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McGuinn, Clark & Hillman

  • McGuinn, Clark & Hillman [Capitol, 1979] C

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McGuinn, Clark & Hillman [Capitol, 1979]
Despite the occasional Byrdsy guitar run, this is pure supersession, a purposeful AOR move by pros out for a quick killing, anonymously accomplished in the music and contentless in the lyrics. Granted, McGuinn's vocals are outstanding--look at the company he's keeping--and his "Don't You Write Her Off" is a genuine grabber. But it's also the simplest thing on the record. Moral: at least you can make having nothing to say sound like fun. C