Full Moon 34185
Released: May 1977
Chart Peak: #13
Weeks Charted: 39
Certified Platinum: 12/26/79
This is great, squashily romantic outburst from Dan Fogelberg -- by far his best album. Everything jells beautifully here. His gentle fantasy, which could easily turn to self-conscious mush in such things as "Scarecrow's Dream" or "Dancing Shoes," instead has a lean, elegant vigor. And when he does pull out all of the red plush and patchouli stops in "Love Gone By," "Nether Lands," or "Lessons Learned," it's like Vronsky explaining how-things-really-are to poor, childlike Anna Karenina. (You see folks, it is 1977, and even Fogelberg hedges his commitment by adopting the role of the sadder-but-wiser one comforting the unlucky friend who really got bent out of shape. Underneath it all, of course, his songs tel us that he's played both roles at different times.)
Fogelberg's following has gradually mounted since his break from Fool's Gold, and for those borderline admirers this LP should convince that he is a premier writer and vocalist. Not only is he a writer of poetic and passionate love tales, but a singer of force and conviction. The Colorado-based artist melodically wails his way with a voice that sounds ethereally angelic and laden with throbbing sincerity. His guitar and piano work is first rate while his backup band adds punchy rhythm. Solid production by Fogelberg and Norbert Putnam. Recorded in the Rockies at Caribou. Best cuts: "Nether Lands," "Love Gone By," "Sketches," "Loose Ends," "False Faces."
- Billboard, 1977.
Fogelberg returns to Norbert Putnam for this effort, which ranges from the heavily orchestrated, highly dramatic title cut to light CSN-style folk-rock like "Once Upon a Time." It's one of Fogelberg's better albums, in spite of his tendency for grandiose statement. * * * *
- Rick Clark, The All-Music Guide to Rock, 1995.
A couple of Fogelberg's albums -- Souvenirs and Nether Lands -- have their moments of fine songcraft that predate his gradual slide into schlockdom. * * *
- Peter Blackstock, Musichound Rock: The Essential Album Guide, 1996.
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