The Dark Horse Years 1976–1992
Part Four: Gone Troppo
First Appeared in The Music Box, May 2004, Volume 11, #5
Written by John Metzger
Gone Troppo was undoubtedly the worst of George Harrison’s solo albums. Its breezy, synth-heavy, faux-island fare fell closer to the music of Jimmy Buffett than that of the quiet Beatle. His grand statements about life and his exercises in spiritual enlightenment were considerably diluted, and when his moralistic ideals did manage to creep into his lyrics, they frequently were delivered as afterthoughts. A few tunes, such as That’s the Way It Goes and Unknown Delight, might have worked better if given different arrangements, but as a whole, Gone Troppo was a largely forgettable and sometimes embarrassing affair that appealed only to complete-ists and fanatics. A demo version of Mystical One is offered as a bonus track on the reissue, and its gentle acoustic luster fully redeems its horrendously overproduced studio counterpart.
This is the first installment of a seven-part series, which will examine each
album in The Dark Horse Years 1976–1992. The entire boxed set is rated: ½
Of Further Interest...
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1 Star: Pitiful
2 Stars: Listenable
3 Stars: Respectable
4 Stars: Excellent
5 Stars: Can't Live Without It!!
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