Wind on the Water
Crosby and Nash collaborated on three records in the mid-seventies – Wind on the Water is their second album together. While the duo feel incomplete without Stills’ guitar and gritty material, there’s enough mature songwriting and diversity to fuel the record; the inspiring opener ‘Carry Me’ is gospel tinged, ‘Cowboy of Dreams’ is straight country, while ‘Critical Mass’ is an a capella hymn.
The two key songs book-end Wind on the Water – opener ‘Carry Me’ is surprisingly direct and structured for Crosby, but it’s emotionally gripping with the final verse about his mother’s death, and the chorus harmonies are beautiful. The duo collaborated on ‘To the Last Whale…’, and the opening mass is beautiful before the ecological cetacean ballad. Nash tries to provide some balance with the rock on ‘Take The Money And Run’, but without Stills the duo feel like less than the sum of their parts.
It’s worth hearing the best songs here, but Wind on the Water feels too much like product to be fully worthwhile.