Captured Angelby Dan Fogelberg
Dan Fogelberg is a singer-songwriter in the confessional vein of Joni Mitchell; his work at this time was also heavily influenced by America, the Eagles, and Crosby, Stills, and Nash. His most successful work dates from the 1970s and early 1980s. Fogelberg's best songs are generally those that have a little muscle to them ("Phoenix") or manage to transcend his penchant for cliched, sentimental lyrics and maudlin arrangements to be genuinely affecting ("There's a Place in the World for a Gambler"). This album is one of the weakest in his canon. Selections like "Next Time" and the title track are bland and bloodless, marred further by pedestrian performances and easy-way-out arrangements and production. Other numbers like "Below the Surface" and "These Days" are better in this regard, but suffer from didactic lyrics. The album's weakest track, "Aspen," is an unengagingly syrupy, string-based instrumental with odd and ineffective chord changes. A few songs are worth hearing, though. "Comes and Goes" is a short, understated selection proving the adage "less is more." "Crow" is a decent, brooding song made very listenable by an appealingly intricate arrangement. And "The Last Nail" is one of his songs that manages to grab the emotions and be deeply affecting almost in spite of itself. Demerits also go for Fogelberg's inexpert cover painting of an unintentionally androgynous angel. Dedicated fans may enjoy this album, but others may not find it attractive.
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- Sbme Special Mkts.
Performance CreditsDan Fogelberg Primary Artist,Banjo,Bass,Guitar,Harmonica,Percussion,Keyboards,Vocals,ARP
David Lindley Fiddle
Hot Damn Brothers Vocals
Russ Kunkel Drums
Perkins Pedal Steel Guitar
Norbert Putnam Bass
J.D. Souther Vocals,Background Vocals
Technical CreditsDan Fogelberg Producer,Artwork
Gary Ladinsky Engineer
Glen Spreen String Arrangements
John Stronach Engineer
Jeff Guercio Engineer
Terry Jamison Engineer
Tom Byler Engineer
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The feel of this album is incredible,I've been a fan of this album for a long time. Songwriting is great,instrumentation is great.You come to expect that from Dan.If your ever in the mood for music, and you just don't know what to put on,start off with the first two trax here,Aspen/These Days.And if you do it in the morning,your in for one great day!
I have listened to this music since I was 18 and of course the meanings have changed as have time, but it moves my very soul.
From Netherland to Windows and Walls all these works are essential to anyone who loves music. This man was a true master musician. This is one of his best. If you were alive in the 70's - you know. If you weren't...find music here. You won't regret it. Buy a good set of headphones & enjoy.