Holland (album) - Reception and Accolades

Reception and Accolades

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Encyclopedia of Popular Music
Mojo positive
Robert Christgau C
Rolling Stone positive

Released in January 1973, Holland received mostly encouraging reviews and helped The Beach Boys establish their critical standing further. It peaked at No. 36 in the US and No. 20 in the UK. At the end of the 1973, Rolling Stone named Holland as one of their picks for "album of the year". In 2000, Elvis Costello ranked the album as one of his favourite records of all time. Not all reaction to the album has been positive. Robert Christgau praised the production qualities of the album, but believed the album had strayed too far from what the Beach Boys did best, stating "I suppose that in time their tongue-tied travelogue of Big Sur may seem no more escapist than "Fun Fun Fun," but who'll ever believe it's equally simple, direct, or innocent?" Camper Van Beethoven have disclosed that when recording their album La Costa Perdida, Holland was enormous inspiration to them.

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