Long Road out of Eden (ERC)
Reviewed by Doug Freeman, Fri., Dec. 28, 2007
EaglesLong Road out of Eden (ERC)
Fitting that the Eagles' first studio gathering since 1979's The Long Run should be a Wal-Mart exclusive, since the entire 2-CD affair is a generic sprawl aimed for the largest (read: lowest) common denominator. Following the tepid harmonies of opener "No More Walks in the Wood," disc one commences by literally excavating the 1970s on J.D. Souther's "How Long." Familiar with "Take It Easy" appeal, the single, like nearly every song, calculates an endless recall of earlier hits, contemporizing neither sound nor sentiment, and polished to innocuousness. Embracing their soft-rock legacy with "I Don't Want to Hear Any More," "What Do I Do With My Heart," and "No More Cloudy Days," the emotions are at best insipid, at worst juvenile. Disc two fares better, but barely. Joe Walsh's tedious, seven-minute "Last Good Time in Town" is a sad Steely Dan conclusion to "Rocky Mountain Way," and political invectives "Frail Grasp on the Big Picture" and the title track offer clichéd rants without substance. Supposedly six years in the writing, which dates to Sept. 11, 2001, Long Road's "Peaceful Easy Feeling" deflects any real confrontation while gesturing indignation. Safe, comfortable, and utterly numbing.
Abby Johnston, Fri., June 14, 2013
Doug Freeman, Fri., June 14, 2013
Kevin Curtin, Fri., June 14, 2013
Austin Powell, Fri., June 14, 2013
Luke Winkie, Fri., May 31, 2013
Show & Tell Show at Spider House Ballroom
at Cinemark Hill Country Galleria 14, and Tinseltown North
Biscoe Chose Poorly : Thanks for Amy Smith's coverage of Travis County Judge Sam Biscoe’s unfortunate appointment of professional lobbyist Bruce Todd to ...
Blood, Sweat, and Applause As co-writers of Blood, Sweat, and Cheers, we would like to answer a question Ms. Cobbe asked about the script ...
Weird = Good, Lunacy = Bad Two Things: 1) Recyclable bags: Sure, everyone pitching in to clean up the toxic waste. Back in the old days ...
'Dirty Sixth' No Misnomer “Austin is the live music capital of the world, and Sixth Street is where it's happening.” That's the message we ...
More Sidewalks Needed The article “Honk If You Prefer Walking” reports a growing demand for sidewalks across the United States. I certainly see ...
- Follow us@AustinChronicle