GRAHAM NASH Songs For Beginners (1970)

Songs For Beginners (1970)
Still, His Most Appealing Work

To be frank, I’m not the biggest solo Graham Nash fan. History has shown he works best with others, whether it’s The Hollies or CSN&Y, but his individual work tends to skew a bit naked without the talents of others. You can’t fault his voice, especially his harmonies, or his smart pop style. His solo melodies can be memorable, if simplistic, while his lyrics range from sweet to introspective to embarrassing. Leaving aside some of his fine duo work with David Crosby (a blessing for both), Nash’s subsequent solo stuff is largely forgotten. Maybe for a reason, though, to be fair, his contributions to 2004’s unheralded 2CD set, Crosby-Nash, included some of his stronger, more focused work. But, in 1971, Nash’s talents collided with timing for what is still his best album to date, Songs For Beginners. All of Nash’s “issues” are present on this 1971 debut, but the overall atmosphere and vibe is the album’s winning ingredient. And, it’s probably no coincidence that his CS&Y buddies are there to help out. You still have to labor through the noble, but horribly outdated sentiments of “We Can Change The World,” not to mention “Chicago,” Nash’s cringe-worthy attempt to match Neil Young’s socially conscious “Ohio,” but the bulk of the LP’s pleasing pop wins out in the end. Beyond the music, Nash is to be commended, if not wholly admired, for what he’s done for David Crosby in his darkest hours, probably helping to save the guy’s life more than once. In 2008 Nash remastered his own best work for an attractive, career-spanning box set, also issuing a 2CD/DVD version of Songs For Beginners.

Military Madness
Better Days
Wounded Bird
I Used To Be A King
Be Yourself
Simple Man
Man In The Mirror
There’s Only One
Sleep Song
We Can Change The World


One comment

  • Capt. Willard
    November 1, 2010 - 19:29 | Permalink

    Get it HERE.

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