Tuesday, October 10, 2017


What's Broken - James Raymond - 3:48    rating: **** stars

So here's what I wrote about this song on the BadCatRecords website when I first heard it:

Geez, how is it radio ignored this tune ?   Written by Crosby's son James Raymond  and featuring Dire Straits' Mark Knopfler on lead guitar, 'What's Broken' trashed the notion Crosby couldn't sing a commercial tune if his life depended on it.   Stunningly pretty and with support from Marcus Eaton, the layered harmonies were immaculate.  

Like me, if you thought Crosby's career was over when he pissed off long time partner Graham Nash (along with the rest of the CSN&Y family), this tune will quickly make it clear those sentiments were just plain wrong.  In fact, based on this tune and his three recent albums, Crosby has unexpectedly become the most productive member of the CSN&Y commune.  Sure, Neil Young has churned out far more albums over the last couple of years, but they can't match the quality and caliber of Crosby's recent releases.  And if you thought Crosby needed those guys to capture that unique sound ...  wrong.  This performance would easily give CSN&Y a run for their creative monies ...  Add in some sweet and thought provoking lyrics and this was one of those songs I just can't get out of my head.

You can hear the album version at:  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=P6fkt6raCDQ

The sound and video quality aren't great, but recorded at New York's The City Winery, YouTube has a January, 2014 performance of the song: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TXi_GU5TqBs 

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