This is indeed the first huge comeback of 2014; at the fine age of 72, David Crosby returns with a new solo record, the fourth of his extensive career, and the first since 1989.

Croz is a very personal album to Crosby, an autobiography of sorts that challenges the notion of what's new and what can be reinvented. In November he gave an interview to Rolling Stone, during which he explained he wanted to challenge himself: "Most guys my age would have done a covers record or duets on old material. This won't be a huge hit. It'll probably sell nineteen copies. I don't think kids are gonna dig it, but I'm not making it for them. I'm making it for me. I have this stuff that I need to get off my chest."

That being said, the 11 tracks of Croz act as a kind of purge to the dark side of Crosby's life ('Set That Baggage Down' was inspired by fourteen years of AA meetings), but also a reflection of what's become important to him - both musically and lyrically - over the last few years.

The record is also filled with special contributions from various musicians; opening track 'What's Broken' features Mark Knopfler on guitar, while Wynton Marsalis plays the trumpet on 'Holding On To Nothing'. Leland Sklar and Steve Tavaglione also make brief appearances on Crosby's personal adventure that began a couple of years ago in Jackson Browne's Groove Masters studio in Santa Monica, California and James Raymond's home studio.

Croz, of course, has little to nothing of The Byrds in it (the band's style was always much more McGuinn's than Crosby's), but it breathes CSNY throughout; tracks like 'The Clearing' and 'Morning Falling' remind us briefly of 1971's CSN - maybe because of the smooth Eagles-like production used at the time.

This, folks, is Laurel Canyon. This is Spanish adobe houses on the hill, the folk-rock royalty, the country's greatest concentration of golden records per square meter. However, Los Angeles' musical epicenter no longer seems to be Wonderland Avenue. Croz therefore emerges as a memoir, a scrapbook full of brief snippets of what it meant to belong to that specific place and time. This, however, doesn't mean that Croz is filled with nostalgia; the album has a special cosmic aura of times past, but it isn't a record yearning for what has already been experienced. David Crosby simply continues down a path he established for himself a long time ago, and even if he has encountered a few bumps along the way, this is a record of a man who has done everything he wanted to do with his life, and Croz emerges as the final piece of the puzzle.