|My America Albums List WORST to BEST|
Now an obscure band, back in the 70's, America was an enormously popular band with a lot of critical and commercial success. Their stint with Beatles producer George Martin is highly regarded. Here, I will outline my list of their albums from Worst to Best.
Arguably the worst America album produced. Recording sessions were tumultuous between America and the album's producer Russ Ballard, and the result was this insult to human ears.
After parting ways with George Martin, America attempted to regather their footing and try new musical avenues. Alibi was the result, an obnoxious, cringey, and outright annoying album from a band that could do better.
Ten years after Perspective, America reconvened and pumped out Hourglass. Despite some good ideas, the album was largely over produced. The instruments were one too many, the vocals stiff, and the general feel was whimsical to annoyance.
Their use of synthesizers should have given the band a boost in creativity. Instead it resulted in an album we'd all love to just forget ever happened. Sure it had a couple of hits, but, when compared to previous albums, was it that bad to expect better?
America's sophomore effort had them falling in terms of creativity and nuance, but Homecoming was still a great album with a lot of top-tier songs to boot. It was a nice combination of cheese and pomp, and left room for America to keep going to bigger and better pastures.
Here & Now
America's 2007 effort was a return to the commercial viability they had lost after Your Move. Here & Now was a beautiful mesh of the old ways, and the new talent brought on during its production. Here & Now was the spark that lit the torch within America again, and they were back to making the music we all knew they could create from the beginning.
A great cover album from a band that simply enjoys the simpler things in life. Back Pages was them looking at songs they enjoy and giving their own take on them. The result is fresh, new, and inviting. This was the Silver Age of America.
Back when America consisted of three people, but before they had discovered George Martin, America was still pushing out good albums like Hat Trick, a great collection with a lot of style and emotion. Sure, America would outdo this album later, but at the time, Hat Trick was the bees knees.
Lost & Found
A compilation of unreleased songs over fifteen years that had been remastered. Lost & Found featured the usual flare of America, but without the fat that tends to clutter their studio releases.
A beautiful and simple Christmas album. The tracks were great, the production astute, and the instrumentation gorgeous. It did lag behind on a couple of tunes, however.
America's tantamount return from the grave. Human Nature was America adapting to the changing Music styles that were prevalent in the mid-1990's and using them to their advantage. The result was an album that returned America to where they were before their downfall, and amassed a new collection of fans.
George Martin's second album made with America had them increasing the production quality of previous releases, while also maturing as song writers. A big hit in the US, Hearts was an evolution within America's style and created a beautiful album loved to this very day.
George Martin's final album from America that he produced. Despite not being a hit, Silent Letter contained multiple standout tracks and the instrumentation had never been more refined. It was a sad parting, but we can still look back at this album and enjoy it for what it was, not what it caused.
View from the Ground
The comeback album that America needed. After multiple commercial failures, View from the Ground kickstarted America's second era, and featured the absolute best work of America's 80's years. It was inventive, smart, and well made.
Archives, Vol 1
A collection of demos and unreleased material recorded between 1970-1975. If you want more of America's Golden Age, look no damn further.
As America continued to receive hit after hit, they began to broaden their horizons, abandoning their Folk Rock roots for a more mainstream sound. The result, produced by George Martin, remains one of their finest hours. Hideaway features a more refined sound, a better production, and new avenues not explored by America.
A soft rock masterpiece. Harbor was the final album involving America member Dan Peek, who left the band after his conversion to Christianity. Despite that sad tiding, and the fact this album was the beginning of America's commercial decline, Harbor remains one of the best albums made by America and a further example of the boundless quality George Martin brings to the albums he produces.
Their debut album ranks as one of the greatest Country Rock albums of the 1970's. This was a band that needed to make a name for themselves as the 1970's began. The result was this Folk Rock juggernaut that reached No. 1 on the Billboard charts in 1971. Arguably one of the best America albums ever made.
The greatest America album of all time. This was the first America album produced by the venerable George Martin, and he completely changed America's sound into something that maintained the usual America themes, but adapted to new genre's that emphasized what made America great but showed that the band could do other things just as well. Holiday is perfection.