Rolling Stone (12/11/03, p.136) - Ranked #188 in Rolling Stone's "The 500 Greatest Albums Of All Time"
Buffalo Springfield: Steve Stills (vocals, guitar, piano, organ); Richie Furay, Neil Young (vocals, guitar); Bruce Palmer (bass); Dewey Martin (drums).
Additional personnel: Charlie Chin (banjo); James Burton (dobro); Don Randi (piano); Jack Nitzsche (electric piano); Jim Fielder, Bobby West (bass).
Producers include: Richie Furay, Steve Stills, Neil Young, Ahmet Ertegun.
Engineers include: Bruce Botnick, Jim Messina, William Brittan.
All tracks have been digitally remastered using HDCD technology.
In retrospect, it's hard to believe that Buffalo Springfield could not only top their debut album, but that they'd do it within a year. AGAIN clearly states the band's case as a rootsy American Beatles to rival folk-rock kings the Byrds.
Singer-songwriters Steve Stills and Neil Young were firing on all cylinders, Young moving easily from sharp-tongued acid rock ("Mr. Soul") to complex, artsong-like ballads (the epic "Broken Arrow"). Stills could shift on a dime as well, offering the hypnotic, jazzy waltz "Everydays" right alongside the celebratory "Rock & Roll Woman" and the RUBBER SOUL-influenced "Bluebird." Richie Furay gamely navigated the choppy seas between these two giants and penned some beautiful, ahead-of-its-time country-rock along the way.