DAVID CROSBY ‘For Free’ *YAY….landed…order away!


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The voice is in great shape still and the perfectly placed harmonies sure take you back.  Everything is beautifully played and sung, from the first notes of “River Rise” to the closing chords of the powerful “I Won’t Stay Long”, you’re borne aloft. Woodstock all over again.

It’s an album full of light and air and wonderful textures, the close and soaring harmonies very reminiscent of Crosby, Stills, Nash & Young.  Close your eyes and listen to “The Other Side of Midnight” written by his son, James Raymond. The voice is remarkable: not the sound of a grizzled octogenarian. Croz turns in a series of wonderful performances. “Rodriguez For a Night” was written specially for Crosby, a long-time Steely Dan fan, by Donald Fagen. A sort-of rock-jazz fusion full of vivid imagery and the heaviest cut on the album, it still features those trademark harmonies. “Secret Dancer” is another beauty.

As on his last album, Here If You Listen (2018), Crosby dips into Joni Michell’s catalogue, “For Free”, culled from Ladies of the Canyon, her hymn to the Laurel Canyon scene and her complicated relationships with the local musicians. It’s one of his favourite songs from the woman he believes is “the greatest living singer-songwriter”, which is a remarkably generous assessment since she gave him his marching orders in “That Song About the Midway”, delivered at a party. He’s joined by Sarah Jarosz, their voices closely entwined above a jazz-inflected piano arrangement.