Album opener "Ain't Got Nothing (To Go Wrong)" sets the mood. It's the album's longest song at nearly seven minutes, and it starts with chords that swing like a pendulum, with Simon adding slurred lyrics but no real emotion. The song ends much the way it begins: The guitar is more distorted and the bass line moves faster, but it's still a pulsing tune whose echoes die down into silence.
A few songs on "Old Growth" seem to have more of a driving purpose. Simon's voice evokes frustration on " 'Till Kingdom Come," while "Seven Seers" is almost lullaby-esque in its calmness. With chiming guitars that sound Middle Eastern in tone, that song is one of the most distinctive on the album because of its sheer restraint.
-- Catherine P. Lewis