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Timeless and Strange,
This review is from: The Higher They Climb, The Harder They Fall (Audio CD)
Cassidy's loyal audience have stayed with him through the ups and downs and the other reviews here speak directly to them. If you are one of the handful of people who discover this album through discussions of the rare and unusual then this review is for you. This album took a critical slating on release, mainly suggesting the harder he tried the more he flopped. Unfair in my opinion. This is a concept album with the added bonus of an easy to follow story, the rise and fall of a pop star. It has its shortcomings, notably the self-conscious and needless spoken word track 'Massacre at the Park Bench' in which David Cassidy and a tramp find themselves sleeping in the same park. Elsewhere, it's full of surprises. The covered classics - Darlin' & Be Bop-a-Lula - stand up really well and if the trio of cod-Bee Gees disco workouts in the second half sound dated, he does - at least - handle them well. The gorgeous country rock ballad 'Love in Bloom' co-written with ex-Poco Richie Furay is a lost gem.
Overall this album stands up well and resembles a couple of other famous oddities - The Turtles' 'Battle of the Bands' and Todd Rundgren's 'Faithful' - collections in which the artists change style with confidence. Probably the one David Cassidy album those who don't like the man would benefit from owning.