Younger Than Yesterday
The Byrds’ bassist Chris Hillman steps into the limelight on Younger Than Yesterday, writing and singing lead on his four compositions. The group continue with the psychedelic sounds of Fifth Dimension, but it’s a more mature and consistent effort.
David Crosby considered the Dylan covers of ‘My Back Pages’ an artistic regression, but it’s terrific, and it’s one of their strongest cuts. The satirical ‘So You Want To Be A Rock ‘N’ Roll Star’ is the lead single, featuring Hugh Masekela’s trumpet. Of Hillman’s songs, the psychedelic ‘Thoughts and Words’ is the standout, while Crosby contributes the torch song ‘Everybody’s Been Burned’ and the impressionist ‘Renaissance Fair’. More problematically, Crosby also insisted on including his composition ‘Mind Gardens’, featuring theatrically pretentious lyrics delivered pompously over a droning backdrop; it’s a jarring low point on an otherwise terrific album.
The remastered version of Younger Than Yesterday also contains some important bonus tracks; Crosby’s non-album single ‘Lady Friend’ and pretty ‘It Happens Each Day’ are both worthwhile.