David Crosby

Classic Rock - - THE HARD STUFF ALBUMS -

Sky Trails

BMG Re­doubtable former Byrd still soar­ing high. Post-CSN, one of the more grat­i­fy­ing sto­ries of late is the re-emer­gence of David Crosby as a solo force. 2014’s Croz was his first al­bum for a cou­ple of decades, fol­lowed two years later by Light­house. Now comes Sky Trails, a record that sug­gests the 76-year-old’s muse is still in close at­ten­dance. Crosby, for his part, puts this new-found pro­lif­er­a­tion down to “a lot of pent-up cre­ative juice”.

Un­like the mostly acous­tic-led Light­house, Sky Trails finds him in full band mode, en­gag­ing in a nu­anced blend of folk, soul and jazz that echoes vin­tage tri­umphs like Guin­n­e­vere and Déjà Vu. In­deed, he reaches back into the 60s for Be­fore To­mor­row Falls On Love, a Michael McDon­ald co-write that asks what hap­pened to that brave new world they once talked about, amid re­flec­tions of flick­er­ing can­dle­light and care­less free love.

One of sev­eral songs co-cre­ated with pro­ducer and son James Ray­mond, who also leads the band, the soft un­du­la­tions of Capi­tol spike into bil­ious anger as Crosby takes aim at po­lit­i­cal cor­rup­tion in the White House.

Ul­ti­mately, how­ever, he ap­pears to be a con­tented man, from the ra­di­ant ti­tle track (a great duet with Becca Stevens) to the do­mes­tic par­adise evoked in Home Free.

Rob Hughes

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