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America: Holiday

Bud Scoppa, Rolling Stone, 26 September 1974

MORE THAN any other group of the Seventies, America — in both its British and U.S. periods—has epitomized the stiff, soulless side of California pop. After pretending to be Neil Young for an album, America developed an identifiable sound based on acoustic guitars, minor keys and nasal harmonies. To the group's credit it now has chosen to expand its style rather than play out a rather limited hand.

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