Even though it was released under the trio’s name, Daylight Again is essentially a collaboration between Stills and Nash. David Crosby was largely incapacitated by drug problems by this time, only contributing one song, and he’s even absent vocally as other vocalists like Art Garfunkel and Timothy B Schmitt are used to fill his place. For a 1982 album, Daylight Again is organic sounding, with plenty of acoustic guitars – the backing for ‘Might As Well Have A Good Time’ is pared down to some simple keyboards, while the title track is only Stills’ guitar and banjo.
The central track is Stills’ ‘Southern Cross’, with its simple acoustic riff, nautical metaphors, and huge stacked harmony vocals, while Nash also scored a hit single with the breezy ‘Wasted On The Way’. Crosby’s sole contribution, ‘Delta’ is a typically pretty and meandering composition, while opener ‘Turn Your Back On Love’ is urgent and vital.
The first half is stronger than the second, but overall, Daylight Again is stronger and has aged more gracefully than you’d expect from a 1982 Crosby, Stills & Nash album.