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What's a Wallflower?

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The Oxford English Dictionary defines...just kidding.  We all know what a wallflower is; in a whole wall of William Morris wallpaper you just don’t see the individual—they blend in and are background.  In music, wallpaper is worse still. Patrons sip wine, tip back Malpeque oysters, and chew prime rib while talented musicians try their best not to interrupt them, and they are usually better dressed than the clients, though paid much less.  That’s wallflower music, but these Wallflowers will interrupt a meal without apology.

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Sunny With Cloudy Periods, Chance of Rain

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The Beach Boys perfected the harmonies of summer in the 1960s—evoking images of bonfires, bikinis, and surfing—and they made some classic tunes while doing so. Their most recent studio album is 2012’s That’s Why God Made the Radio; and while their themes may be similar, their perspective has certainly changed.  It is unmistakably the Beach Boys and the new tunes are handled in classic Beach Boys fashion, with gorgeous harmonies and hooks, though now there are hints that summer may not be endless after all.

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Bob Dylan: A Tempest Too Big For A Teapot

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I remember when a new artist tagged with the moniker “the next Dylan” was doomed to vanish without trace.  More accurately, once a young musician had been prematurely overvalued to such a degree, how could he (or sometimes she) fail to disappoint?  Think of, say, Steve Forbert and Tonio K.  Both deserved the early praise heaped upon them; neither deserved the curse of that “next Dylan” tag.

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Harry Nilsson's Spinach and Crucifixes

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Harry Nilsson’s Flash Harry may be the weirdest album we have reviewed so far on xxvii4ever—it is certainly the weirdest Now-album we have ever discussed.  It was released in 1980 and it was not the last album Nilsson worked on.  So why are we able to sneak it in as a new release by an established artist? It was released in 1980, but only in Europe and Japan for some reason.

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