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4.4 out of 5
69 Ratings

69 Ratings

CaptDan ,

America's "Here & Now" - They're Back and Better

A new studio album from the 70s soft rock icons, America? When I heard it was being produced by Adam Schlesinger of Fountains of Wayne and James Iha of Smashing Pumpkins, it got my attention. And then I heard that other great indie musicians like Nada Surf, My Morning Jacket, Ryan Adams, and others were collaborating with America on a whole new set of songs that would be true to the pure acoustic rock and striking harmonies that made America so special back in their heyday. I was hooked, and looked forward to purchasing this album.

I am amazed at how this album can sound so fresh and contemporary, while still transporting me back to the timeless music of my youth. Disc One contains great new material, including an awesome cover of Nada Surf's "Always Love." "Chasing The Rainbow," "One Chance," and "Ride On" are pure enjoyment. In fact, there's hardly a track on this album I'd skip over. And the bonus track, exclusive to iTunes, ("Glass King") is a phenomenal song by Dewey Bunnell and Ryan Adams. I find myself hitting repeat on that one over and over again.

Disc Two includes live performances of every song off America's "History" album of greatest hits, recorded at a recent concert. Each song sounds as fresh as the day it was first recorded, and some songs, notably "Sandman", sound even better than the original releases. The musicianship is outstanding, and the vocals are clear and true. "Sandman" alone is worth the cost of the entire album, as America reworks that classic into a pedal to the metal rocker that will have you bouncing and banging your head to the beat. You'll listen to each track of Disc Two and say "oh, I forgot America did that song!" Every song is a hit that will stir memories.

This mixture of fresh material with a reworking of classic hits makes for an outstanding album for fans of good organic acoustic-based rock music. You don't have to be a fan of America to enjoy this album, but once you listen to it, you'll be a fan of America.

Rob CT ,

America's Best Album Since "Hearts"

This is clearly America's best album since the mid-seventies!!! With both old and new songs it's more than an album, it's a compendium! This album has the ingenuity of "Hourglass", the production values of "Hearts" and the freshness of the group's first solo effort! The craftsmanship of the compositions is brought to the fore with the able hands of Fountain of Wayne's Schlesinger. I love how they let their songs wander in a contemplative way. In my opinion, "Indian Summer" and "Rainbow" remind us faithful fans why these guys are like ol' friends.

Rob

BlueEyes/Lynn ,

Here & Now is a must have

From the opening guitar lick of "Chasing the Rainbow", this CD is classic America. I have been a long time fan of the melodies and harmonies of this singer/songwriter duo of Gerry Beckley and Dewey Bunnell, and I was intrigued by the idea of them working with some of the icons of my daughters generation. The result of their collaboration with James Iha and Adam Schlesinger, among others, is music that appeals to any fan of classic acoustic rock. The tunes to "Chasing the Rainbow", "One Chance", and "Indian Summer just beg you to sing along with them. Bunnell's voice on "Ride On" and"Indian Summer" is the best it has ever been.
The second CD in this package is a compilation of their greatest hits. The sound on this disc is very crisp and clear, letting you hear each guitar and piano note behind the voices. While some people may prefer a less "clean" live version of these songs, I think the quality here is amazing and the songs really shine. This one makes you remember why you bought their albums on vinyl when you were in college!

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