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Album Review

This Path Tonight appeared 14 long years after 2002's Songs for Survivors, but Graham Nash didn't spend that decade and a half idly. In addition to semi-regular tours with David Crosby and Stephen Stills, Nash archived his CSN past by curating box sets for all three members along with a live set from 1974 that featured Neil Young. He also looked to the past via his 2013 memoir Wild Tales: A Rock & Roll Life. Maybe all these glances backward culminated with him turning his attention to the present, where things were in flux. This Path Tonight was written and recorded in the wake of his separation (and eventual divorce) from his longtime wife, Susan Sennett, and by the time it saw release, Nash claimed that he would never perform with Crosby again, thereby bringing a close to CSN. All the elements were in place for This Path Tonight to be a textbook divorce album but, instead, there's hope threaded among bittersweet ruminations. When he sings about "Another Broken Heart," it's not about himself — he's addressing the woman he's leaving, encouraging her to find a love to help her through. Such a sentiment blends sweetness and self-regard, which is something of a signature for Nash and his compatriots. Here, this trait seems neither narcissistic nor cloying; it feels settled, relaxed, and assured — Nash embraces the changes with confidence because he knows where he's heading. He'll still stumble into moments either strident (usually the political songs, including the bonus track "Mississippi Burning") or saccharine (usually the love songs), but that's part of his DNA and Nash doesn't attempt to hide it on This Path Tonight. Nor does he attempt to turn this record into anything other than a twilight reflection. At times, the production carries an adult contemporary air reminiscent of Daylight Again, elsewhere it's as spare as he's ever been, and the two aesthetics blend into a record that's comforting yet not complacent. Nash is no longer looking at the past; he's looking at the future and he's embracing all the changes to come.

Customer Reviews

EASILY the best GN release in twenty years

I was sure this was going to be an embarrasment, but...wow...what a surprise. For the most part, he avoids those plodding rhythms that so many of his tunes are structured around; in turn, this lets his (still strong!) voice come through. A very nice surprise, especially after the train wreck that was that last David Crosby CD (love DC, but that was an awful album).

Great album. Ever-evolving Graham Nash!!

A very long awaited album, beyond worth the wait!

Biography

Born: February 2, 1942 in Blackpool, England

Genre: Rock

Years Active: '60s, '70s, '80s, '90s, '00s, '10s

Graham Nash is one of the most durable musical figures to have emerged from the 1960s, both as a supporting musician and a star in his own right, and a key figure in both the British Invasion and the '70s singer/songwriter era that followed. As a harmony singer and sometime lead singer with the Hollies and Crosby, Stills, Nash & Young, his voice is among the most familiar in two distinct eras and schools of rock music. Nash was born in Manchester, England, and his musical future was determined on...
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