VAN DYKE PARKS

The Irish Times - Friday - The Ticket - - MUSIC - JIM CAR­ROLL

From The Jun­gle Book and The Beach Boys to Joanna New­som and Ru­fus Wain­wright, Van Dyke Parks has long been the ar­ranger and mu­si­cian of choice for those seek­ing a mav­er­ick edge. His own re­leases are prob­a­bly bet­ter in many re­spects, pulling in a wide sweep of Amer­i­can song and mu­sic to push out fresh, eru­dite, idio­syn­cratic al­bums. Songs Cy­cled, his first in 24 years, is one you don’t meet ev­ery day, an al­bum full of eco­log­i­cal con­cerns teased out against a back­drop of sounds in­flu­enced by jazz, Broad­way mu­si­cals and Afro-Caribbean. It’s an al­bum of huge am­bi­tions fully re­alised, where songs such as Dream­ing of Paris and Wall Street take you back to Parks’s work on his de­but ( Song Cy­cle) and re­mind you that he’s grown bolder and brighter with age. ba­nanas­tan.com Down­load: Dream­ing Of Paris, Wall Street

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Song Cy­cled

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