Other than a brief reunion in 1991, the two have turned their backs on recording. That metaphor is brought to bear on the cover of Dash Crofts' new solo album Today, the first release from either member since Seals and Crofts' dissolution in 1980. Crofts is pictured playing his signature mandolin, his back turned resolutely to the camera. Fortunately the music within is more inclusive and embraceable, but at the same time it displays the weaknesses that brought about the duo's demise. Today begins with a cover of Bobbidazzler's 1977 quasi-hit "Sunrise," a could-be-great track that suffers from a shade too much gloss. A number of other tunes on Today could have been toned down to mirror the less produced and more ephemeral feel of the title track and "Tree of Life," which hark back to the most satisfying aspects of Seals and Crofts' original success.
Even with occasional overpolishing, it's more than simple nostalgia that makes Crofts' album a fun listen. The Doobie Brotherslike pop romp "Ridin' Thumb" is a funky workout, featuring Crofts throwing a little piece of "Tequila" into his mandolin solo, while "Golden Rainbow" and "Hollow Reed" offer what could easily pass for the duo's updated sound. In at least one way, Today could be considered something of a reunion, as Seals cowrote a half-dozen of the tracks with Crofts. It may be the closest we ever get to another summer breeze.