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The Eagles - Long Road Out of Eden

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The Eagles - Long Road Out of Eden

The Eagles - Long Road Out of Eden

ERC (Eagles Recording Company)
Bottom Line:The Eagles get a lot of press every so often, whether it's "yet another" comeback or a potshot at their former glory or even just Don Henley shooting off his big mouth again; still, there's no getting around the fact that when these guys want to make music, they can make some pretty good sounds. I'm not sure if this is an attempt to recapture what made the Eagles great or just a return to something comfortable, but no matter how you slice it, it sounds like the Eagles. If you're nostalgic for that mid-70's country-rock beat or you like the Eagles, then this is an album you'll like.
While I'm not sure if one can call this a "new" direction for the Eagles, as the first disc sounds like their Desperado era and the second disc sounds more like their Hotel California era, the music is new and the lyrics are occasionally pithy and everything about it screams "good music you can dance to." Maybe it's not the most cutting edge release in the universe, but I have to say I enjoyed listening to it, and in the end, I suppose that's what really matters. Listening to it with friends brought about the comment, "it's a pretty good Eagles-sound-alike band," so obviously, that works for them. The opening bars of the first tune, "No More Walks In The Wood," is somewhat reminiscent of that beautiful acapella Eagles tune "Seven Bridges Road" - and while they still can capture those exquisite harmonies, there's something missing from the songwriting; it's good, but not glorious. Still, there's some good ones here, including the Don Henley/Glenn Frey collaborations "Busy Being Fabulous," a sharp commentary on the gloss and glitter of appearance in today's world, "Fast Company," and "Frail Grasp on the Big Picture," all good, solid, Eagles songs.
Of course, it's that good original Eagles sound, coming from the good ol' original Eagles including the incomparable Joe Walsh on guitar. Of course, I can't say if they've been doing this all along, because I have to admit, I haven't been following their career, just listening to Don Henley take credit for the entire country-rock sound (which I sort of disagree with him on); so I really can't judge how this compares to recent work. All I know is that, like comfort food, this is more of what I liked about the Eagles back then, more of what made me buy the "Best Of" collections. None of it is as sharp or as cutting edge as it was then, and none of it compares to the hard rock excellence of Hotel California, but it will absolutely not fail to please any casual listener. Eagles fans will love it. Fans of seventies country-rock will like it. Political commentary is not absent from this disc (including an instrumental entitled "I Dreamed There Was No War") but it is not the functional center of the piece, either. It's topical without being locked into a time. It retains a timelessness that way, able to withstand the years, hopefully, as early Eagles music did and continues to do. No matter how one feels about the Eagles, you can't deny they can entertain their audience. This is a very enjoyable listen.

Song List:

Disc 1:
  1. No More Walks In the Wood
  2. How Long
  3. Busy Being Fabulous
  4. What Do I Do With My Heart
  5. Guilty Of the Crime
  6. I Don't Want To Hear Any More
  7. Waiting In the Weeds
  8. No More Cloudy Days
  9. Fast Company
  10. Do Something
  11. You Are Not Alone

Disc 2:

  1. Long Road Out Of Eden
  2. I Dreamed There Was No War
  3. Somebody
  4. Frail Grasp On the Big Picture
  5. Last Good Time In Town
  6. I Love To Watch a Woman Dance
  7. Business As Usual
  8. Center Of the Universe
  9. It's Your World Now
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