Here & Now

( 4 )

Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Stephen Thomas Erlewine
Even during its '70s heyday, soft rock never gained much respect, and of those soft rockers, perhaps no other act received as much disdain as America, a group inspired equally by the folk-rock of Crosby, Stills, Nash & Young and the pop of the Beatles. Aside from epitomizing the qualities that made soft rock anathema for hipsters and rock critics -- America, like the style itself, was too smooth, melodic, and square to be considered cool -- it's quite likely that the band received the brunt of the criticism because they wore their influences too plainly: their 1972 number one hit "A Horse with No Name" sounded uncannily like Neil Young, and they were ...
See more details below
CD
$9.49
BN.com price
(Save 5%)$9.99 List Price

Pick Up In Store

Reserve and pick up in 60 minutes at your local store

Other sellers (CD)
  • All (6) from $4.57   
  • New (4) from $4.57   
  • Used (2) from $6.99   

Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Stephen Thomas Erlewine
Even during its '70s heyday, soft rock never gained much respect, and of those soft rockers, perhaps no other act received as much disdain as America, a group inspired equally by the folk-rock of Crosby, Stills, Nash & Young and the pop of the Beatles. Aside from epitomizing the qualities that made soft rock anathema for hipsters and rock critics -- America, like the style itself, was too smooth, melodic, and square to be considered cool -- it's quite likely that the band received the brunt of the criticism because they wore their influences too plainly: their 1972 number one hit "A Horse with No Name" sounded uncannily like Neil Young, and they were produced by the fifth Beatle, George Martin, two moves that made it appear to some that America was acting as heirs to a throne that they did not deserve. They were also seen, along with fellow California soft rockers the Eagles, as diluting and perverting the ideals of folk-rock, turning it into bland pap for the masses, and they were scorned by the taste-makers for it: the second edition of the Rolling Stone Record Guide rated all their studio albums between zero and one stars, while Robert Christgau rated their 1975 compilation History: America's Greatest Hits a C-. America may not have been acclaimed, but they were popular, with "Ventura Highway," "A Horse with No Name," "Tin Man," "Lonely People," and "Sister Golden Hair" all reaching the Billboard Top Ten in the first half of the '70s, all on the strength of their impeccable melodic craft and easy, sunny vibes -- qualities that turned out to be enduring, too, as these songs remained staples on oldies and soft pop stations well into the new millennium, earning new fans along the way, fans who weren't preoccupied with America's image and enjoyed the music on its own mellow terms. Among these fans were Gen-Xers like Adam Schlesinger of Fountains of Wayne and former Smashing Pumpkin James Iha, whose 1998 solo debut, Let It Come Down, was bathed in a hazy, sunny glow that was unmistakably reminiscent of America. Generation X was notorious for ironically embracing and reviving '70s icons, but there was no trace of irony behind Schlesinger and Iha's love of America, as their production of Here & Now, America's 16th studio album and first unabashed attempt at a comeback, proves. Schlesinger and Iha achieve something remarkable with Here & Now: they leave no fingerprints behind. The duo helms a production that is on paper a textbook indie rock hipster comeback record -- complete with cameos by Ryan Adams and Ben Kweller and covers of My Morning Jacket and Nada Surf -- but the finished album never sounds self-conscious or cloying, it sounds true to the sound and spirit of America. From the warm, welcoming production to the sweet harmonies, mellow vibes, and smooth melodies, Here & Now could easily be mistaken for an America album from the mid-'70s. There has been no attempt to modernize the group; Schlesinger and Iha have merely brought Gerry Beckley and Dewey Bunnell back to their strengths. Gone are the heavy layers of synthesizers that plagued America since the early '80s; gone are the earnest but meandering adult pop that made such '90s albums as Hourglass and Human Nature underwhelming. In their place are layers of melody and harmony presented simply and cleanly through songs that so easy to enjoy that it's easy to overlook how well constructed they are. This understated craft also means that Here & Now does not produce any revelations about the band or how they influenced the modern musicians who wisely blend into the background here, but the quiet nature of this album fits comfortably with the best of the band's work. Indeed, like the hits that are still heard on oldies radio -- and are also revived here in a live bonus disc, where Beckley and Bunnell perform every song on History -- the songs on Here & Now are appealing upon first listen but reveal their true strength upon repeated spins, as the melodies begin to catch hold in the subconscious and the warmth of the music feels friendly and familiar. On these repeated listens, Here & Now gains stature and it not only feels like a successful comeback, but the record that America fans of all ages have been waiting decades to hear.
Read More Show Less

Product Details

  • Release Date: 1/16/2007
  • Label: Burgundy S
  • UPC: 828768574928
  • Catalog Number: 85749
  • Sales rank: 69,871

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 Chasing the Rainbow (3:19)
  2. 2 Indian Summer (3:26)
  3. 3 One Chance (4:26)
  4. 4 Golden (4:18)
  5. 5 Always Love (3:25)
  6. 6 Ride On (4:02)
  7. 7 Love & Leaving (3:40)
  8. 8 Look at Me Now (4:06)
  9. 9 This Time (3:59)
  10. 10 Work to Do (2:54)
  11. 11 All I Think About Is You (2:22)
  12. 12 Walk in the Woods (4:11)
Disc 2
  1. 1 Ventura Highway (3:45)
  2. 2 Don't Cross the River (2:24)
  3. 3 Daisy Jane (3:02)
  4. 4 I Need You (2:32)
  5. 5 Tin Man (3:46)
  6. 6 Muskrat Love (3:07)
  7. 7 Woman Tonight (2:28)
  8. 8 Only in Your Heart (3:04)
  9. 9 Lonely People (2:19)
  10. 10 Sandman (6:23)
  11. 11 Sister Golden Hair (3:25)
  12. 12 A Horse with No Name (4:18)
Read More Show Less

Album Credits

Performance Credits
America Primary Artist
Gerry Beckley Acoustic Guitar, Bass, Guitar, Harmonica, Piano, Electric Guitar, Keyboards, Vocals, Background Vocals, Wurlitzer, Vocal Harmony
Dewey Bunnell Acoustic Guitar, Guitar, Electric Guitar, Vocals, Background Vocals, Human Whistle, Snare Drums, Vocal Harmony
James Iha Acoustic Guitar, Glockenspiel, Electric Guitar, Background Vocals, E-bow, Wind Chimes
Russ Kunkel Drums
Willie Leacox Conga, Drums
Brian Young Percussion, Drums
Rusty Young Dobro, Mandolin, Pedal Steel Guitar, Slide Guitar
Ronnie Buttacavoli Flugelhorn
Ira Elliot Percussion, Drums
Ryan Adams Bass, Electric Guitar
Matthew Caws Acoustic Guitar, Electric Guitar, Background Vocals
Rich Campbell Bass, Vocals
Mark Rozzo Acoustic Guitar
Jim James Acoustic Guitar
Ben Kweller Harmonica, Piano, Wurlitzer
Patrick Hallahan Drums
Michael Woods Guitar, Piano, Vocals
Technical Credits
Willis Alan Ramsey Composer
Bill Mumy Composer
Dan Peek Composer
Gerry Beckley Composer, Engineer
Dewey Bunnell Composer
James Iha Producer, Audio Production
George Marino Mastering
Mark Plati Engineer
Adam Schlesinger Audio Production
Jeff Worrell Engineer
Daniel Lorca Composer
Matthew Caws Composer
Geoff Sanoff Engineer
Mark Rozzo Composer
Jim James Composer
Susanne Cerha Art Direction
Rudyard Lee Cullers Engineer
Matt Beckley Engineer
Read More Show Less

Customer Reviews

Average Rating 5
( 4 )
Rating Distribution

5 Star

(3)

4 Star

(1)

3 Star

(0)

2 Star

(0)

1 Star

(0)

Your Rating:

Your Name: Create a Pen Name or

Barnes & Noble.com Review Rules

Our reader reviews allow you to share your comments on titles you liked, or didn't, with others. By submitting an online review, you are representing to Barnes & Noble.com that all information contained in your review is original and accurate in all respects, and that the submission of such content by you and the posting of such content by Barnes & Noble.com does not and will not violate the rights of any third party. Please follow the rules below to help ensure that your review can be posted.

Reviews by Our Customers Under the Age of 13

We highly value and respect everyone's opinion concerning the titles we offer. However, we cannot allow persons under the age of 13 to have accounts at BN.com or to post customer reviews. Please see our Terms of Use for more details.

What to exclude from your review:

Please do not write about reviews, commentary, or information posted on the product page. If you see any errors in the information on the product page, please send us an email.

Reviews should not contain any of the following:

  • - HTML tags, profanity, obscenities, vulgarities, or comments that defame anyone
  • - Time-sensitive information such as tour dates, signings, lectures, etc.
  • - Single-word reviews. Other people will read your review to discover why you liked or didn't like the title. Be descriptive.
  • - Comments focusing on the author or that may ruin the ending for others
  • - Phone numbers, addresses, URLs
  • - Pricing and availability information or alternative ordering information
  • - Advertisements or commercial solicitation

Reminder:

  • - By submitting a review, you grant to Barnes & Noble.com and its sublicensees the royalty-free, perpetual, irrevocable right and license to use the review in accordance with the Barnes & Noble.com Terms of Use.
  • - Barnes & Noble.com reserves the right not to post any review -- particularly those that do not follow the terms and conditions of these Rules. Barnes & Noble.com also reserves the right to remove any review at any time without notice.
  • - See Terms of Use for other conditions and disclaimers.
Search for Products You'd Like to Recommend

Recommend other products that relate to your review. Just search for them below and share!

Create a Pen Name

Your Pen Name is your unique identity on BN.com. It will appear on the reviews you write and other website activities. Your Pen Name cannot be edited, changed or deleted once submitted.

 
Your Pen Name can be any combination of alphanumeric characters (plus - and _), and must be at least two characters long.

Continue Anonymously
Sort by: Showing all of 4 Customer Reviews
  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    !! Excellent Album !!

    America !! Wow!! still alive and kickin'. The first disc is a brand new 4 star album and the second one is a great rend version of their best songs , but live material, that shows the excellence of musicians that can give you the same quality as studio!! The true mark of talent

    Was this review helpful? Yes  No   Report this review
  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    New AMERICA recalls classic AMERICA of the early 70's HERE&NOW!

    Disc one (Oustanding) is all new material that is outstanding writing and playing in classic AMERICA style. AMERICA originals One Chance, Love & Leaving, Ride On, This Time bonus track Here & Now as well as Golden, Always Love and Work To Do are top notch and will remind you of classics like To Each His Own, Only in Your Heart, Baby It's Up to You, Sister Golden Hair, Ventura Highway, I Need You and All My Life. AMERICA's 20+ albums have produced several quality ones since Dan Peek (Lonely People, Don't Cross the River, Woman Tonight) left the group. This CD of new material is AMERICA with a energized sound and swagger brought to life by producers Adam Schlesinger and James Iha. Thanks for bringing back that classic AMERICA sound we grew up listening to while making new music with that's fresh and relevant. Great AMERICAn music - easy listening music to relax and rejuvenate your soul in this crazy world we live in. The second disc (okay, but not great) is AMERICA's greatest hits recorded live at the XM Theater last fall and is lacking the studio excellence we are accustom to hearing over the last 30+ years. Gerry and Dewey - thanks for continuing to make great music and SONY's Burgundy Records for bringing AMERCIA back to life and the autographed CD jacket.

    Was this review helpful? Yes  No   Report this review
  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    WELCOME BACK, AMERICA !!

    America never really left the music scene, having toured nonstop for over 30 years. But when it came to fresh music, the group's efforts since about 1980 or so, were pretty hit-and-miss, uneven affairs. A few good songs here and there, but nothing to make the public really take notice. But "Here and Now" is amazing. It's classic "America" with some fabulous production behind it. "Ride On" gives you chills (sha-la-la-la-la...). And "Chasing Rainbows" and "Golden" remind us all what we've been missing. Is it for the "hardcore" rocker? No...and it never was. But America has nothing to apologize for. With "Here and Now", however, it does have plenty of reasons to be proud.

    Was this review helpful? Yes  No   Report this review
  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    America as we knew them (almost)...

    This is the best new album from the duo of America since Alibi (1981). It is richly organic and very much a return to their wonderful 70's sound. The only thing that would have possibly made it outstanding would have been the inclusion of Dan Peek. While I have no proof, I think Beckely and Bunnell have no interest in allowing Dan back into the fold. Beyond that one thing, the songs and the voices of Beckley and Bunnell are in top form. The live album is nowhere nearly as nice. I guess it is an attempt to re-create their Warner Brothers History album, but "Woman Tonight", "Lonely People" and "Don't Cross The River" were originally written and sung by Dan Peek, so they do not sound "right" when sung by Beckley and Bunnell. The arrangements of all twelve songs are losely close to the earlier studio versions, but they are a little sloppy in places.

    Was this review helpful? Yes  No   Report this review
Sort by: Showing all of 4 Customer Reviews