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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.
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Initial post: 30 Aug 2015, 11:16:12 BST
Last edited by the author on 30 Aug 2015, 11:16:57 BST
Stephen A. Douglas says:
There's no accounting for taste. 'Head & Heart' is one of my favourite tracks, beautifully composed, and the jazz-influenced instrumental parts are very interesting - you just don't hear anything like it from groups thee days. I suspect lack of musical ability is one reason.
Posted on 20 Jul 2016, 07:55:24 BST
Mark Barry says:
From one reviewer to another - great review - balanced.
Agree with you about the stunning vocal harmonies in "Saturn Nights" and the loveliness of "Moon Song". And "Ventura Highway" is one of those songs that sends me even now (44 years after the event) - like Hall & Oates "She's Gone" or Van Morrison's "Into The Mystic". Also the Remaster on this is excellent.
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