There is still some songs that reflect the vibe that Mayfield had on Superfly though, like "So In Love", which has some great love songs lyrics if you're looking for one. It sort of stands in contrast to the tone of cover. One of the stronger songs on the album is "Jesus" though. Unlike a lot of songs that reflect the idea of gospel music this seems to be sung like a celebration instead of the serious tone you get in many songs with the same theme.
With the mix of R&B and funk sounds though it is like Mayfield has found his balance. The music showcases the talent of the band to back him up, and match the tones of the lyrics that Mayfield is singing. It's no surprise that many artists would cover his songs in the future as you can still hear many of the sounds of this album woven into music today.
There's No Place Like America Today keeps the pace right with just seven songs. While there is a lot of rich texture in the music it still falls a little a slow sometimes. There are some moments you feel like getting into the music, and then some others where your mind might wander. It leaves an impact with the overall atmosphere that Mayfield has created within in his album though. The critics might have been conflicted on their feedback on it, but there is no doubt that a lot of talent lies behind it. Mayfield has all sorts of talents with his voice, and with the mulitple instruments he can play.
Rating 3 of 5.
Recommended Listen: Jesus