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#KickingtheCanon by Paul Attard Music

The Beach Boys | All Summer Long

March 2, 2019

All Summer Long signals the beginning of the end of an era for the Beach Boys: the soon-to-be pioneers hadn’t yet ditched their upbeat, California surf-rock, but their ambitions — or more accurately, Brian Wilson’s — swelled beyond the sometimes superficial teenybopper hits of previous years. Their songwriting here incorporates a pensive emotional edge, with Wilson and Mike Love focusing less on summertime reveries and more on volatile romantic angst (though Love was only credited as a co-writer for half of the album’s material, and even then only…

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Bob Dylan | The Times They Are a-Changin’

If The Freewheelin’ Bob Dylan proved that Bob Dylan could do anything and everything, The Times They Are a-Changin’ proved that he could hone in on doing one thing very well. It’s less about breadth than depth, in other words, with Dylan removing most of the humor, romance, absurdity, and…

January 13, 2015
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