Thursday, September 13, 2007

No. 148: Déjà Vu

Band: Crosby, Stills, Nash and Young
Album: Déjà Vu
Why Rolling Stone gets it right: I cannot, by law, write about CSNY without using using this template of key words: "Supergroup," "harmony," "Woodstock," "Buffalo Springfield" and "counterculture." "Déjà Vu" has elements of all of those things.
Why Rolling Stone gets it wrong: It's a pretty record, but probably forgotten by most of us under a certain age. It's probably not the best work of anyone involved.
Best song: "Woodstock" -- written by Joni Mitchell -- is great.
Worst song: Despite my love for Neil Young, I don't care for "Country Girl."
Man" stinks.
Is it awesome?: It's close.

What you know from this album:
  • It is considered one of the most widely anticipated follow-ups in the history of rock and roll.

  • "Woodstock" is the most rocking thing the group ever did together.

  • "Our House" was used in Tollhouse Cookie" ads in the 1990s.

  • "Teach Your Children" was used in an episode of the American version of "The Office."

Otherwise, it's folk-rocky harmonies. Not bad

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