Cloud Nine [Bonus Tracks]

by: George Harrison

Teaming with legendary Beatles obsessive Jeff Lynne, George Harrison crafted a remarkably consistent and polished comeback effort with Cloud Nine. Lynne adds a glossy production, reminiscent of ELO, but what is even more noticeable is that he has reined in Harrison's indulgences, keeping the focus on a set of 11 snappy pop/rock numbers. The consistency of the songs remains uneven, but the best moments -- "Devil's Radio," "Cloud 9," "Just for Today," "Got My Mind Set on You," and the tongue-in-cheek Beatles pastiche "When We Was Fab" -- make Cloud Nine one of his very best albums. [Cloud Nine was reissued in 2004 with two bonus tracks from the Shanghai Surprise soundtrack: the title song and "Zig Zag."] ~ Stephen Thomas Erlewine

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