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American Pie

Don McLean

1971

American Pie

Album Summary

American Pie is the second studio album by American singer-songwriter Don McLean, released by United Artists Records on 24 October 1971. The folk rock album reached number one on the Billboard 200, containing the chart-topping singles "American Pie" and "Vincent." Recorded in May and June 1971 at The Record Plant in New York City, the LP is dedicated to Buddy Holly, and was reissued in 1980 minus the track "Sister Fatima". The album was released to much acclaim, later being included in the book 1001 Albums You Must Hear Before You Die.At the Australian 1972 King of Pop Awards the album won Most Popular Overseas L.P.

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Rating

3.24

Votes

5327

Genres

  • Rock
  • Folk
  • Singer Songwriter
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Thu May 13 2021
2

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-

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Tue Mar 23 2021
3

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.

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Tue Jan 04 2022
2

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.

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Tue Oct 12 2021
4

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

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Thu Jan 14 2021
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.

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Sun Jan 17 2021
5

Found a lost gem 💕

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Fri Mar 05 2021
5

Como album en general, es un poco modorro, pero solo el tener Amercan Pie merece estar en la historia de la música

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Fri Feb 19 2021
5

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.

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Sat Apr 03 2021
5

Mindestens zwei Songs für die Ewigkeit

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Wed Jun 02 2021
5

Mediocre

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Wed Jun 02 2021
5

The album title is 5/5 alone

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Tue May 11 2021
5

Beautiful

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Mon Jun 07 2021
5

always a great album

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Wed Jul 14 2021
5

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

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Fri Jun 04 2021
5

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

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Tue Oct 12 2021
5

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.

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Fri Oct 29 2021
5

A lovely, lovely, quiet, gentle, evocative, sad album.

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Tue Nov 23 2021
5

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.

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Mon Dec 06 2021
5

All time classic

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Wed Jan 05 2022
5

Album 3a4im

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Tue Jan 11 2022
5

So good

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Sat Jan 22 2022
5

Classic

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Mon Jan 24 2022
5

American Pie is still an amazing song. And Vincent. McLean really has a wonderful voice.

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Thu Jan 27 2022
5

جمييييييل

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Sat Feb 05 2022
5

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.

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Sat Feb 26 2022
5

Another classic. American Pie and Vincent are standout hits.

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Sat Feb 26 2022
5

Who doesn’t love this? Vincent is my favourite!

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Tue Apr 12 2022
5

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

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Tue May 17 2022
5

Fucking finally. A good, classic American album to just revel in. And by American, I mean heavy on the ballads and storytelling. It's a tradition that this record follows so satisfyingly well. And I'm happy to say that the entire album, not just its calling card (which is "American Pie", duh) is fucking excellent. Every track is worth it. But my fave deep cut is "Everybody Loves Me, Baby." And may I say that if you don't like this album, then just know that everybody loves it, baby. What's the matter with you? Gladly giving this one five stars.

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Sat May 21 2022
5

Great as always

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Mon Jul 11 2022
5

There was a time when I didn't like the song 'American Pie.' I heard it all the time and tuned it out every time. Then I listened to it and realized it was actually a beautiful song despite its length. I then figured that, on the album 'American Pie,' it would be the only good song. A one-hit record so to speak. Then I listened to the whole thing and realized it was actually a beautiful album. I'm sure people will complain that it's kind of a tone shift after the titular song, but if you embrace the slow, quiet nature of the rest of the album, it's a fantastic, calming listen.

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Wed Jul 13 2022
5

that was actually a really beautiful listen super enjoyable - 10/10

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Wed Aug 24 2022
5

Classic

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Tue Aug 30 2022
5

很温情很深情很舒缓很经典的一张专辑,能让人放松。

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Sat Sep 03 2022
5

Fuck yes fuck yeah ohhh mama

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Wed Sep 07 2022
5

Saaaaaad folk music Listened to this in the cemetery - big time vibes So simple and so beautiful Vincent, Crossroads, and Winterwood are on repeat Listened to this in the bath - also big time vibes The harmonies in a round on Babylon are great And American Pie is on this album

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Wed Sep 14 2022
5

Un album incredibilmente malinconico. American Pie e Vincent sono due colonne portanti della musica, ma gli altri brani non sono da meno.

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Sat Oct 01 2022
5

I always laugh at Rach when she goes into a full rendition of the song American Pie because it just feels like something that has always existed and is about 3 hours long. I’m a bit familiar with Vincent, but I can’t say I’ve ever paid it much attention. I’m intrigued to hear the full album. Songs I already knew: American Pie, Vincent Favourite after listening: Vincent, American Pie, The Grave This is the second album during this music spree that hit me right in the heart. I’ll admit it, I started crying while listening to Vincent. Maybe it’s partly because I slept badly last night and had nightmares, so feel not quite all there this morning, but the outcome is the same. This song broke me a little. I did read a few user reviews before listening and the consensus seemed to be that this album only has one good song (no prizes for guessing which). I absolutely disagree with this. Maybe I’m wrong, but singers don’t tend to be as silky smooth with vocals any more like this used to be. I’d also feel bad if I didn’t comment on the excellent guitar composition in The Grave - it doesn’t sound hard by any means, but it’s perfect for what the song is. I wouldn’t necessarily say American Pie is perfect, but it’s not far from it.

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Mon Nov 14 2022
5

Best song ever and the rest of the songs are great too.

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Tue Nov 15 2022
5

My goodness this is good.

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Wed Nov 16 2022
5

The Rolling Stones get a raw deal on the main song, but there's so many great moments on here it'd be churlish to knock any marks off.

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Wed Feb 24 2021
4

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.

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Fri Dec 18 2020
4

1971. Key Songs: American Pie, Vincent

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Sat Oct 31 2020
4

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

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Thu Jan 14 2021
4

hard carried by vincent and american pie though

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Tue Mar 23 2021
4

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.

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Thu Jan 28 2021
4

4.5/5

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Mon Jan 18 2021
4

4-4.5. This album suits a sunrise.

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Wed Jan 27 2021
4

Really chill album

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Sun Apr 04 2021
4

Good lyrics, piano, songwriting, etc. overall very well done

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Tue Jan 19 2021
4

Nice lots of piano

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Tue Jul 13 2021
4

I was shockingly surprised at how much I loved this album.

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Sun Jan 31 2021
4

American Pie mega classic song test of the album is pretty good too enjoyable listen 3.8

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Thu Jan 28 2021
4

Better than I expected!

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Wed Jun 02 2021
4

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

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Sat Jun 05 2021
4

4 outta 5 mainly because american Pie is an exceptional recording. the record on average is good but a bit dull

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Tue Mar 23 2021
4

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.

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Fri Feb 05 2021
4

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”

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Tue Jan 19 2021
4

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.

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Sat Mar 27 2021
4

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

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Tue Mar 23 2021
4

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.

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Tue Mar 23 2021
4

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

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Mon Jan 25 2021
4

Classic rock album, really good and easy to litsen to.

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Fri Mar 19 2021
4

Beautiful music, definitely a very talented guy. Album is a little bit samey, but still really good.

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Fri Mar 19 2021
4

false

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Wed Mar 31 2021
4

4.0 Classic.

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Tue Mar 02 2021
4

classic symbolic storytelling with a great hook

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Wed Jun 02 2021
4

Remember this when I was in grade school... everyone seemed to be singing this tune

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Fri Mar 05 2021
4

Very good

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Wed Mar 10 2021
4

The title track is era defining. I don't know the rest of the album well, but it's pretty good.

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Sat Apr 03 2021
4

Ein paar Welthits, der Rest war meist solide.

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Thu Apr 01 2021
4

Iconic

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Mon Jun 14 2021
4

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.

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Sat Jun 05 2021
4

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.

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Tue Jul 20 2021
4

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.

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Tue Jul 27 2021
4

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

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Tue Jul 27 2021
4

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

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Thu Sep 02 2021
4

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.

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Tue Sep 14 2021
4

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.

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Mon Sep 20 2021
4

Excellent piece of americana in my opinion in spite of the title track. Very wistful and laidback.

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Mon Sep 27 2021
4

American Pie is a fantastic song. Also, the rest was pretty good too. He has a nice, soft voice. 2RS

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Wed Sep 29 2021
4

Cheesy, but I liked it

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Wed Oct 13 2021
4

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.

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Thu Oct 14 2021
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.

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Mon Oct 25 2021
4

So very good

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Wed Oct 27 2021
4

Actually really liked this. I'd heard the title track loads of times but the rest was a pleasant surprise.

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Tue Nov 09 2021
4

Every song was amazing. Sad that I had not heard some of these before.

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Thu Nov 11 2021
4

Flames

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Thu Nov 11 2021
4

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

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Thu Nov 18 2021
4

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.

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Sat Nov 20 2021
4

Way better than expected of the American Pie album.

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Sat Nov 20 2021
4

There’s a kind of folky subtlety that really gives the songs a big boost. Very pleasant

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Sat Nov 20 2021
4

Vackert album!!!!!

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Sun Nov 28 2021
4

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.

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Wed Dec 01 2021
4

Good album with a couple of hits

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Fri Dec 03 2021
4

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

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Sun Dec 05 2021
4

Didn’t know he sang Vincent. Good record overall

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Tue Dec 07 2021
4

Kenne nur "American Pie" und vor allem "Vincent" Auch die anderen Songs - obwohl sehr soft - kann man noch gut hören

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Wed Dec 08 2021
4

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.

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Wed Dec 15 2021
4

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.

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Wed Dec 15 2021
4

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

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Tue Dec 21 2021
4

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

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Tue Dec 21 2021
4

Very nice album

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Tue Dec 21 2021
4

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

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Thu Dec 23 2021
4

American Pie, Vincent, etc.

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Tue Dec 28 2021
4

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.

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Tue Dec 28 2021
4

I really enjoyed it. Nothing beats American Pie but I still enjoyed Vincent and Everybody Loves Me, Baby a lot.

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Wed Dec 29 2021
4

Easy Listening - Sounds like Simon and Garfunkel

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Sun Jan 02 2022
4

Okay, I really liked this. The cutesyness threatens to overpower everything but Mclean’s clean vocals keep everything centered

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Fri Jan 14 2022
4

Næs of huggulegt. Mun spila aftur

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Wed Jan 19 2022
4

Pretty solid folk tunes. 7/10

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Wed Jan 19 2022
4

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!

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Wed Jan 19 2022
4

8/10 nice songwriting and atmosphere

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Mon Jan 24 2022
4

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!

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Sun Jan 30 2022
4

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

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Sun Jan 30 2022
4

Nostalgia is so powerful as is this opening song.

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Fri Feb 04 2022
4

Starry, Starry Night was a welcome blast from the past.

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Sun Feb 13 2022
4

Rating: 8/10 Best songs: American pie, Winterwood, The grave, Babylon

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Mon Feb 21 2022
4

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.

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Mon Feb 21 2022
4

Folk. Demasiadas canciones lentas para vinilo.

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Thu Feb 24 2022
4

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.

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Sat Feb 26 2022
4

So many memories of Vincent and Crossroads.

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Fri Mar 04 2022
4

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

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Fri Mar 04 2022
4

Liked it, but the well known songs are definitely the highlight.

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Fri Mar 11 2022
4

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.

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Sun Mar 13 2022
4

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.

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Tue Mar 15 2022
4

8,5

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Sat Mar 19 2022
4

Sure it’s peak hippie feely. In the right mood I dig this kind of thing. About as of its era as it gets.

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Sat Apr 09 2022
4

Enjoyed the album! I had only ever listened to American Pie, but enjoyed the rest of the tracks

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Tue Apr 12 2022
4

Vincent and American Pie are great songs. The rest was kind of filler.

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Tue Apr 19 2022
4

unique and recognizable voice.

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Sun Apr 24 2022
4

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.

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Sat Apr 30 2022
4

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.

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Mon May 23 2022
4

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.

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Sun Jul 03 2022
4

It's got American Pie, which for me is one of the few long songs that completely deserves its length. Other than that, the rest here is still very good, offering fun folk rock and really comforting folk tunes. Favorites: "American Pie", "Till Tonorrow", "The Grave"

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Mon Jul 04 2022
4

4 1/2

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Sat Jul 09 2022
4

Not at all like I thought it would sound based off the title track. It’s much closer to Simon and Garfunkel than early rock.

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Fri Jul 15 2022
4

I was surprised by the other songs on this album. You can hear the similarities in his tone and song writing throughout. I feel like this album is underrated and should be more prevalent in society

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Wed Jul 20 2022
4

He captures well the loss of optimism going from the 60s to the malaise of the 70s. Other than the two "hits", the other cuts sound the same.

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Thu Jul 21 2022
4

Pretty good. Listed to the whole thing.

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Mon Aug 15 2022
4

I listened to this record a lot when I was a *very* little kid - courtesy of my dad's stack of albums. I do recall even trying to emulate the cover by magic markering my thumb. Although I could never have articulated it, it always left me with a sense that I couldn't identify - not just the title track but the collection as a whole - a sort of sadness. I'm pretty certain you can't be wistful or nostalgic at age ~4 but it was akin to that, and for that alone it was a pretty powerful record. It's easy to sarcastically "Gen-X" that title track as overplayed old guy classic rock; having been (over)exposed to it again and again first in crappy college parties, through cover bands, then later on unimaginative classic rock stations everywhere, in boomer bars or through the eventual commercialization of rock music. But it's not the song's fault, and maybe it should be to its credit. It really is that good, that epic. And although that title song overshadows anything else here (and probably should have been the album closer?) don't ignore the rest of the album either, although the best of it is much more ethereal and mellow. "Vincent" was another hit song that has mostly been lost to time but is a lovely sad song (about Van Gogh). The only negative is that by the end there's definitely a certain sameness to it, despite McLean's excellent vocals - the acoustic ballads do blend together a bit too much, and I feel like the other uptempo songs (e.g. "Everybody Loves Me Baby") detract from the overall album. Still a nice snapshot of an era and on a personal level a definite nostalgia blast. 7/10 4 stars.

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Mon Aug 15 2022
4

i actually really liked this album, the first song everyone knows but the mellow songs to follow were incredibly beautiful.

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Tue Aug 23 2022
4

3.9⭐️

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Mon Aug 29 2022
4

This was pretty good but the two songs I already knew were much better than the rest. It could honestly be a familiarity bias so I’ll give him the benefit of the doubt. I did not realize for years that he was singing about the history of rock and roll in the title track but once I learned this and reread the lyrics I was pretty blown away.

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Mon Aug 29 2022
4

American Pie is a five, but the rest of the songs are just not at that level. I enjoyed the record overall though.

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Tue Aug 30 2022
4

Perfect for a Sunday morning. Beautiful lyrics. Simple music and awesome minimalistic production.

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Sat Sep 03 2022
4

So much more than the title track and "Vincent." Didn't know what to make of the record in high school and college; now it makes much more sense as substantive (and earnest) easy listening. One gets why DM's half-conceived as a one-hit wonder and got imprisoned by title cut, which can be hard to take seriously, but still entertains and reads like just about the best of heartfelt creative-writing-seminar, collage-y cultural history cum criticism (Dylan without the obscurity, say).

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Mon Sep 05 2022
4

Surprising number of familiar bangers

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Wed Sep 07 2022
4

Super acoustic and you get serenaded by Donny for 45 minutes

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Wed Sep 07 2022
4

We are on a good string of albums now. This was another super chill rock album. Almost sounds a little country while staying true to the rock and roll roots. American pie is a classic. I dont think there was a bad song on this record. 7/10

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Tue Sep 13 2022
4

Not what I expected but good none the less

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Wed Sep 14 2022
4

Basta già la title track.

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Mon Sep 19 2022
4

Vincent and American Pie on one album: genius.

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Mon Sep 19 2022
4

Was surprised how impressed I was with this one as I only knew American pie and Vincent, which in my opinion were a bit played out but when together with the album they are excellent. Extremely cohesive album that flows nicely. Definitely has a melancholy feel throughout.

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Thu Sep 22 2022
4

American Pie is such a great song but I actually enjoyed most of the song here. This is a very good album from start to finish. Very hippy but in a good way. Folk music done well.

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Tue Sep 27 2022
4

Full nostalgia

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Tue Sep 27 2022
4

better than I expected

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Tue Sep 27 2022
4

Great to hear hits I never knew about

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Mon Oct 03 2022
4

American Pie (one of those songs that you just NEED to learn all the words to) sums up this album. There are slow songs, upbeat songs, just like the different sections of the titular song. Lots of really good stuff here, will definitely listen again!

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Thu Oct 13 2022
4

Nice songs and an album of just the right length. I will definitely come back to this later. Favorites: Vincent, The Grave, Babylon

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Sat Oct 15 2022
4

The classic songs American Pie and Vincent and more beautiful songs, and only a few I did not like. All in all a 4.

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Sun Oct 16 2022
4

Beautiful album. A classic for a reason.

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Wed Oct 19 2022
4

Heard before

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Wed Oct 19 2022
4

One of the greatest songs ever made followed by some nice little folk tunes

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Sat Oct 29 2022
4

Inventive chord progressions and Mr. McLean does a wonderful job of putting less is more into song. Starting the album with American Pie was a mistake, in my opinion, because there was nowhere to go but down from there. Not to say the rest of the songs were bad, just that they leave you wanting more of what you know Don could make. 4/5

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Mon Nov 14 2022
4

Don McLean is a story teller. I love the imagery in his lyrics. Great vocals, piano and/ or guitar playing on every song. This album makes sense to me to include in this list as a perfect example of the singer/songwriter genre. "Vincent" is the song that sticks in my memory excluding the obvious "Anerican Pie". I love the hook created by the chord progression and rhythm. "American Pie" is a long song that doesn't become monotonous due to the engaging lyrics, emotion change in harmonic context, and the sing-a-long chorus. I rated it a four because it's not a go to album for me but it is a great reference album for writing music.

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Tue Nov 15 2022
4

One knockout song, and the rest a bit ho-hum

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Mon Nov 21 2022
4

Solid album. American Pie is obviously the standout song but many others were pleasant if not wholly memorable.

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Fri Nov 25 2022
4

This album is different from the other albums of folk or songwriters, it includes some sounds of rock however not all the album is like this, it keeps that folk sound.

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Mon Dec 05 2022
4

Vaatiminen... "Me vaadimme" 1917-marras. Aikaa kuluu ja tehtiin tammisaareen uusia kukkuloita.. tammisaarelaiset ei siitä paljoa.. EI PALJOA RUOTTALAISET TIEDÄ.. musiikin parhammistossa, täytyy näkyä että on ollut syy kirjoittaa musiikkia.... se on vaatimus.. välillä näin ei käy... silloin kirpaisee läpsästä vitosta....jos tavoitteena on ollut pophitti biisi.. relatable..... tässä näkyy kuitenkin valon pilke... JUMALAUTA LAASERI!! kappaleiden kirjoittamisen osalta.. Soundikin on ihan miellekäs.. Albumin nimikko on ensimmäisenä.. kiusallista.. Rock Epic.. Pitkä biisi.... se biisi mihin ollaan käytetty eniten vaivaa ja joka on selvästi paras.. paskaa... Meddle 1971... Aluks HYPE BIISI... vikana rock epic.... Myönnettäköön ei ole kaikilla varaa säästellä biiseissä, kun ollaa unkwnowneja.. Pitää täräyttää ensimmäisellä... Mutta mikä on Amerikan piirakan merkitys.. herra Don Mclean? en ymmärrä lyriikoita >:(! Hauska fakta: näin Don vastasi: Hehhehheh.. poika.. "It means I never have to work again." -Mclean icecold.. mic drop... "My 8th grade geography teacher used to work for him as a roadie or something back in the 70s. He told us that Don was one of the biggest ass holes that he had ever met... fun fact" "I googled "Don McLean asshole" and this* was the first result. Don even wrote a reply where he calls the guy names." *hyperlink poistettu

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Thu May 13 2021
3

I did not find anything special about this album, it was fine.

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Fri Oct 09 2020
3

A few good songs, but not a lot stuck out to me

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Mon Sep 14 2020
3

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.

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Sat Apr 03 2021
3

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.

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Tue Oct 20 2020
3

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.

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Mon Feb 08 2021
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

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Mon Feb 22 2021
3

lovely and relaxing

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Sat Jan 16 2021
3

Good. Best song is Vincent

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Tue Mar 23 2021
3

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.

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Tue Mar 16 2021
3

Best redelijk

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Sat Mar 20 2021
3

why was the first song 8 minutes long and the rest 2 minutes. for what

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Fri Mar 19 2021
3

Was alright

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Tue Mar 23 2021
3

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.

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Thu Feb 04 2021
3

Ok, pretty similar sounding songs

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Thu Jan 14 2021
3

This album was better than I expected. Very mellow and aged well. A couple of songs at the end were pretty bad.

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Wed Apr 28 2021
3

2 lieder top --> gibt 3 sterne

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Tue Jan 26 2021
3

I was familiar with a lot, but it's not my favorite?

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Sat Feb 06 2021
3

Good folk rock sound. Slight Paul Simon vibes

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Tue May 18 2021
3

Some good songs here, but overall kinda mediocre.

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Fri Feb 05 2021
3

American pie is the highlight, pretty clear why he’s a one hit wonder. Great song though

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Tue Feb 23 2021
3

1971, folk, folk Rock, ist gut

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Thu Jan 21 2021
3

Great iconic songs but a bit inconsistent. Overall good sound and pleasant listen, but the songs don’t stand out all the way.

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Wed Jun 16 2021
3

American Pie is a perennial bop. Vincent is a tear jerker. This whole album is sad! Babylon is a choral piece.

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Wed Jun 02 2021
3

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.

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Mon Apr 19 2021
3

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

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Sat Mar 27 2021
3

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.

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Tue Mar 23 2021
3

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.

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Wed Feb 17 2021
3

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.

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Wed Feb 17 2021
3

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

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Wed Feb 17 2021
3

A couple of classics on here. Couldn’t really pick any of the other songs out of a lineup, but was a nice listen.

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