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Van Dyke Parks [extended]

  • Jump! [Warner Bros., 1984] B+
  • Orange Crate Art [Warner Bros., 1995] Neither

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Jump! [Warner Bros., 1984]
Parks is a naughty choirboy and Kathy Dalton is auditioning for the Broadway lead, but theatrical preciosity is all you can expect from a musical comedy concept album anyway. What you don't expect from musical comedy is exotic Americana like Parks's irrepressible arty vernacular verbal and musical puns, which combined with his rich melodies compensate for the annoyances. B+

Brian Wilson and Van Dyke Parks: Orange Crate Art [Warner Bros., 1995] Neither