David Crosby & Graham Nash
Crosby & Nash
First Appeared in The Music Box, September 2004, Volume 11, #9
Written by John Metzger
Not surprisingly, on their first album in 28 years, David Crosby and Graham Nash donít come storming out of the gate screaming for oneís attention. In fact, it isnít until the smoldering, blues-inflected groove of They Want It All ó the collectionís 10th track ó that the material on the duoís new self-titled effort even begins to approach anything close to rousing rock ínĎ roll. Then again, that has never been their modus operandi. Instead, they have a tendency towards exploring more fragile environments, and as a result, they deliver a set that is largely understated; one that stands as the ultimate antithesis to the current garage-punk revival. While bands within the latter genre fight indifference through the use of brute force, Crosby and Nash peddle jazz-inflected pop tunes that are quiet, gentle, and downright captivating, if only given a chance ó though that admittedly is something of an uphill battle given the current state of mainstream radio.
Featuring 20 songs scattered across two discs, Crosby & Nash more than makes up for lost time, augmenting recent compositions penned in collaboration with the members of the pairís latest ensemble with material that has floated through each artistís repertoire over the course of the past decade. Although itís not quite as magnificently cohesive as CPRís Just Like Gravity, itís still a far more satisfying effort than most of the additions to the catalogs of either Crosby or Nash since their 1976 outing with Stephen Stills on CSN. Pairing idealistic socio-political commentaries ó such as Donít Dig Hereís pointed condemnation of the plan to bury nuclear waste at Nevadaís Yucca Mountain, They Want It Allís denunciation of corporate greed, and Half Your Angelsí tender, but haunting memorialization of the Oklahoma City bombing ó with nearly wordless expositions (How Does It Shine?) and sweetly optimistic ballads (Milky Way Tonight and Shining on Your Dreams), the collection touches upon the entirety of the duoís careers (whether alone or together), visiting with Crosbyís If I Could Only Remember My Name one minute and Nashís Songs for Survivors the next.
With indelible melodies that stir emotions, poignantly poetic lyrics that resonate with relevance, and tight-knit harmonies that are strikingly beautiful, Crosby & Nash glides and soars with a profound radiance that shines as a bright beacon of light and hope through these darkest of times. While the album isnít the pinnacle of perfection within the duoís catalog, itís a welcome addition, indeed. Ĺ
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1 Star: Pitiful
2 Stars: Listenable
3 Stars: Respectable
4 Stars: Excellent
5 Stars: Can't Live Without It!!
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