Listening to this album in retrospect is like listening to three different artists: Neil Young with his songs that hit you between the eyes, Steve Stills with his subtler, intriguing material that grows on you with each listen, and Richie Furay who always seems to be playing catch-up. Furay's material, on this album anyway, is actually very good, although I'm not so keen on the country rocker that follows 'Mr Soul'. It's just that the songs Young and Stills contribute shine brilliantly.
The punchy 'Mr Soul' is an ideal opening track and although it's somewhat derivative of 'Satisfaction', Young's biting lyric and vocal delivery justify it. His 'Expecting To Fly' is arguably better, while the epic closing track takes risks with sound effects and comes through. Stills's songs are of a consistent style and quality, what you'd expect if you heard his solo debut or 'Manassas'.
With three songwriters in the band, it's not surprising that they straddle so many styles from rhythm and blues, through rock and country, yet nothing jars. A short album, but full of quality.