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Stephen Stills 2
Genres: Folk, Pop, R&B, Rock, Classic Rock
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Better than I remember, but not THAT good!
Erica | 03/19/2000
(3 out of 5 stars)
"All right, it's a matter of taste, granted, but Stephen Stills is a guy who, for me, works best when he's with others who hold their own with him. When he calls all the shots, you get albums like this one, which have a few great songs and a LOT of misfires. Steve the Street Preacher testifying about "What-We-All-Need-To-Do-Brothers-And-Sisters" was a lame act back in 1971 when he recorded "Relaxing Town," "Word Game" and "Ecology Song," and the passage of time hasn't helped it any. On the other hand, when Stills kept it simple, he hit home runs; "Marianne" is a honey of a song with a great slide riff moving it fast and flowing; "Singin' Call" is one of his finest lyrics and his performance here is gentle and knowing (Check out his re-do of it on the out-of-print STILLS ALONE CD---it blows this version away!); and the man will ever be one of the best (and most underrated) guitar-pickin' dudes around. This isn't a bad album, mostly, but beware of the "masterpiece" tag; this isn't a masterpiece by a long shot."
Waiting In The Color And The Noise
Glenn Barker | San Francisco | 01/10/2006
(3 out of 5 stars)
"This was a much-maligned album, but nonetheless spent a great deal of time on my turntable. In those days, I couldn't get enough of Mr. Stills and his illustrious pals.
While the album contains several gems, it also included quite a few duds. I wasn't one to complain back then, but I can also see why the critics were in such an uproar. Cheesy horns, falsetto singing, and throwaway lyrics had no place on an album made by the guy who brought us For What It's Worth, Bluebird, Suite: Judy Blue Eyes, and Love The One You're With.
Change Partners gets things off to a big start. It's swinging 3/4 time, soaring chorus, and gorgeous pedal-steel from Jerry Garcia make this a monster track, and the lyrics were especially wry. It seems that Graham Nash took "Love The One You're With" a little too seriously, and made off with the one Stills loved. Stephen gets his revenge by making the woman out to be a country-club debutante who saves herself for no one. Touche.
Know You Got To Run, Stills' ode to his pal Neil Young, proves to be one of his strongest vocal takes, and is also another great set of lyrics. The banjo and guitar interplay shows Stills at his folky best, and the overall tone of the song is sufficiently dark, effectively conveying the gloom that often beset his friend.
Sugar Babe should have been a hit, but was overlooked by DJs. It had a soulful feel to it, enhanced by the Hammond B3. The big, beautiful suspended chord at the end is a touch only Stills could have thought of.
Singin' Call is a subtle gem that never seemed to show up in his live set. Too bad, as this was a real showcase for Stephen's considerable vocal chops.
Word Game is a blistering Dylanesque rant against racism that, while not his best lyric, is one of his very best acoustic guitar workouts. Who but Stills ever applied banjo-frailing to the guitar, and made it sound like this?
From here, things start to go downhill in a hurry, and it's evident that Stills should've waited until he had more top-notch cuts before calling it a wrap. His desire to step into R & B is understandable, as Chicago and Blood, Sweat and Tears were all the rage at that time, showing that white boys could pull it off. Unfortunately, the material just isn't strong enough to make it work, and Stills' horn charts left much to be desired. Critics looking for someone to dis found this an easy mark, and Stills' reputation for big ego and ostentatious displays of wealth didn't help any, and the knives came out.
In spite of the inconsistencies of this album, I would recommend it. The high points are as thrilling as anything else
Stiils recorded, and should be considered a high point in the music pantheon of that time."
Writing, guitar and and vocal excellence !!
(5 out of 5 stars)
"Stephen Stills is one of the GREATS that have been unjustly overlooked by the listening public due to the poor response of music critics. Everyone who hears this CD coming from my speakers are completely awe struck by the crisp sound of the guitar work, the solid melodic singing and the intelligent lyrics. Judge for yourself. This one belongs in everyone's comprehensive music collection. All tracks are quite listenable and most are very memorable !!! You'll be humming these songs for days. Buy it !!"