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Jackson Browne has written and performed some of the most literate and moving songs in popular music and has defined a genre of songwriting charged with honesty, emotion and personal politics. He's been honored with inductions into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame (2004) and the Songwriter's Hall of Fame (2007).
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Product Details

  • Audio CD (October 25, 1990)
  • Original Release Date: 1986
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Asylum Records
  • ASIN: B000002H3D
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (32 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #14,030 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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Browne took his growing turmoil over the sickening spread of poverty and war public with this 1986 album, one of the most impassioned sets of songs he'd ever put together. Once again, listeners responded, sending the LP to #23, turning In the Shape of a Heart into a hit and catapulting For America into the Top 40!

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Jackson's sense of direction and lyrical vision is awe inspiring!
JC Von Shotton
I especially like "Lives In The Balance", "Candy", and "Lawless Avenues".
Barron Laycock
He put all his effort into this album and the message still comes across.
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33 of 35 people found the following review helpful By Barron Laycock HALL OF FAME on August 28, 2000
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It's said that great artists find inspiration in life's trials and tribulations, and that sure helps us to understand Jackson Browne's twist into more political concerns with this album released in the mid 1980s amid the controversy over the possibility of American intervention in Latin America. While not all of the songs included here are overtly political, the tone and focus of the album is with the way such involvement with foreign interference (as Browne sees it) corrupts and undermines any attempts to solve our own problems here at home. From the opening lyrics of the title song (late in the song cycle) announcing "I've been waiting for something to happen/ In a week or a month or a year/ With the blood of the ink in the headlines/ And the sound of the crowd in my ear", Browne lets us know that this time out he isn't as interested in dreamy self-absorption so much as animated social action to stop the government from another catastrophe like Vietnam.
Jackson Browne always uses the vehicle of his powerful songwriting and musical talents to advantage, and here it artfully carries his concern and message by way of some very memorable and provocative songs. So, while this is a very different album and a quite novel departure for Browne in terms of his previous work, the album itself is simply terrific. All of the songs here are good, but some are absolutely wonderful. I especially like "Lives In The Balance", "Candy", and "Lawless Avenues". I also really enjoy listening to "For America", and am stunned by the only truly personal and introspective song in the album, "In The Shape Of A Heart", which is another in the long line of such Browne efforts to mine his own relationships artistically.
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on February 21, 2003
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When you listen to "Lives in the Balance," the lyrics relate to the events in the Middle East today. It'll give you chills!
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Miss Ivonne on December 27, 2006
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Jackson Browne released "Lives in the Balance" in the mid-1980s; however, the songs seem snatched from today's headlines: a war in Iraq (this time with us rather than the Iranians); the U.S. attempt to destabilize democratically elected governments in Latin America because we don't like them; an establishment which declares wars its children won't ever be called to fight. The more things change, ....
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Doug Christensen <douglas@fcc.net> on November 12, 1998
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Lives in the Balance ranks up with the best of Jackson Browne. The title song and "In the Shape of a Heart" make the album worthwhile all by themselves.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on October 23, 1999
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If there is anyone out there who still enjoys intelligent lyrics coupled with high spirited vocals all wrapped up into a classic rock blanket, then this is the title for you. I've listened it the tracks, "America", and "Lawless Avenues" numerous times, and unlike other music these days, it never gets "old". I'm sure you'll agree. If not, then you can at least appreciate JB's other great works that received far more attention. Because it is true that this particular JB title didn't get the appreciation that it deserves.
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14 of 20 people found the following review helpful By J. Houzet on February 13, 2006
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My favorite Jackson Browne song is the catchy satire "Lawyers in Love," but my favorite Browne album is a toss-up between World in Motion and Lives in the Balance. Jackson Browne always had political commentary among his songs, but he became extremely activist on his albums in the '80s. This could have become an incredible bore if the man didn't make good music. Listening to his albums as a foreigner in another country, his politics were folksy in any case. I didn't get personally riled or say "Yeah!" But now, having lived in the U.S. for nine years, I have a better feel for its history and politics, so I could see where Browne was coming from. No doubt the man is a liberal, but I can live with that and still enjoy his songs.
"For America" was a big hit, at least overseas, and I remember the music video for it. So I wonder why Browne has left the song off both of his Best of compilations. Maybe because folks might misinterpret it as being a rah-rah for America song? It's not, it's a lament for what Browne saw as America's shortcomings even though he loved his country. The theme continues on "Soldier of Plenty," in which Browne excoriates Reagan-era America for its military involvement around the world, but most especially in Latin America. Browne reinforces his sympathies for Latin America by using Latin beats and Spanish guitar on a couple of songs here: "Lawless Avenues", a song about poverty and crime in the barrio, in which Browne sings a verse in Spanish, and the title track, which even has lovely backing and a bridge played on pan flute. My favorite track is probably the reggae-flavored "Til I Go Down," also a rant against Reagan and the military.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Sheila Englehart on September 23, 2013
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I knew what I was getting before purchase. I think this is Browne's best. And it came all the way from the UK - weird that I couldn't find a copy in his home country.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By ScottE on July 10, 2013
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On Jackson Browne's 7th studio affair "Lives In The Balance", he turns a little political here. He still gave top rated material in his last American top 40 hit "For America", #30, a great tune, the rockin' "Soldier Of Plenty", the chestnut "In The Shape Of A Heart", #70, the synth-guitar melodic rock of "Candy", "Lawless Avenues", is a mid 80's workout, the incredible title track, the reggae beat of "Till I Go Down" and the sturdy pop-rocker "Black And White". "World In Motion", would come out in 1989.
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