Folk-Rock Brilliance, Thank You Mr. Nash, June 7, 2005
By Brian P. Colwell (Mansfield, Massachusetts United States)
Graham Nash made a big splash of an impact with this 1971 solo debut album. All of the tracks are equally impressive, that after a while it becomes mighty difficult to call out your favorites. Suffice it to say, I enjoy the entire album .... not a track is wasted, and the order in which they are put is just right. His sheer talent for pop craftsmanship (courtesy of Beatles influences) never disappoints (especially during C-S-N-Y days), but Graham Nash as a songwriting leader takes shape very succinctly here. He is politically conscious with "Military Madness" (which is actually about the past in England, not Vietnam as some might intitially suspect) and "Chicago" (which calls out for aid during the troubled times of 1968, which found their way onto the Democratic Convention in that city that very same year). "Wounded Bird" is cleverly crafted in a Bob Dylan-like way .... "Be Yourself" is relatable to anyone, any age, during any time (when answers are scarce and questions about life's difficulties remain) .... "Simple Man" is a beautiful, short piece of pop that is highlighted by the gorgeous harmonies (thanks to Rita Coolidge) and piano playing (another facet of Mr. Nash). Once the record draws to a close, you realize there is some hope in the air (despite the turbulent times of atmosphere in which this album was released) as "Military Madness" (1st track) is answered quite nicely with "We Can Change The World" (last track).