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I don't mean to take anything away from their earlier albums. Their debut LP was deservedly a landmark in modern music history, and _Deja Vu_ -- with Neil Young in on the act -- was _another_ landmark. You have to go some way to beat _two_ landmarks.
But I think CSN do so on this deceptively laid-back album. They've always described their work as being about the changes that they (and other people) go through, and every song here is a little gem about exactly that. (Including Nash's brooding "Cathedral," which, one assumes, is about his own rejection of historical Christianity.)
In only one or two other album reviews have I been able to say, about the work under review, that there are _no_ weak tracks. This is another. _CSN_ is the only album by any of these guys, alone or in combination, that I can listen through without ever skipping _any_ songs. (Actually I can't say that about too many albums by anyone at all.) But just the other day I listened through this one _twice_.
This is one of the very few times that CSN have actually managed to be more than the separate sum of their parts. Stills is at his best here; he contributes five tunes, all winners, with "See The Changes" at the top of my own list for his best lyrics ever. Nash writes four, all of them gentle without being either sappy or mournful. Crosby writes two and a half (the brilliant "Shadow Captain" is a joint effort with keyboardist Craig Doerge), and "In My Dreams" is one of my longtime favorites of his.Read more ›
And for the last 3 months, this has rarely, and I mean VERY rarely left my CD player. I've seen CSNY live, heard many of their other efforts, and while they are all outstanding, none of it is on the same level as this work. It seems that this album is criminally underrated, as I've only seen "See the Changes" talked about as anything noteworthy off this album.
The harmonizing on CSN represents their best and there is no finer example than the stunning and nicely paced "Shadow Captain". How this isn't a staple of classic rock radio is beyond me, but what do they know anyway? You can immediately feel that mid-70's California laid back vibe once this song starts, and it's maintained well throughout the record.
Graham Nash contributes a few tunes that add some somber moments. The gorgeous "Carried Away" is right up there with "Our House" as one of my most favorite piano led tunes the band has recorded. And of course the absolutely epic "Cathedral" starts off slow and brooding only to climax in a fury of anti-religious lyrics that are just mesmerizing.
"Dark Star" remains one of the grooviest tunes from the album. Featuring some great keyboards in the background, this song never fails to get me bobbing my head. The closer "I Give You Blind" is similar to this, and is the song that packs the most punch instrumentally.Read more ›
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Receiving this compact disc that I once owned as a cassette tape brought back memories of classic Crosby, Stills, Nash.Published 1 month ago by David Ebbert
As a hard-core CSN & Y fan, this is, of course, one I enjoy immensely.Published 3 months ago by Clarity
I'm a great CSN fan and I am adding to my collection. Good tunes.Published 3 months ago by Michael A Beitscher
CSN - some of the trios best work on one album. My kids are in their thirties and still know the lyrics from the back seat of the custom van rolling down highway 99 heading to... Read morePublished 3 months ago by Keith W.