The third song in his 1971 album “American Pie” Vincent tells us the story of the pained artist Vincent Van Gogh. In what amounts to an unbelievably beautiful performance, McLean uses his two best instruments: his voice and his guitar to take us through the life of the troubled artist. The tone of the song is reminiscent of one of his winding, calming yet emotional brush strokes. This bare bones song has the power to move one to tears using only an emotion filled voice and a simple acoustic guitar. All of this is enhanced by the brilliant lyricism that contains vivid imagery, so much so that it can almost be classed as poetry. An all time great song, “Vincent” truly sets the benchmark for ballads today.
Aryan Mackhecha, 11 ISC