CROSBY STILLS NASH & YOUNG - DEJA VU
Format: Compact Disc
Crosby, Still, and Nash topped their enormously popular self-titled 1969 debut by adding Neil Young to their ranks and expanding their stylistic and sonic range. The result, released in 1970, was an artistic and commercial success, representing the talents of the four primary players to excellent effect. More ambitious and incisive than its CSN predecessor, DEJA VU brings together folk, psychedelia, jazz, African, and Middle Eastern flavours, Tin Pan Alley, and hard rock in a manner that captures the tenor of the era's counterculture without sounding dated.
The group's distinctively lush harmonies are spread across the album, notably on the record's two centrepieces--"Carry On", which segues into a chugging, percussion-fueled groove halfway through, and "Woodstock", the band's hard rock re-working of the Joni Mitchell tune. Elsewhere, the songs are stamped by individual personalities, as on David Crosby's driving "Almost Cut My Hair", Graham Nash's quaint "Our House", and Stephen Stills dark, folky "4+20". Young's aching, plaintive "Helpless" is one of the highlights here, as is Crosby's complex title cut (with its intricate rhythms and vocal arrangements). Though their time together was tumultuous and short-lived, CSNY were one of the most successful acts of the era, and DEJA VU finds them at their peak.
|2)||Teach Your Children|
|3)||Almost Cut My Hair|
|8)||Four Plus Twenty|
|10)||Everybody I Love You