Label: Warner Bros. Records - BS 2642 • Format: Vinyl LP, Album • Country: US • Genre: Rock •
It is fashionable to rediscover brilliant but unrecognized records. Air Pasang Pagi - Various - Ikan Kekek we see such records as forerunners, too weird and out of time in their day but now ready to be vindicated and dramatically gestured Dion - Suite For Late Summer . Or it could be something like the ruins of Pompeii: a moment in time perfectly preserved and immune to context, songs free of the psychic baggage of decades Dion - Suite For Late Summer playback in jukeboxes and televisions.
The artist is a Rock Hall of Famer, the album is not so much lost as it is absent from Spotify and Wikipedia aside: that might be enoughand the music within is not prophetic. What it is, however, is a tastefully orchestrated pop folk artifact as meandering and finite as the late summer days its promises.
Here, a former teen pop idol makes his case for maturity and artistic credibility with mixed results. Dion DiMucci is the only rocker on the cover of Sgt. But enough has been said about that record here and Dion - Suite For Late Summer . King and John and Bobby Kennedy.
It repackaged Dion as a socially aware pop folkie while showcasing what would become his sound in the years to come: circular song structures, delicate guitars, and pop orchestration. Four years later, Suite for Late Summer doubled down on this seemingly winning recipe. If nothing else, this album is aptly named: Suite for Late Summer is a slow-burning song cycle straddling the line between sparsely orchestrated folk and country.
The conceit that this album is a suite, however, makes this seem more like deliberate cohesiveness than monochromaticity. In that cohesion lies the promised portrait of late summer, where single days wind down at a lethargic pace but are inevitably finite. The album Finer Things - Various - Girl 5 depicts this well: light moves through the leaves, landing on shaggy grass.
The time of day is ambiguous as it is unimportant. The album cover mirrors the music in a second way: Dion looks a bit out of place. Although hitting the contemporary trend of sitting in an enormous wicker chair on the nose, he looks much more like Jim Jones than he does Nick Drake or Cat Stevens.
This otherness manifests in clumsy Dylanisms and a few wooden songs. The songwriting cannot compete in Dion - Suite For Late Summer , but removed from the era, Suite is easier to enjoy for what it is: a former pop star with a beautiful voice stabbing toward art nearly two decades since his heyday. It is clear that Dion is drawing deeply from the same well as modern-retro songwriters like Tobias Jesso Jr. Primarily co-written by Dion and Bill Tuohy, songs tend toward abstraction and universal themes.
Their cities are negative and regressive, staging grounds for infidelity; the elements of rain, wind, and sunlight are inherently good. Nature becomes a background for reflection and redemption. These contradictions and struggles, however, enrich the proceedings.
Side B dispenses with the country and dials up the self-contemplation. Nowhere else is he more exposed, nowhere Venus (Marc Almond Hi-NRG Showgirls Mix) - Bananarama - Drama candid. These are the artistic flexings of a pop dinosaur that are too far removed from the old hits to interest his original audience, and too far outpaced by the young artists he seeks to emulate.
Dion followed Suite for Late Summer with a Phil Spector-produced bomb and ultimately returned to the blues, where he resides today. What this album relates to us about Dion as an artist, however, is the power of insistence. It may not be a masterpiece, but it is his masterpiece.
Like any great singer-songwriter album, it cultivates a persona and wrestles with it. It exposes contradictions. But fortunately, that past provides backstory and contrast that makes Suite for Late Summer a richer experience than its non-reputation would suggest. I live in Washington DC, where I am either outside thinking about writing or inside promising to do so.
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