10 Songs, 50 Minutes

EDITORS’ NOTES

David Crosby’s music has always had a touch of jazz to it—think back to the labyrinthine harmonies of CSNY circa Déjà Vu or the looser moments of late-‘60s Byrds (“Tribal Gathering,” “John Riley”). Continuing a late-career streak that includes 2014’s Croz and 2016’s folksy Lighthouse, Sky Trails indulges in the fascination fully, from the slick, Steely Dan-ish funk of “She’s Got to Be Somewhere” to “Before Tomorrow Falls on Love” and the gorgeous “Home Free,” which recall the organic, almost living quality of mid-‘70s Joni Mitchell—Crosby’s longtime friend.

EDITORS’ NOTES

David Crosby’s music has always had a touch of jazz to it—think back to the labyrinthine harmonies of CSNY circa Déjà Vu or the looser moments of late-‘60s Byrds (“Tribal Gathering,” “John Riley”). Continuing a late-career streak that includes 2014’s Croz and 2016’s folksy Lighthouse, Sky Trails indulges in the fascination fully, from the slick, Steely Dan-ish funk of “She’s Got to Be Somewhere” to “Before Tomorrow Falls on Love” and the gorgeous “Home Free,” which recall the organic, almost living quality of mid-‘70s Joni Mitchell—Crosby’s longtime friend.

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Ratings and Reviews

4.2 out of 5
26 Ratings
26 Ratings
j-glu ,

Poor mix

I've loved David Crosby's solo music since I bought "If Only I Could Remember My Name" when it first came out on vinyl. (I loved the CSN & Byrds stuff before that.) That's been a while back, and he's never disappointed me until now. The instrumental tracks on this album sound great, but the lead vocal track is so far back in the mix that I oftentimes can't tell what he's saying, and the lyrics are important in David Crosby's songs. I've listened to this album on two sets of speakers (including studio monitors) and two sets of headphones, and I'd estimate I can only distinsguish about 50% of what he's singing. Maybe I just got some weird download, but the album left me disappointed.

RJ 87 ,

A Very a Pleasant Surprise

I am a big CSN (and sometimes Y) fan, but I was a bit skeptical about trying David's new work. How wrong I was. "Sky Trails" is a beautifully written, expertly performed album with a little bit of everything—jazz, tight harmonies, thoughtful reflection, and even a little old-school righteous indignation. Crosby's timeless voice blends perfectly with his talented band. Right on, David.

Joe Fumo ,

Brilliant Work!

I always expect something stellar from Crosby, but this recording exceeded my highest expectations. She's Gotta Be Somewhere is the best Steely Dan tune written since 2003, and neither Fagen or Becker had a thing to do with it. RIP Walter... I knew Crosby liked Steely Dan, but had no idea that he was THIS into their sound....Superb!
Song after song, Sky Trails pushes the art of recording original music into places that I couldn't imagine David going at this point of his career. This is an epic milestone recording! Well done, David!

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