(Dark Horse, 1979)
In Europe, cheapskates who sprung for the “Blow Away” single instead of the entire George Harrison album got stuck with LP track “Soft Touch” as the B-side (as opposed to “Soft-Hearted Hana in the U.S.), and the song is nuttin more than a painfully-lazy, polyester-clad, resort-party bore. George has all the edge of a volleyball on this one, and the only thing worth praising it for is that it doesn’t manage to reach the hellish depths of his later island-inspired work on Gone Troppo. So hoorah for half-assed, maxo-relaxo mediocrity… shit manages to look pretty sweet relative to the musical horrors Harrison would soon be dropping on the marketplace.
Hey! While you’re here: Geeky and humble thanks to Adrian at Delusions of Adequacy for offering some kind words about this site. Scholar-and-a-gentleman style, he’s not only a top-notch fellow, he also happens to have good taste AND bang out reams of interesting music-crit. So go read him today! Especially that bit where he praises my Sisyphean (wasted!) efforts – read that part over and over and over and over again. And then once more.