Search and Nearness
was The Rascals' farewell album, to both Brigati, and to Atlantic Records.
Again narrowing the band's sound, Cavaliere relaxed the music in keeping with the times, adding some Gospel touches on "I Believe" and "Glory Glory", and wah-wah guitar making a belated appearance on "Right On" and "Fortunes". His lyrics have also shifted, largely abandoning social statements or the mystical ("I Believe" is an exception), instead settling for the warm afterglow of the era.
The result is an album which is less intense, but still drawn from the old sources , and - in the case of "Almost Home", and the bluesy "Thank You Baby" - more generic. The funny thing is that Cornish's guitar style is well-suited to such a shift, even if he still lumbers about below competency.
Cornish's lone contribution is the vaguely country-ish "You Don't Know", which utilizes the same intervals made famous by The Allman Brothers, but has some pretty crappy lyrics. The song is also one of only three songs to which Brigati contributed lead vocals, the others being Danelli's "Fortunes", an exercise in nonsensical post-hippy optimism, and a surprisingly serious and dramatic version of The Box Tops' "The Letter".
Nothing really grabs though, so the album's best track turns out to be a Jazz instrumental - Danelli's "Nama" - which is a nice platform for his soloing in 7/4 time.
Lots of bands (The Rascals included) had done the slower soul thing by this time, and Cavaliere's better songs - "I Believe", "Thank You Baby", and "Glory Glory" - wouldn't beat out even See
's finer tracks. And just like preceding releases, Search and Nearness
failed to sell, peaking with the lowly chart position of No.198.Rated:
by Reviewer: Obscurity
(blogging at Obscurity!