Published on December 11th, 2010 | by e6
Harry Nilsson – Aerial Ballet
The level of songwriting, subtle humor, and vocal chops that he put into the album would make — and did make — The Beatles take notice.
By Jojo Wrinkles
Most people know (if they know him at all) Harry Nilsson as John Lennon’s drinking buddy during Lennon’s Lost Weekend” of 1974. Sadly, this fact has distorted Nilsson’s place in music history. He had already been making overlooked, beautiful pop music that sounded like no one for years. Before his big break singing Everybody’s Talkin’” in Midnight Cowboy, Nilsson released Aerial Ballet.” The level of songwriting, subtle humor, and vocal chops that he put into the album would make — and did make — The Beatles take notice. He laughs, he scats, and I promise that each listen pulls you in more than the last. If Nilsson Schmilsson” is his masterpiece, then Aerial Ballet” is the cornerstone and a starting point for making sense of his legendary, accelerated decline into oblivion that would come later.