Picks and Pans Review: The Longest Road

UPDATED 09/08/1980 at 01:00 AM EDT Originally published 09/08/1980 at 01:00 AM EDT

Seals & Crofts

"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.

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