From Sea to Shining Sea is an ambitious but brief attempt to cross the United States in song. Out of all his concept albums, From Sea to Shining Sea relies more on sailing songs than cowboy songs; those tunes that don't involve water are usually about mid-American events, whether its fairs, mines, prisons, or gas stations. Most of the songs rely on their themes, not lyrics or music, and they suffers accordingly: From Sea to Shining Sea is enjoyable as a campy snapshot of America, not as an album.
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AllMusic Review by Stephen Thomas Erlewine