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MUSIC REVIEW | ***CSNY WEEK*** Crosby, Stills, Nash & Young – Deja Vu (1970)

In a nutshell, Bored & Dangerous says: “Another showcase of their impeccable musicianship, and even more impressive ear for melody.”

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Without ever listening to any of the music, the addition of Young to Crosby, Stills, Nash & Young always seemed a little weird.  Growing up in the 90s, Crosby, Stills & Nash were folky hippies, while Neil Young was the Godfather of Grunge.  When I finally listened to a Young solo album, I realised he was a lot closer to my idea of Crosby, Stills & Nash than I ever thought…  In the worst possible way.

Then I listened to Buffalo Springfield, and realised that Neil Young and Steven Stills were actually pretty good at combining rock and folk.  Then I listened to Crosby, Stills & Nash and realised that those three were nothing short of amazing.  So, with my hopes and expectations the highest they’ve ever been when thinking about his group of musicians, I dived into Crosby, Stills, Nash & Young territory, with Déjà Vu. (more…)

MUSIC REVIEW | ***CSNY WEEK*** Crosby, Stills & Nash – Crosby, Stills & Nash (1969)

In a nutshell, Bored & Dangerous says: “I’m not sure if a single album has ever made do such a complete 180 on my view on a band or artist.”

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I have always assumed I don’t like Crosby, Stills & Nash.  I grew up in a time when there was nothing more lame or more sad than a hippy.  They seemed like the worst part of the 60s.  And even bands and musicians who thrived in that scene seemed more like the exceptions, not the rule.  But I’ve recently realised that my dislike of this band was based on nothing but pure conjecture.  And after finally listening to the band that contained two of the titular three, Buffalo Springfield, I realised that I may have been unfairly dismissive of Crosby, Stills & Nash all these years.  Which is something I’m trying remedy by listening to their self titled release from the year of the hippy, 1969.

Opening with a seven minute epic is one way to scare me away from almost any album.  But Suite: Judy Blue Eyes bounces along at such a cheery pace, that it never feels drawn out or indulgent.  Then it’s all about soft, gentle harmonies, over slightly psychedelic (but never too over the top), floaty guitars, on Marrakesh Express and Guinevere. (more…)

MUSIC REVIEW | ***CSNY WEEK*** Buffalo Springfield – Buffalo Springfield Again (1967)

In a nutshell, Bored & Dangerous says: “It’s the kind of album where disliking a particular song was no big deal, because I knew whatever came next would be different enough to at least be interesting.”

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I’ve always assumed that Crosby, Stills and Nash, as well as their output with the addition of Young, would be some tedious, hippy shit.  I’m not sure why I think that, because I can’t name a single one of their songs off the top of my head.  I also assumed the same presence of tedious hippy shit from Buffalo Springfield, the previous band of Stills, Crosby and Young.  And this time, I did have at least one song the base that assumption on, the wet, painful For What It’s Worth.

Maybe it was a great song in the 60s, but in the decade since, it’s just been co-opted too many times by lazy movies and TV shows as a shorthand for the 60s.  But the enduring legacy of the band, and its members, is too big to ignore.  So I took a chance on Buffalo Springfield Again.

Immediately, Mr. Soul makes me feel better about taking that chance.  Because Mr. Soul is a solid rock song.  Louder guitars and more oomph than I ever would have expected from this band.  And while it’s backed by up something a little more folkie in A Child’s Claim to Fame, it’s a version of folkie that is more lively and less nauseating than that genre description usually indicates. (more…)