Full Moon 33499
Released: September 1975
Chart Peak: #23
Weeks Charted: 19
Certified Gold: 11/1/77
Captured Angel is a transitional album for Dan Fogelberg, originally an acoustic singer/songwriter, who is developing into an accomplished exponent of Eagles-styled rock. Few talents surpass Fogelberg in musical versatility. Captured Angel, his self-produced third album, has him playing guitars, keyboards, bass, percussion, banjo and Arp, in addition to overdubbing perfect falsetto harmonies on top of an evocative, somewhat breathy tenor. The result is a richly textured album that crosses the sounds of CSN&Y and the Eagles without seeming blatantly imitative of either.
- Stephen Holden, Rolling Stone, 11/6/75.
Fogelberg, with his gentle brand of country rock, builds up a stronger following with each release and seems to become a bit more comfortable with the style of music he has chosen. Kind of a blend between the Cosmic Cowboy scene, the Eagles genre and the Colorado school of music, Fogelberg runs through a series of gentle cuts highlighted by mild electric or acoustic instrumentals, double tracked vocals and easy harmonies. A natural follow to his last LP, which firmly established him as a name to be reckoned with on the commercial scene. Virtually all instruments played by artist, but when he needs it he gets help from the likes of J.D. Souther, Russ Kunkel and Norbert Putnam. Best cuts: "Aspen/These Days," "Comes And Goes," "Old Tennessee," "Crow," "The Last Nail."
- Billboard, 1975.
Such kind folks at Epic Records and Full Moon Productions -- not only have they let Fogelberg record nine more songs, and taken down something he hummed in the rec room for Glen Spreen to orchestrate, but they've let him put some of his art therapy on the cover. Dimensionality is beyond him (or else he doesn't know much about breasts), and it does look as if somebody put out the angel's eyes with a poker, but after all, it's the spirit that counts. D+
- Robert Christgau, Christgau's Record Guide, 1981.
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