Picks and Pans Review: Mcguinn, Clark & Hillman

updated 04/02/1979 AT 01:00 AM EST

originally published 04/02/1979 AT 01:00 AM EST

Roger McGuinn, Gene Clark and Chris Hillman

These three ex-Byrds still sing fine harmonies, as on Long Long Time and Feeling Higher. But these ballads are bland, indicative of the trio's move toward elaborate arrangements. They are a far cry from the loose, folk-rock fusions the Byrds (then with David Crosby) pioneered in the mid '60s. And their lyrics are hardly inspired ("Ten feet away/From the stage she can stand/Hey O/Do you know/If she'll think that it's grand?"). Sad Boy, with its rich chords, is one rocking moment, as is McGuinn's fragile, folkish voice on Bye Bye, Baby—a Bojangles type of lullaby. Stopping Traffic (reminiscent of Jackson Browne's Running on Empty) is irresistibly vibrant and the LP's best track. But mostly the three reflect the conservative image conjured up by their name—that of a musically inclined law firm.

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