This album upon a first listen sounds like a love ballad to a former lover that he’s since moved on from and reminiscing about. No clue if that’s even true, and I didn’t pay the best attention to the lyrics, but that’s what the sound of the album made me feel. I also see a lot of similarities between McLeans work on this album and the likes of Billy Joel. All I’m saying is Billy Joel could’ve done American Pie, but Don McLean could have never done The Stranger.
Don't make albums like this any more. Lovely acoustic guitar and piano; wordy, sentimental but often beautiful. Got to have a 4 for American Pie and Vincent.
Sure it’s peak hippie feely. In the right mood I dig this kind of thing. About as of its era as it gets.
Enjoyed the album! I had only ever listened to American Pie, but enjoyed the rest of the tracks
Vincent and American Pie are great songs. The rest was kind of filler.
unique and recognizable voice.
When the album cover popped up here, I wondered whether I'd still dig the title track after all these decades of hearing the song. Indeed, I do. I still find it catchy, wistful, relevant, fun, and it is associated with such a long arc of my life. I was about 4 years old when the song was first released and even as far back as then I remember it being on the radio, and one day I was playing with my siblings and cousins in our garage. I got into a barrel that had some discarded wood and sawdust. I breathed some in and started coughing, and someone asked me if I was okay. I remember saying, "This'll be the day that I die." (Funny how memory works: I don't remember much about yesterday, but I remember the smell and feeling of the sawdust, my saying that line, and everyone finding it hilarious.) Back to the album. Yes, love the title track to this day. Vincent is still sweet and sad as a listen, but, really, I could take or leave the rest of the album. They're all okay, but they don't do all that much for me. Like the album cover image, though, this is a thumbs-up for me due to the main song.
the mood after american pie 📉📉. so torn between 4 and 5 stars but will have to go 4 purely cause the bangers didn’t live up after.
A very nice poetic and acoustic blend. The title track is obviously super iconic and Vincent is a beautiful song. I feel like maybe if I was more familiar with the rest of the album it could reach five stars but nothing else is leaping out to grab my attention.
I did not find anything special about this album, it was fine.
A few good songs, but not a lot stuck out to me
easy listening! don't know if i'd go back to it but it was nice to put on while i was doing work. "starry night" was my favorite.
A simple album of ballads, driven by piano and acoustic guitar. In that, it's reminiscent of Billy Joel, who I see is up next. I find Don's voice less hammy and his overall presentation more believable. Every song is pleasant. The whole project is, in many ways, forgettable, but it achieves its emotional goal I think: I was a bit choked up for the full forty minuets. Babylon is a wonderful closer, and has the most interesting instrumentation. The only flaw is that it's too short.
Well, hmm. Not sure. Obv the title track is a classic, and I'm a big fan of Everybody Loves Me, Baby, but the majority leaves me cold. I do like the end songs, so it bumps up to a slight 3.
I mean songs namesake a banger frfr. Then it’s like some sad suicide victim lament until the weirdest tone shift with Everybody loves me... like idk how I feel. Overall mellow chill vibes that blend together
lovely and relaxing
Good. Best song is Vincent
Another first track that everyone knows well, definitely heard this many many times so It's hard to objectively rate it. It's obviously a great song, but I am curious how the rest of the album will fare, not sure I've heard any of them. Oh guess I've heard Vincent. I remember when we got Napster and my dad downloaded a bunch of mp3s and I remember him listening to this song and singing along... wow memories. It's quite simple guitar folk overall, not bad. Kind of quaint, his voice is very pure and plain, there is a certain appeal to that.
why was the first song 8 minutes long and the rest 2 minutes. for what
Woe is the album that opens with a song as epic and legendary as American Pie. What do you follow it with? It's like they weren't even trying - mostly slow ballads that felt pale after the AP roller coaster. "Winterwood" caught my attention somewhat, and "Everybody Loves Me, Baby was fun but sounded like an attempt at AP part 2.
Ok, pretty similar sounding songs
This album was better than I expected. Very mellow and aged well. A couple of songs at the end were pretty bad.
2 lieder top --> gibt 3 sterne
I was familiar with a lot, but it's not my favorite?
Good folk rock sound. Slight Paul Simon vibes
Some good songs here, but overall kinda mediocre.
American pie is the highlight, pretty clear why he’s a one hit wonder. Great song though
1971, folk, folk Rock, ist gut
Great iconic songs but a bit inconsistent. Overall good sound and pleasant listen, but the songs don’t stand out all the way.
American Pie is a perennial bop. Vincent is a tear jerker. This whole album is sad! Babylon is a choral piece.
We all know the title track on this one. I will say, I knew Weird Al's version more than this one but thanks to Rock Band I was introduced more fully to it. I wasn't a huge fan of this album. Comparatively to what we have been getting there is nothing exciting in this album to me. Just a man playing guitar talking about Americana. I do enjoy American Pie but it's also 8 minutes long (feeling about twice as long as Black Sabbath's longest if you catch my drift). The album cover could possibly be sued by Marvel as they looks identical to Captain America's suit.
Difficult to look at the biggies on this platter with any sense of objectivity. 'Vincent' sounds sweet, yes, but there's a dorkiness to McLean that forbids me from taking him too seriously. He just sounds a bit...wet. Pleasant stuff, nothing more
Auf jeden Fall schonmal Punkte kriegt er für den klassisch-schönen Singer-Songwriter-Gesang, der (Ausnahme und dafür kleiner Abzug) ohne Mittelalter-Folkismen oder theatralischen Emoquatsch auskommt (Falsett oder Tremolodramatik, brrh). Ansonsten pendelt das für mich zwischen nicht unangenehm langweilig, angenehm langweilig, lustig (bei Everybody Loves Me, Baby musste ich wirklich lachen) und schön. Zweite Hälfte Mother Nature und das auf Nick Drake gemachte Aftermath gefallen mir gut (wenn der mal im Original kommt, kündige ich schonmal 5 Punkte an), American Pie find ich nen schönen Song und kulturell spannend. Was soll ich sagen? 2,9 sind drin.
American Pie is and has always been an American classic. I feel like no matter how long its been since you've heard it, when it comes on everyone knows like half of those lyrics. I was surprised with the tone of the rest of the album. Aside from "Everybody Loves Me Baby," which was a bop, and a great tongue in cheek send up to imperialism. The rest of the songs felt very somber though. I loved his tribute to Van Gogh on, "Vincent," and closing with "The Grave," playing into "Babylon," made me feel like I died and was floating down the river Styx. Overall this album was just a collection of some decent, very pretty folk songs carried on the back of an American staple.
Solid 3 from me. A couple of classics and the rest of the album had some good folk tunes on it. Hadn't heard American Pie in years so was great to revisit that song as well.
Quite a sombre album that seems to reflect a changing mood in society/music between the 60s and the 70s. Not an artist or a style of music I'm massively into, but I can recognise the merit and the popularity of American Pie and Vincent. Having said that, I'd rather listen to NOFX's cover of Vincent than the original. 6/10
A couple of classics on here. Couldn’t really pick any of the other songs out of a lineup, but was a nice listen.
Of course there's the classic single at the head of this, great track that really hasn't worn on me despite hearing it on the radio all the time. I haven't heard the rest of the album though. Wtf this is beautiful. I always assumed that American Pie was the most mellow of the tracks, but it seems its actually the most upbeat of the tracks. Vincent is lovely, albeit heartbreaking. These songs may run together a little towards the end, and the album loses some pace, but don's got a very nice voice, and some really nice folk story like telling of mid 70s America.
Prove me wrong: American Pie is spoken word with a backing band. Vincent is another hit, love this song, beautiful, just as good as American pie if not better. A lot of nice songs here, relaxing, folksy, nothing really standing out other than Vincent and American Pie though. 3
A nice mellow album. I enjoyed it.
some songs there from Don. not offensive, probably not going to bother with that album again though.
Fine collection of songs overwhelmed by the title track.
Alright, so - I still like the title song a lot. I always have, since I was a kid. I don't know if it actually means anything, but it sure sounds like it does! And the song 'Everybody Loves Me, Baby' is pretty great, too. The other songs didn't really get me, but they didn't turn me off and I kind of loved the sound of the album, the acoustic guitar and all that. So this one I liked purty good.
Ho apprezzato la delicatezza dell'arrangiamento specialmente nell'uso dell'hammond. Non è uno stile con cui connetto particolarmente ma comunque è stata un'esperienza piacevole.
In Conclusione: Anche questo album lo conoscevo già perché apprezzavo già alcuni pezzi come Babylon, Vincent o The Grave. Poi vabbè penso che American Pie l'abbiamo già sentita tutti. Pure questo album secondo me risente un po' del peso dei suoi tempi, capisco l'impronta folk ma a tratti mi fa un po' troppo bob dylan che me devi per forza fare la storia bittersweet di disillusione americana. Diciamo che quando va sull'allegorico/popolare vero tipo Babylon secondo me dà il meglio di sé ma spesso sconfina un po' nel melenso. Mi ha colpito anche che il modo di cantare ha dei rimandi ai cantanti degli anni '50. Il suono non mi è dispiaciuto, sicuramente apprezzo più il sound anni '70 che quello '80. Diciamo che c'è talento ma è un po' troppo modaiolo.
Was pretty good
Ho avuto difficoltà ad ascoltare l'album per intero. Conosco e apprezzo Don McLean, ma il mio problema con questi album, come con quello di Suzanne Vega, è quello di mantenere l'attenzione alta dall'inizio fino alla fine senza quel desiderio di tagliarmi le palle. Le tracce prese singolarmente mi piacciono, però ecco ne ascolterei una random, ogni tanto. Tutte insieme mi fanno questo effetto.
Of course I'm very familiar with the song American Pie. I was never a big fan. I must say that listening to it on a goodcsystem give me a slightly greater appreciation. I was prepared to dislike this album but it wasn't the case. Enjoyed it more than expected. Reminded at times of Al Stewart. 3 🌟
Todo un clásico, muy recomendable.
The title track is legendary and for good reason. It’s Americana through and through. And even though I’ve heard the song a bazillion times, I still enjoy hearing the verses (the chorus is…well too familiar). The rest of the album is OK. The overlayed vocal tracks on Babylon are pretty neat as is Till Tomorrow and the guitar part on Winterwood. Then some songs are just lacking…Crossroads and Sister Fatima being two. Everybody Loves Me, Baby sounds the most like American Pie than any other song on the album, but it’s also possibly my least favorite song of them all.
The good songs on this album are SO good that it's sad that the other songs aren't nearly as good. A few even come off as weak re-treads of the same musical territory. American Pie is a classic, probably a bit worn-out by now, it's impact weakened as a result of overplay. But on careful listening, the craft of it is still stunning, esp. the veiled lyrics that are a paean to the loss of innocence in post-war America. Vincent, a song in a quite different vein, is similarly well-crafted, reflecting in it's musicality and it's story/commentary nearly the kind of genius McLean has found in Van Gogh. But among the others songs, The Grave feels too blatantly political, Sister Fatima is limited by it's religious overtones and Everybody Loves Me, Baby feels silly next to the genius of the best tracks. The rest are warmed over versions of either American Pie or Vincent. Babylon does make for an interesting coda, however. I've always been intrigued by the story that McLean was the subject of Killing Me Softly, but aside from the two standouts, I don't see much here that would inspire that kind of emotion. Hearing this album makes me think it best to just stick to his hits.
American Pie and Vincent are amazing songs. The rest of the album is an adequate collection of perfectly fine folk songs. Nothing bad, but also nothing outstanding (except for the two songs I mentioned).
I listened to this a long long time ago.
Good songwriting. But, other than the title track, a little bland.
The album has some good songs. Only one great song though.
Nimikkobiisi oli ainoa tuttu etukäteen. Tunnelmaltaa lepposa ja helppo kuunnella, mutta ehkä vähän yksitoikkoinen kokonaisuus.
3/5 +1 star for american pie. The other songs are nothing much.
Obviously the opener/title track is a classic. Haven't actually heard any other songs from this prior to this listening. This rest of it is pretty meh. Generally clean, pretty, kinda dour, and slow. "Everybody Loves Me, Baby" being the one up-tempo exception. Maybe if I was in a specific mood it would work. But generally, I think the only must-listen here is the title track.
A pretty good album throughout, but the immense highs of the two singles it contains really outshines the rest of it.
Hmm... so one all-time classic song. But many of the rest of the songs sound like they are sliced from American Pie. Or the other way around, the best parts of each song was sliced up and masterfully pieced together to make Paulina Porizkova. Not that any of them are bad songs. I just keep hearing pieces of American Pie. It's not too surprising he only had one hit.
The man had a gift for lyrics, and "American Pie"is still a banger, but ... not one of my faves.
Obviously, American Pie itself is absolutely iconic, but would I listen to the whole album out of choice?
Good old fashioned Americana
It's difficult to sustain an entire album when you put your stone cold classic on it as the first track, but the rest of it is stands on its own two feet well enough to complete a solid effort
Great title song. Rest of album ok
Way more Folk than I expected!
Decent easy listening, bit too slow for my liking but overall not bad
Mostly acoustic, some of his lyrics were predictable. Although American Pie is a great song.
Buena voz, ritmo pausado y melódico. Un gran tema estandarte de todo el álbum (y autor)
in a word - smug.
Pretty decent. American Pie is such a classic and almost overwhelming that even after just listening to this album yesterday I can't really recall much beyond that one.
Two first class singles making up a third of the duration, then nicely sung folk pop. Vocal is mix of Paul Simon and Jacques Brel.
Na mysl o amerykanskim ciescie mam odruchy wymiotne, ale to zasluga telewizji, a nie tej plyty, bo o ile tytulowy traczek kojarzylem wczeniej, to calej plyty sluchalem pierwszy raz, a samego amerykanskiego pia znalem jeszcze wczesniej w jedajowym wydaniu weirda ala niz orginalny utwor pana McLeana, wiec sama plyta jest z 71 i nalezy do gatunku popularno folkowego, glownie za sprawa openingowego american pie, ktory stal sie kultowym songiem epoki, bo samemu rowniez traktuje w pewnym sensie o epokach i o tym jak hameryczka sie psuje lub idzie ku gorszemu przytaczajac mase odniesien do popkultury, ktorych nie ma co tutaj wyliczac, bo to jeden z tych kawalkow gdzie do kazdego slowa jest ukryte sekretne znaczenie i caly utwor jest swojego rodzaju szyfrem, ktory pan mclean podobno wyjawil w 2k15, gdy pogonil orginalne notatki za grube miliony, opening to praktycznie jedna czwarta calej plyty, bo calosc zamyka sie w 36 minutach na 10 trakach, wiec reszta jest zdecydowanie krotsza i wpasowuje sie w radio przyjazne standardy trojminutowek, instrumentem dominujacym jest tutaj akustyk mcleana, ktory wymienia w niekotrych miejscach na banjo, ale sporo artystow sesyjnych bierze udzial w nagraniu, wiec nie zabraknie klawiszy pianina czy elektrycznej gitary, ktore mozna uslychac na openingu, nie ma jakiejs ekstrawagancji, jesli chodzi o instrumenty, bo maja one robic tlo dla liryki, ktora spiewa pan donald, ktory mocno zaciaga dylanem i w tamtym czasie wygladal troche jak on, a jak to w przypadku folka bywa tematyka romantyczna nie jest mu obca, wiec obok hameryki, to bedzie glowny motyw przewodni, chociaz znajda sie takze mocne traki ukazujace wojne w jej troche mniej bohaterskim i szlachetnym swietle, a bardziej brudnym i do ziemi, im bardziej sie zastanawiam co slyszalem, tym wiecej podobienst do tworczosci dylanowej, a im wiecej tak mysle, tym mniej slychac tutaj czegos unikalnego czego bym juz wczesniej nie slyszal, wiec o ile przyjemnie sie sluchalo, to ciezko znalezc cos co zostanie w glownie, moze poza tytulowym trakiem, ktorego i tak bede w pierwszej kolejnosci kojarzyl z innym artystom, ale na plejke poza openingiem dodam jeszcze crossroads, tak otwarta do interpretacji piosenka, ze kazdy bedzie mial na nia wlasny pomysl
Blueberry pie. Not great. Not awful.
He has a great storytelling style and some beautiful songs. I think I prefer Don McLean in smaller doses, as all the songs feel too similar when listened to one after another
I was singing along before I even pressed play- surely one of the best known songs of the twentieth century, and it was great to hear it in the context of its original album. It still holds up, rolling down its eight and a half minutes like an avalanche, laying waste to the musical landscape, an exhausted pop culture, a broken nation and all the broken hearts within it. Stunning, and well deserving of every drunken singalong and rowdy karaoke session it still gets (my first was at seven years old, when I mispronounced "sacred store" as "sackred store"- I'll always have McLean to thank for teaching me a new word back in the day). I really hoped "American Pie" would be one of those albums I'd never thought about, but would in fact be masking a treasure trove of hidden gems behind its titanic title track. In actual fact, it seems the titular career-benchmark, era-defining, eulogy to rock- whatever you want to call it- consumed just about all the energy and creativity McLean had in him at the time. The rest of the album is a notably different affair, more subdued and requiring a closer listen. "Vincent (Starry Starry Night)" is the other famous one here which I'd heard before, and carries the most emotional weight- a heartaching tribute to the tortured artist with a lovely melody and not-too-intrusive strings. Elsewhere, nothing quite hits the same: "Crossroads" is a banal tune of piano and vocals; "Empty Chairs" is heavy handed melancholy; "Sister Fatima" is eerie but meandering. "Everybody Loves Me" is a much-needed bit of levity and movement in the album's second half. Fun, bombastic, silly- it's also one of the most blatant Bob Dylan impersonations I've ever heard. It's not all bad across the rest of the album- McLean's guitar work carries many of the remaining songs and produces some enchanting textures and accompaniments. It's just a shame the songs at its heart become so unanimously maudlin and beige. "Babylon" is an intriguing end with multi-layered vocals, but is almost over too soon.
The title track is an American classic. It's very layered and a great snapshot - though a bit sad - of the country as it transitioned from the sixties to the seventies. Unfortunately the catchy chorus loses its appeal the twelfth time he sings it. Vincent is a beautiful song (that I had forgotten all about). A number of other songs like The Grave, are solid. The electric Everybody Loves Me and Babylon sound contrived and out of place. Don McLean has a nice singing voice and is a great lyricist. This is a stronger offering than we received from his contemporaries – Paul Simon or James Taylor.
The title track is a beast. It made it to and had a long stay on the charts which is quite an accomplishment given how long it is. On the single, half the song was put on each side. There is lots written about the meaning of the lyrics. We all know what "the day the music died" refers to but there are all kinds of other gems like "No angel born in Hell Could break that Satan's spell" refers to the Stones' concert at Altamont where the Hell's Angels were hired as "security" and ended up killing a black guy while the band played Sympathy for the Devil. The album falls off a cliff after the excellent opening song. The lyrics are good but the songs lack the melodies that also define the title track. Everybody Loves Me Baby livens things up a bit but it was a long wait.
With a banger like American Pie I kind of expected more and didn't get it. Decent album. But I'm let down I feel like.
I used to have a vinyl copy of this album, but eventually sold it over 20 years ago. It's not bad, but the hits have been overplayed.
Way better than I expected 👍🇺🇸
MYYYYY MYYYYY MISS AMERICAN PIEEEEEE (I have been informed by Cav that this is actually "bye bye Miss American Pie" and since I know he doesn't get opportunities to correct me on lyrics very often I thought I would broadcast that here) Enjoyed this!!
vincent is gold, american pie is long, other stuff is ok
yo man has pipes. some real good songs on here. however american pie will always make me relive the memory as a 6 year old choosing it for karaoke in our hotel bar in portugal thinking it was a song i knew and subsequently stood on stage mumbling through the 54 verses the song has and just about managing the chorus.
Vincent is nice
Famosissima la canzone che dà il titolo all'album e il successo è meritato. 'Vincent' invece è un'ottima ninna nanna. 'The Grave' molto toccante. Nel complesso mi piacciono solo due canzoni, ma il resto passa in fretta. Tra il 2 e il 3
Of course I'm very familiar with the song American Pie. I was never a big fan. I must say that listening to it on a goodcsystem give me a slightly greater appreciation. I was prepared to dislike this album but it wasn't the case. Enjoyed it more than expected. Reminded at times of Al Stewart. 3 🌟
bonito mas não é muito meu estilo, bem calminho e pa
Soft rock de digestió fàcil on destaca clarament el tema titular, un dels grans hits de la década... però poc més
Very folksy stuff. Melancholy acoustic or piano tunes. American Pie is obviously a great song, but the rest of the tunes were a bit of a drag. He sings with a lot of heart and has a pleasant voice, the music is well made, but it just wasn't really landing with me.
i mean. american pie is good. the rest of the album was fine.
American Pie es un himno. El resto, demasiado tranquilas
An accountant would write this down for having 2 exquisite songs, with the rest ranging from nice down to boring. Probably worth mentioning is the fact they don't do music this plain anymore. Things got way more complicated, and while I prefer this evolution I'm still wondering if we're not missing out on something big.
I could never stand the title track. The rest of the album is ok, kinda boring.
Some insanely catchy songs but apart from that pretty meh
Not too bad. Leading with American pie definitely leaves the rest of the album hanging. Enjoyed it in headphones. Heard a lot of new things I never noticed.
Couple nice songs. Overall OK.
song is good
Mrs 🇺🇸 🥧 jedna od najboljih pjesama ikad. Ostatak albuma cuo na preskokce sta je baki pustio i onak, eh ok.
uh, ovo je laganica koja meni paše. pogotovo u 6 ujutro, jer moram subotom ić radit. sunce izlazi već lagano, temperatura je oko 3-4°C, al neka, treba svježine lagane dok ti sunce u leđa udara kad moraš ići na posao uz prugu jer moraš prvo zeleni čaj popiti kako bi funkcionirao na ovako rano jutro. American Pie je definitivno najjača sa albuma, ništa drugo nije blizu te pjesme, jebiga, dobar album laganog nagona, u ovom trenutku mi paše, al inače ja vjerujem da to može bolje.
Skipped American Pie… duh. Seems like a bummer album? I enjoyed it though.
God i hate that song!!!!!!the album version better not be longer... ok PLAY...8 and a half minutes!!!...Vincent is a lovely song but its all a bit wet. Dont know what else to say really. Its very earnest. He plays the guitar well but its all a bit meh..Still dislike the title track.
I learned Starry Starry Night in grade school choir, I didn't realize until now that it was a relatively current pop song at the time (mid seventies). We learned Cat's in the Cradle too. I lumped those songs in with This Land is Your Land and the ilk as old standards. In retrospect I find myself wondering why they thought Vincent belonged in the same set list as Señor Gato was a Cat. Anywaaay, enough about me, on to the album. American Pie is a beautiful example of putting your heart into a song and singing with genuine emotion. Deserves its iconic status. The title track is worth a star by itself. Second song takes the energy right down to 0 but at least it is pretty. Star for Vincent perhaps just out of nostalgia, although by adult ears find "perhaps they'll listen now" problematic. The following songs keep the energy hovering at floor level. OK, I guess, but I'm not feeling like Winterwood or Empty Chairs have anything new to offer on their universal theme of love lost. I appreciate the change of pace of Everybody Loves Me, Baby but it feels a little forced. Then we crash hard on the last three songs. Still pretty, but also oof. I don't want to be bummed AND bored. Overall the music is nice but forgettable and would slip by unnoticed if it were playing in the background. But listening with attention doesn't improve the experience. The title track is a genuine knockout, but I (and everyone else) already know it; do we really need to hear the whole album?
Valeu pela abertura do disco, hit fundamental que garante a audição agradável.
Didn't really do much for me. Do McLean is just a one hit wonder, and that's how it will always be. I'm not an American Pie hater though, that song has its place.
The title song is good but overall not my cuppa tea
The only reason this is getting more than 1 star is because of the song "Vincent"
The title track is still so fucking good, and much of this record is pretty good. But it drags and by the end I'm tuning out.
american pie is fun but the rest are just country folk songs which is not my jam
Well, I liked this more than I anticipated. I don’t know how much that’s actually saying, because I was 1000% dreading this. But I liked nearly every song more than I like “American Pie,” which I will count as a victory. Anybody else remember that great moment in an episode of MAD MEN where they used “Babylon?” If for no other reason than that, 5 stars. Okay, two.
love the long version of American Pie. The rest of the album is somewhat forgettable.
Some solid Americana, only really liked the title track though
Bah, pretty ignorable
כמה שירים חמודים
2 great tracks and the rest is kind of meh
It was alright. "American Pie" is actually not the best song on the album.
Not that into the folk thing
Loved American Pie! Beautiful lyrics and guitar. But after 3 rd song I lost interest. I need more switch up to love a whole album.
A high 2 but still a 2 innit. Some nice songs but a fair few which passed me by too
Thought I would enjoy this more than I did. Used to like American Pie (the track). Reminds me of a road trip round Ireland when I was a kid and rinsing it on my sisters Walkman. But it’s a bit boring now as was the rest of the album
That one song everyone loves then a load of other less good songs sounding a bit like the one song everyone loves.
Don McLean is a two-hit wonder. Overall boring, simple album with a couple moments of genius.
Not a big fan of Americana, quite boring
Never could get into Don's music
Classic title track. Everything else sounds the same and is too mellow for me.
The song American Pie starts off, hard to forgive how old hat this song is, but it is a well-crafted story song. After that overplayed song, we start more typical sunny folky 70s sounds. Vincent is the other big single, and it paints a much more intimate picture than American Pie.
Aside from "American Pie" there wasn't much here to keep me entertained.
2 good songs but the rest is dull.
One amazing song, the rest average
Mostly meh with a couple of lovely moments.
A one hit wonder with a bunch of meandering ballads for deep cuts. Wannabe Donovan.
Before listening: - Name one Don McLean song that isn't American Pie. - ... After listening: - Vincent! - Now name two. - ... But seriously, it's not bad but just a bit bland apart from the title track.
Not for me, although more interesting songs than I would have thought.
Boring, mediocre folk pop album.
American pie was much more nicely sung than i remember. Otherwise it was all a bit meh
Albumet hade många vackra låtar. Jag gillade speciellt Till Tomorrow och Vincent. Det kändes däremot som att albumet blev lite tråkigt och enformigt. Det kanske var meningen att albumet skulle hålla en lugn ton men det gav bara känslan att det saknades något. Låtarna behövde även en dynamik. Det kändes som att låtarna behöll samma energinivå vilket kan bli tröttsamt. Samtidigt måste jag lägga märke till den harmoniska och lugnande sångrösten som gjorde ett stort jobb för albumet
You know what, I tried but apart from having the title track and Vincent etch in my memory this album kind of washed over me. By the numbers overly sentimental pop-folk
C'est sûrement bien, mais c'est cette époque de rock américain que je kiffe pas trop.
alright, but somehow too christmassy
Ugh, is it over yet? Yeah, could die happily without ever having heard this album. I might even choose Kacey Musgrave over this album (sorry feff). Doesn't help that American Pie is one of those songs like Stairway to Heaven or Hotel California where I just can't do it anymore and would change the station if it came on. MAYBE liked Winterwood was ok but note the big 'maybe'. Hate giving it a 2 with such a classic song but overall, just had to do it.
Ok so notwithstanding the fact that the title track has been grossly overplayed it’s still a classic. Is not Don’s fault that everyone overplayed it amirite? It’s also one of the most annoying earworms ever, again that’s not Don’s fault. The song has some wonderful tempo changes throughout and I like the clever references to other bands: Byrds/eight miles high, Jack Flash/The Devil, Sargeants/Helter Skelter. The rest of the album is another matter though. Boring sleepy time sachrine that brings its overall score way down.
2/5. Enjoyed the title track but a bit bored by the rest. I agree with that review: the music died on track 1 and didn't come back for the rest of the album :D
2/16/22: Parliament - Mothership Great funk album. I feel like I heard half of Dr. Dre’s The Chronic in these 7 songs. 2/17/22: Don McLean - American Pie Meh. I feel like this album is on here strictly because of the title song
Apart from American pie, thought this was a bit dull. Not one I’d stick on again.
Unsure if I find this album banal or that I've heard American Pie so many times it is a trite 8 minute slog.
Cool, but a bit repetitivo
AP is a tune, Vincent is very annoying and the rest is pretty anonymous singer-songwriter 70s stuff. So a 2 for the greatness of AP chiefly.
A part American Pie, l'album est vachement chiant quand même. En plus Don McLean est vraiment pas qqn de bien ni de talentueux. Prefs: AMERICAN PIE, The Grave Moins pref: Crossroads
Ich finds nicht schlecht, ist halt bloß langweilig.
Ugh. Schmaltz. Dull.
Do not like
Apart from the 2,very well known, hits on this album it felt dated and mawkish- sorry
More 70s gold. I bet Robert Plant's favourite is 'Everybody Loves me, Baby'. Absolute baby botherer.
I had a right good snore up to this. Fucked me right off. Right, I'm off to guzzle a gallon of Guinness in a beer garden. Ta-ra.
I'm bettin' this is gonna be more Blah Old White Guy Music. Folk is really not my bag. At Song #2/10, I'm thinking this might be a 1/5. WAAAAAAAY too fringe-jacket-and-round-sunglasses-playing-guitar-on-the-lawn for me! Ick. Triple ick. So much hippie-ness. I'm feeling bad that I want to give it a 1, but really, a 2 would be charity. Not my bag.
At the 1971 Grammy Awards, Don McLean performed Vincent, a lachrymose ballad about an artist (Vincent Van Gogh) who commits suicide because he's too good for this world. As a self-centered, self-aggrandizing, and self-pitying pre-adolescent, the song struck a chord with me. Now it offends me. People don't kill themselves to make a point--they kill themselves because they're in pain. That song is representative of the basic vibe of American Pie, the album, as opposed to the single. Don McLean's lyrics are pretentious, sanctimonious, self-pitying, stilted, and basically full of shit. McLean has a strong voice, but he uses it in a sentimental way that strips any true emotion from his songs. It's as if McLean doesn't trust his audience to come to their own conclusions but rather is determined to tell them what to feel. Musically, the playing is competent enough, but the arrangements and performances are forced and unnatural in keeping with McLean's agenda. Thankfully, there is one standout from the album, the title cut. I think what saves it from the sins of the rest of the album is that McLean is celebrating something from the past instead of simply castigating the world for essentially moving on without him. American Pie, the song, is engaging because McLean's passion informs his performance. There's energy to spare in the song, real emotion, and it's quite tuneful as well. So, how to rate? 1.5 stars for the title cut, 0 stars for the rest.
Good but it’s been done to death at this point. Dull dull dull
Las cosas que hacen escuchar a uno.
Tricia Restivo gave me a ride to school every day and she always blared this from her Suzuki Samurai. It was better than taking the bus, but I swore I'd never listen to this again. I prefer pie over cake, but always abstain from Don McLean.
I’ve listened to some dull albums in my time, but this one takes the biscuit… annoyingly dull!
Boring. Really dislike the soft story telling vocals. Instrumentals were uninspiring.
Given that the opening track is actually more irritating to me than my recurrent stomach ulcer, I can't say I'm filled with joyful anticipation of this. Still, except in exceptional circumstances, I have to listen to every minute of every track. So 8 minutes of untreated sewerage is on its way... Well, it's terrible most of the way through, and I think I made more effort to sit through it than he made writing and recording it. The last two tracks are an improvement, getting a mood that is atmospheric and interesting - it's too little too late, but look at it this way - it's a high one star album - not one where I wish there was a zero available.
A mostly instrumental album with a vibrant mix between psychodelic and eerie.