- Album name: Summertime Dream
- Artist name: Gordon Lightfoot
- Year: 1976
- Number of discs: one
- Label: Reprise Records
- Collection: Brenner / Gessner
- Buy it:
Level of familiarity before listening
I’ve heard of Gordon Lightfoot and know his signature song, The Wreck of the Edmund Fitzgerald.
What I expected
What it was actually like
It was folky with more of a country sound than rock.
I’ve never really understood The Wreck of the Edmund Fitzgerald. It’s always seemed hyper-serious – and dozens of people dying in a shipwreck is a serious subject – but isn’t it way too self-important not to be a joke? Or is it offensive even to suggest that it’s a joke? Anyway, it’s really not such a bad song at all, but some quality about it makes me unable to shake the idea that it’s a Weird Al Yankovic style parody of over-the-top 1970s singer-songwriter self-importance.
All the songs on this record besides The Wreck of the Edmund Fitzgerald were boring and forgettable.
2/5: weak, but I was able to listen to the whole thing