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Crosby Loggins and the Light

"We All Go Home" CD

J&R Adventures

Genre: singer / songwriter, folk-rock, pop

Sep 29 2008

Professional gloss and radio-friendly songwriting adorn this slick release from folky singer/songwriter vehicle Crosby Loggins and the Light. Yes, that same Crosby Loggins whose father is Kenny Loggins. The music on We All Go Home is unarguably competent and blessed with some very effective hooks, although the main knock on this record is its consistency. Which isn't to say this is an inconsistent album, rather an overly consistent one. Loggins rarely stirs the pot through these twelve songs, resulting in a record that is best consumed in small doses. Amplifying this problem is the songs' tendency to go on too long. While none of these tracks attempts a self-indulgent ten minute oboe solo, six of twelve surpass the four-and-a-half minute mark, and that might encourage some listeners to tickle the "skip" button.

But let's not dwell on the sore spots. We All Go Home confirms a few things about Loggins. He's a skilled songwriter, a solid folk-rock vocalist, and (along with multi-instrumentalist Jesse Siebenberg) a competent producer. When this album doesn't drown in its own blandness ("Here She Comes," "Couldn't Save Me"), it is a pleasant, hum-worthy experience. Moody "Always Catching Up," for example, is an infectious bit of Jack Johnson-esque singer/songwriter pop with a well-placed country tinge. Meanwhile, the lengthy title-track is interesting if a tad overdrawn, and springy "Rocks into Sand" is a dose of surefire fun.

We All Go Home is a strong album at times, and there are several songs here that would fit in perfectly on adult-oriented radio stations. It is, however, a rather long record - one that outwears its novelty long before it ends. Still, as far as polished, inoffensive singer/songwriter folk-pop goes, this is solid stuff. Perhaps Loggins will take a few risks the next time around.

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Matt Shimmer

[Vitals: 12 tracks, distributed by the label, released April 2008]