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Review by Gary Hill

This is a new album from a band that had a lot of success in the 1970s, The classic rock sounds are apparent here along with plenty of country music, folk and more. This is an effective set. It has no "skip" tracks and a few real standouts.

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Track by Track Review
Way Back When
Lyrically a piece of nostalgia, this has a lot of country and folk along with rock music in the mix. It's a fairly effective piece and a solid opener for the disc.
A Real Fine Day
While this number is more energetic, it still has the same general concepts on hand. I like the melodic guitar solo. The cut has some strong hooks and the multilayered vocal arrangement is classy.
Hardest Chain
More of a balladic approach is on the menu here. This is a dramatic cut. As solid as the two previous songs were, this really ups the ante. It has some harder driving moments. It's still got plenty of country rock in the mix.
Nature's Way
Here we get a cover the classic from Spirit. I like this version a lot. It might be different in some ways, but it brings its own magic. That said, I generally think that if you are going to cover a song you should change it enough to really make it your own. I don't really hear that here. This is pretty faithful.
Piano brings this cut into being. It grows outward from there with some style and charm. As the vocals join this really becomes a country ballad.
There She Is
Horns bring a jazzy angle to this cut. The tune has a real classic rock vibe and energy. It even has hints of power-pop. It's one of the highlights of the set. It is just a great time.
Ghost Town
A dramatic piece, this has a lot of country built into it. It also has plenty of magic. The flute solo section brings a different angle to the number. I like the electric guitar solo that runs a call and response with it. This is another highlight, really getting into some effective territory.
Never Be the Same
More of a country ballad, there is a melancholy feeling to this piece.
Before I Met You
The vocal hooks and multiple layers of singing really create a lot of magic. The tune has a great classic rock vibe, too. This is just such a strong tune. It might be my favorite of the whole disc.
A New Mexico
An energetic rocker, there are hints of country music in the mix of this song.
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