The Four Seasons

Helicon

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Originally slated as the Four Seasons' farewell album, Helicon instead heralded only a prolonged absence from the studio, and good thing -- it is by any metric the most unappealing and forgettable record of their long career, and one is hard-pressed to imagine a more inappropriate swan song. Bob Gaudio's stiff, vacuum-sealed production continues in the nostalgia-meets-disco vein of the group's previous smash "December, 1963 (Oh, What a Night)," and the more the music strives to sound contemporary, the more dated it sounds. Helicon is clearly an attempt to create an adult record firmly in step with the Four Seasons' age and stature, but the music is more awkward than mature, rendering the group as sad and obsolescent as an aging hipster oblivious to his faded cool.

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