Accused of ripping off the various permutations of Crosby, Stills, Nash and Young, America deserve to be remembered instead for their consummate musicianship. 'Homecoming' is thirty-three minutes of mostly great music, and features succulent harmonies and deftly-crafted instrumentation, mostly based around the trio's acoustic guitars, occasionally piano and supported by a loose, but small pool of other musicians.
As with many albums, the strongest material tends to come first, though the last two tracks are just as good. 'Ventura Highway' is the best known track on show, but the swooning 'To Each His Own' and the country rock jaunt, 'Don't Cross The River' are at least its equal. 'Moon Song' is magnificent, if not as instant, featuring moments of transcendent beauty in the pauses between verses.
The quality dips a little after this. 'Only In Your Heart' is led by plodding, McCartneyesque piano, a tuneful song but more humble than its predecessors. Similarly, 'Till The Sun Comes Up Again' is gentle and melodic. These songs don't quite have the spark of the better songs. 'Cornwall Blank' rectifies this. It has the same plaintive quality as the band's huge 'A Horse With No Name' hit. 'Head and Heart' is without question the worst track, dominated by some ugly and monotonous electric piano. 'California Revisited' gets the album back on track, however, with some rousing harmonies and 'Saturn Nights' is a bewitching finale.