Subject: I have found a CD that I think you would enjoy
|Crosby Stills Nash & Young|
Genres: Folk, Pop, Rock, Classic Rock
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Cassandra L. from KENDALL, NY
Reviewed on 6/2/2010...
I wasn't impressed with this album after having read about them in a book. I think their older work is much better than this.
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Mike E. from MILWAUKEE, WI
Reviewed on 5/2/2007...
A more contemporay Crosby, Stills, Nash and Young.
HONESTLY. THERE'S A DIAMOND IN THE ROUGH HERE.
Crabby Apple Mick Lee | INDIANAPOLIS, IN USA | 12/08/2005
(4 out of 5 stars)
"It is commonly said that CSNY came together for this CD for all the wrong reasons. Even the individual members of the band confess that AMERICAN DREAM was not the album they should have made. Young is quoted as saying that he promised to return to the band for an album if David Crosby kicked his crack habit. Well, as luck would have it, Crosby got himself arrested one time too many and into the Big Clink he went. Soon Crosby found himself in with a better class of people and walked out of the jail months later clean and sober. Much to Young's chagrin his pledge came back to haunt him and so rather than take back his promise into the studio he went. The resulting album then got some equivalent of a "Dog of the Year" award from Rolling Stone magazine-that being the kindest praise it received.
I take a different point of view. One of the virtue of CD-players is you can "program out" certain selections. It is surprising how "good" albums become "excellent" albums when particular debris is given a "rest".
I hate to say this because I like the guy. I've seen him in dozens of television interviews and listened to him many times in radio interviews speak extensively about music and many other subjects. He is very articulate and intelligent and I would love to drink a few beers with him and shoot the breeze. He probably knows more and remembers much more of the truth behind the great events in Rock history than most who were there or claimed to be there. Nevertheless, I find that there is nothing wrong with AMERICAN DREAM if you program out Graham Nash's songs.
Somewhere along the line, Nash became convinced that he had emerged as the creative force in CSN. His "Wasted on the Way" and "Just a Song before I Go" were among the brighter spots on CSN and DAYLIGHT AGAIN as well as becoming modest hits on the radio. However, the balance of his songwriting suffers from a wooden quality lyrically and is mediocre musically. Both of these deflects are magnified when Nash gets a little preachy. This has puzzled me for a long time since I liked Nash's first album, SONGS FOR BEGINNERS, as well as his collaborations with David Crosby in GRAHAM NASH/DAVID CROSBY and WIND ON THE WATER.
When Nash gets together with David Crosby, the blend of their voices is so graceful and pleasing that together they are major stars in their own right as well as "A-list" backup singers to other artists' projects. But on this album Nash's songs are just dead weight.
Putting Nash's contributions aside and considering the rest of the album, one gets the funny notion that this really started out as a Steven Still/Neil Young album and then Crosby and Nash were included when the album was over half done. It has been strongly rumored for years that the first Stills/Young album, LONG MAY YOU RUN, started out as a CSNY project and somewhere during the process Still and Young parted ways with the other pair and erased or removed their voices and contributions to the project. Needless to say, Crosby and Nash were none too pleased and may account for some of the snotty things Nash says about Stills and Young every now and then. Aside from the renewal of David Crosby's life, one has to wonder if this album was an attempt to make up for that past offense.
Whatever the truth may be the rest of the album sparkles. Stills' contributions do not match any thing like "Carry On" or "Suite: Judy Blue Eyes"; but his "Got It Made" is one of the most enjoyable songs on the album. Neil Young's songs are...well, Neil Young. I think they are fun and wonderful. Then again I think nearly everything Young has done is in a stellar class by itself. Others do not share my enthusiasm so you'll just have to make up your own mind. Crosby's two songs are a hit and miss. "Nighttime for Generals" is just his typical paranoid political views on parade-not even among the best of those at that. But his far more personal "Compass" is a tender and introspective song of wisdom bought with personal tragedy, youthful foolishness, and self-destructive mistakes. Well worth the price of the album by itself.
So take my advice. Listen to this album judiciously with artistic discrimination. It will reward you and you will enjoy it much more.
Daniel Taylor | Patterson, New York United States | 09/28/2003
(5 out of 5 stars)
"I know many people bad mouth this album and everyone is entitled to your opinion and mine is that this album is amazing. I first heard this album on cassett when I was about 8. I listened to it so much that I actually wore out the tape. For a while I forgot about this album but recently I found my old copy and went and bought a cd release. The lyrics that have been created here have brought me to tears, they touch me on such a deep level. As well as having great vocals and instrumental the lyrics make everything so much better."