A lot of forgotten albums don't live up to the hype when they're finally rediscovered ... but Sweetwater is the real thing, fully deserving of praise, from first to final track. Only in the late 1960s/early 1970s could a band this eclectic have had a chance of popular appeal, incorporating cello & flute as major instruments, utilizing a fusion of folk, pop, R&B, and psychedelia that works beautifully. Yes, it's a bit earnest & even naive by contemporary standards; but that's not a bad thing, as they're absolutely unafraid to be sincere & unembarrassed by their hippie ethos. Frankly, the world could use a little more of that today!
Graced by Nancy Nevins' clear & strong vocals, the songs run the gamut of the times: one might almost be an Association track, while another sounds very much like the Jefferson Airplane. Even more interesting is when they combine such diverse styles in a single song. Where they might have gone after this fascinating debut must remain tantalizing conjecture, as Nevins' car accident & removal from performing sidetracked the band for too long. Their time in a rainbow was short-lived ... but that rainbow itself was short-lived. Here's a reminder of that time, with songs that still sound great, filled with hope & wonder & energy. Highly recommended!