There was a problem filtering reviews right now. Please try again later. Verified Purchase. I've always liked this album, the last "real" album "Islands" was an odds-and-ends collection by the original lineup, more than some other people. It's certainly more polished and technically ambitious than The Band's earlier efforts. But I think that was much of the point. The songs are good, and the playing is excellent as always. The highlights rank with the best from the earlier albums, none more than "Acadian Driftwood".
Here he takes on the displacement of the French from Canada to Louisiana. The tale is told post-relocation, by those harvesting sugar cane, but longing for snow and ice. There's variety here. But maybe the most remarkable performance is "Jupiter Hollow". Garth Hudson's wizardry with a keyboard listen to "The Genetic Method" on the "Rock of Ages" album translates to a synthesizer here. In lesser hands, the synthesizer often is an unexciting, soulless instrument. Here, Hudson creates extraordinary textures; you'd swear you could see the Northern Lights just by listening.
Some fans of The Band don't care for this album so much, because it lacks the warmth and funkiness of the first couple of albums. That's a fair assessment, but shouldn't deter you. This is The Band's equivalent of "Abbey Road". They had to have known this was the last album as they were making it, and wanted to go out with an accomplished, high-quality effort, even if the old cohesiveness just wasn't there any more.
It's an unqualified success, even though it often doesn't feel like the "old" Band. This release by "The Band" with all original member in tact was in - almost 3 years after their previous release. Most agreed they got their "sound" together for this one and probably is the best of the later releases. Tough to compare any release to their 2nd album titled simply "The Band". Good stuff and they sounded great. All members of the Band at some point or another have all said how much they enjoyed recording this album and how well it came out.
The listener realizes during the first few bars of music the extent to which the antique sepia-tinged flavor of the first Band albums was a result of their determinedly primitive mixes. Unfortunately, the self-dramatization and occasional baldness which marred the more personal songs on Cahoots are still present. The lyrics are direct and earthy, the melody is the most memorable on the LP and the instrumental arrangement is positively breathtaking.May 21, · From Northern Lights/Southern Cross.