My attempt to blog all of the entries from the book 1001 Albums to Hear Before You Die
Brief Background: Deja Vu was recorded during the second half of 1969 and released in March of 1970. Each part of each track was recorded by the indivdual member and Stephen Stills claimed it took 800 hours of studio time.
What I think: I’m not a huge CSN or CSN&Y fan, but I have to say this is a pretty good listen. It’s not spectacular to me, but does feel a lot more cohesive than their debut album. My favorite tracks here are the ones with big harmonies. Those also tend to be the singles from the album so you have “Teach Your Children”, “Woodstock”, “Carry On” and my favorite track on the album, the quirky, “Our House”. It should also be noted that I know these four songs based on radio play alone making 40% of the songs stalwarts on the radio forty-five years later.
Do I agree or disagree with the writers as to this being an album you must listen to? I like it… not love it. I think it deserves a spot.
Rating (Out of 5): 3.5
Amazon Review (Out of 5): 4.5
Is this my first time hearing this album? Yes (150/193)
Percentage of Albums that are new to me: 78%