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HASH(0x95e12fcc) étoiles sur 5 high quality soft rock--irresistibly catchy hooks 8 novembre 2004
Par Missing Person - Publié sur Amazon.com
Format: CD Achat vérifié
America had been experiencing a lack of commercial success for a while, but they climbed back into the Top Ten on the US Billboard singles chart with the infectiously catchy, minor-keyed feel-good song "You Can Do Magic"--it was written, produced, and largely played by Russ Ballard who had formerly been a member of Argent, & it's the track that opens this 1982 album, "View From the Ground". It's been said that "You Can Do Magic" is basically the trademark America sound updated for the early '80s with the addition of synthesizers. That's funny & highly misleading because the song really doesn't sound updated at all--there is that "magic" effect that casually pops up on the chorus (is even that an actual synthesizer??--it sounds like it could be a piano run through some effects), but otherwise the song has acoustic guitar, electric guitar, bass, electric piano, drums, vocals... and no audible synthesizer whatsoever! The song really doesn't sound like it was recorded in 1981 or 1982. And that goes for nearly the entire album--much like Crosby, Stills & Nash on their 1982 album "Daylight Again", "A View From The Ground" finds America stuck in the '70s, either unwilling or unable to "modernize" their sound. And I say more power to them--I give these guys major credit for not jumping on the synth-pop bandwagon and for keeping their sound supremely tasteful on here. Legendary musicians Jeff Porcaro, Steve Lukather, Dean Parks, Christopher Cross, Carl Wilson, & others all appear on here, and any fan of that "laidback '70s California soft rock sound" will fall for this album lock, stock & barrel. "Never Be Lonely" is an irresistible up tempo song with great vocal hooks & jangly guitar including a fade strongly reminiscent of the Cure (!). "You Girl" is a bit sappy but has a super-catchy chorus & a nice chord sequence. "Inspector Mills" is corny, but very nicely tuneful--it's an ironic title since Gerry Beckley looked a lot like Mike Mills of R.E.M. (sorry, couldn't resist). They try to rock out on "Desperate Love" & "Even the Score" and they end up in arena rock territory--they seem rather forced, but the former does have a really catchy chorus. "Love On the Vine" has splendidly tuneful verses, & the ballad "Right Before Your Eyes" offers yet another catchy chorus. The mid-tempo "Jody" is an utterly characteristic, yet rote Russ Ballard love song--it`s not a disaster, but it`s dull & clearly filler. Overall though, with the album being so tastefully produced & offering so much catchiness, it's strongly recommended. Thumbs up to One Way Records for issuing "A View From the Ground" on CD (they've done the same for all of America's 1979-1984 albums as well)--the sound quality on the disc is solid, although unfortunately songwriter's credits are not listed.
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HASH(0x95e1f234) étoiles sur 5 The band that never left has come back! 13 mai 1999
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Unfortuneately a series of event occured in the mid to late 70's that left America in sort of a state of flux. Original member Dan Peek departed for a solo career, and the remaning duo continued on a new label, all the while virtually disappering form the "Top Singles" Chart.This album is America's triumphant return to the charts yielding Russ Ballard's "You Can Do Magic" and the forgotten yet unmistakeable "Right Before Your Eyes" aka "Rudolph Valentino". Other bright spots are "Love On The Vine" featuring Beach Boy Carl Wilson, and Beckley's love song saga "Inspector Mills" and the a virtually unoticed potential Adult Contemporary hit "Sometimes Lovers"
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HASH(0x95e1f5c4) étoiles sur 5 Outstanding 8 décembre 2005
Par D. Moses - Publié sur Amazon.com
Format: CD
This is the one and only America album which is mostly Gerry rather than Dewey. Usually, they split the vocal duties half each, but here Gerry sings lead on 7 and Dewey only on 3.

I have always loved both of them, but Gerry has been my favourite, so to hear him in prominence was no bad thing for me. But those who prefer Dewey may feel a bit lacking here.

All Dewey's contributions are outstanding: 'You girl' and 'love on the vine' are catchy folk songs, with excellent memorable choruses. 'Even the score' which rounds off the album, is a raucous rocker and is proof america can really rock out. Excellent song, with a savage guitar solo, and nice acoustic guitar embelishments.

Gerry is incredible here, as always. 'Inspector Mills' is probably the best here. A beautiful, heartfelt melody, with an even better electric guitar driven middle eight, this is a brilliant and well thought out, complex ballad.

'Never be lonely' is extremely catchy and fast, being driven by shimmering acoustic guitars, nice electric arpeggio passages, and beautiful melodies and harmony vocals. Another winner.

'Sometimes lovers' follows the same pattern. Acoustic, with a lovely melody, and memorable instrumental passages.

Of the covers, they are also top notch. 'You can do magic' is the best known of america's 80's output, followed by 'Right between the eyes'. The former is a pop song, with a catchy melody. The latter is another beautiful ballad, with nice electric piano.

'Jody' is described by many as filler, but to me, it has another lovely melody, with Gerry going into falsetto effectively, at times. Also love this one.

Lastly, is 'desperate lovers'. it is the only song I would give an average rating to, rather tha exceptional. Gerry sings lead vocal, but dewey chimes in to sing lead in the chorus. It is a faster paced rock song, which is still catchy and effective nontheless.

A wonderful album which just seems to run so smoothly from beginning to end.
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HASH(0x95e1f7d4) étoiles sur 5 One of their best 7 août 2002
Par AnotherMusicExpert - Publié sur Amazon.com
Format: CD
20 years after its release & this CD still sounds fresh & great. Great songs, should have been hits (Jody, Never Be Lonely+++), lots of great guests: Jeff Porcaro (drums), Christopher Cross, Michael McDonald, Carl Wilson of The Beach Boys. This is 80's pop at its absolute best. Besides the last track being a bit weak, the rest of this release is perfection - my favorite America CD and perhaps their best.
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HASH(0x95e1f930) étoiles sur 5 2.5 stars for a less interesting album 20 mars 2007
Par Tnahpellee - Publié sur Amazon.com
America is a fine folk-rock band from the 1970's, although they are versatile and adept at many styles. You would know them from common hits such as "Ventura Highway" and "Sister Golden Hair".

This 1982 album, despite it's panoramic front cover, is a contemporary soft rock album. It's not loaded with synthesisers like "Your Move", and especially "Perspective", but this music doesn't really suit them, and their persona is lost here also. They have always written about relationships, but they used to write lovely songs about visiting the countryside, sight seeing and quiet contemplation, or 'Aligator, lizards in the air'. However, by the time "View from the Ground" came, they are incapable of any interesting commentary outside of who they are breaking or making up with.

Some of the material is fairly bland and blends in unnoticed with much of the early 80's pop scene. Obviously, the recognisable hit "You can do magic", written by Russ Ballard, is a great song. He also wrote "Jody" which has a melodious chorus I suppose.

I wouldn't be of the opinion that none of the other songs are of a good quality. Dewey Bunnells' "You Girl" is a gorgeous doo-wop song that is, more or less, on the same level as "You Can Do Magic". The breezy "Love on the Vine" is in a similar style to "You Girl". "Inspector Mills" is a dramatic song that has an unconventional song structure; lyrically it tells that same story as "Could've been the one" from the previous "Alibi" album but adds a glimmer of hope. When you start listening to "Even the score" it seems like a great rocker, but after you've heard the line 'I don't know what to say anymore...' for the hundredth time you're eyeballs start rolling 'isn't this over yet?'

If you really want to hear "The Very Best" of America, I would suggest you first head straight for the "Original Album Series", which is their first five albums packaged into one, and contains almost all of their hits, such as "Horse With No Name" and "Tin Man", as well as other songs which are every bit as good as the hits, such as "To Each His Own" and "Cornwall Blank", but never appear on any 'best of' collection. I would also suggest buying the album "Hideaway" which is also cheap and contains a few of their best songs. If you have those six albums, then that is, essentially, the 'very best' of America and it should only cost about $25 - $30 all up.

If you want to explore other America albums, probably then go to the two-fer "Silent Letter / Alibi", or one of their 90's-00's albums, like "Hourglass" or "Human Nature", so that your opinion of 'later' America isn't tainted, as heading straight to albums like "View from the Ground" and "Your Move" won't give the listener a true understanding of what this band is capable of or really stands for.
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