- Album name: Summer Breeze
- Group name: Seals and Crofts
- Year: 1972
- Number of discs: one
- Label: Warner Bros. Records
- Collection: Brenner / Gessner
- Distinguishing characteristics: “G” written on top left of album, indicating that my father owned it
- Buy it on Amazon: $11.89
Level of familiarity before listening
The only time that I’ve ever listened to a Seals and Crofts record was last May, when I reviewed their “greatest hits” compilation, on which I only recognized one song, which is also the title track for this record, Summer Breeze.
What I expected
Folk rock, easy listening.
What it was actually like
I was thinking that I didn’t like the title track Summer Breeze because I could only remember the mind numbing chorus part, but then when it came on, it was ok. I still think it would be better as a punk song, though.
In general, most of the songs on Summer Breeze weren’t bad at all, with the exception of Advance Guards, which sounded like a children’s song.
Seals and Crofts harmonize pretty consistently, but more by singing the exact same note than when Simon and Garfunkel do it at complementary notes. I guess there’s a reason why Simon and Garfunkel are so widely known, while I struggle to name a single Seals and Crofts besides the one I knew from their “greatest hits” compilation that is also the title track of this record.
Say was a bit more of a harder rock song, and I liked it more than most of the others, and Fiddle in the Sky was a bit more country, and maybe the best on the record.
Mostly, though, these were pretty boring folk rock songs.
3/5: interesting, but not for me
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