Picks and Pans Review: The Longest Road
"The longest road is from the head to the heart," sing Jim Seals and Dash Crofts in the title cut, thereby pinpointing this album's biggest problem. Despite the slick S&C harmonies and polished arrangements, their 14th LP shows more evidence of precision than passion. Not until One Planet, One People, Please—the final track that makes a gentle pitch for some of the Baha'i religious tenets they both share—does any unforced fervor surge through. After a musical partnership dating back to their school days in Texas, the pair recently sold their Southern California recording studio and plan to move south—Seals to a coffee plantation in Costa Rica, Crofts to Cuernavaca, Mexico. Reunions and future albums are promised; the change of scene may stir new life into a once sparkling collaboration gone stale.