Robert Christgau: Dean of American Rock Critics

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Dan Fogelberg

  • Souvenirs [Epic, 1974] C-
  • Captive Angel [Epic, 1975] D+

Consumer Guide Reviews:

Souvenirs [Epic, 1974]
It took the poor fellow three years to write these songs--why, just the title of "Changing Horses" represents weeks of thought--but in a heartwarming show of togetherness his friends helped with the record. Joe Walsh produced, Don Henley played some drums, and Graham Nash sang a few harmonies, though in the spirit of his overarching vision Fogelberg prefers to tape those on himself. Inspirational Verse: ". . . you wish someone/Would buy your confessions." C-

Captive Angel [Epic, 1975]
Such kind folks at Epic Records and Full Moon Productions--not only have they let Fogelberg record nine more songs, and taken down something he hummed in the rec room for Glen Spreen to orchestrate, but they've let him put some of his art therapy on the cover. Dimensionality is beyond him (or else he doesn't know much about breasts), and it does look as if somebody put out the angel's eyes with a poker, but after all, it's the spirit that counts. D+