- Album name: 1+1
- Group name: Grin
- Artist name: Nils Lofgren
- Year: 1972
- Number of discs: one
- Label: CBS Records
- Collection: Brenner / Gessner
- Who owned it: it’s unclear which of my parents owned this one
- Buy it on Amazon: $7.99
Level of familiarity before listening
I’ve heard of Nils Lofgren, but don’t know anything about him. I am not familiar with “Grin,” which appears to have been his band.
What I expected
Maybe folk rock.
What it was actually like
Normal records have side 1 and side 2, or A side and B side, but 1+1 by Grin, featuring Nils Lofgren, had “Rockin’ Side” and “Dreamy Side.”
I opted for “Rockin’ Side” first, and it was definitely rock. There were even guitar parts that reminded me of Pete Townshend, like on Please Don’t Hide, and if I squinted, I could almost imagine it as a Who song – with the exception of the vocals. Nils Lofgren is no Roger Daltry.
White Lies was also a pretty good rock song, with sort of bluesy style vocals and a more choral style chorus.
Other parts of “Rockin’ Side” sounded almost proto-metal, like Slippery Fingers, that was very repetitively rhythmic, but with a great guitar solo. Unfortunately, the chorus was awful:
Slippin’ all over you
End Unkind seemed to start out metal, but then it got more country, which was pretty unexpected and interesting. I also liked its guitar solo, and its fast tempo, and complexity.
“Dreamy Side” was mostly not quite as dreamy as the name would have suggested.
I guess there was a little bit of dreaminess on Just a Poem because of its instrumentation, but I thought that the piano and violin really didn’t work together, and that it was the most boring song.
Soft Fun also had a slightly dreamy quality. It started with a baby singing, then progressed to harpsichord. Its piano sounded like an Elton John song, which is not a positive for me, and the violin and flute detracted a lot. It also ended with a sappy violin part that sounded like a 1950s Hollywood movie soundtrack.
Sometimes was more of a folk rock song, with drums. Lost a Number was not folky, and sounded more to me like rock from about ten years earlier, plus banjo and harmonica. Hi, Hello Home also a little banjo and some country sound, and was too fast to be dreamy.
4/5: would listen again