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Product Details

  • Audio CD (February 13, 1996)
  • Original Release Date: February 13, 1996
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Elektra / Wea
  • ASIN: B000002HKU
  • Average Customer Review: 3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (25 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #75,680 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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10 songs

Customer Reviews

Well, the more I listen to this album, the more like it.
Dr GB Dennill
Unfortunately, the album deteriorates quickly, almost as if the rest is filler to get to the requisite ten songs.
Westwoods
Not only is the music on those albums fantastic, but the lyrics are smart.
J. Houzet

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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Frank J. Guszak on January 14, 2006
Format: Audio CD
Interesting album, one that sounds like a return to his earlier pre-1980s work. Moreover, I would include "Barricades of Heaven" right up there with the best songs Browne has ever made. It sounds straight off "The Pretender." However, on this same album is one of the biggest clunkers Jackson has ever made and that is "Information Wars." This song is horrible! It is hard to fathom how this one got by the producer and on the final recording. Yes, the lyrics are intelligent, if not flowing. But the song sounds so ham-handed and dated, it is alomost like a Chevrolet commercial, with the horrid background vocals bellowing "Heartbeat of America!" I thought I was in 1985 again. HOWEVER, this sould not detract away from all of the other songs on this album that are consistently strong. So to sum up, one of Jackson's greatest songs ever, one of his worst, and several consistent songs. Is this a great Browne album? Probably not. Is it a bad one? Not at all. I own it and recommend it to other hardcore fans.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on June 26, 1998
Format: Audio CD
In his album "Looking East" Jackson Browne gives another successful analysis of the human condition. His passionate lyrics and well -crafted melodies make this piece his best in years.
The man who has made such insightful comments concerning our social behaviors and emotional needs is now older and wiser. His commentary is more tempered, more forgiving and less accusatory. His intention here seems to be to bond with listeners- not to rally them to action. Even as one who was rallied to action in the past by Browne, I understand and accept this new approach.
The title track opens with some ripping guitar work and rocks all the way through. His heart-felt vocals give the song a lot of depth and strength. It sets the stage nicely for the tracks to follow.
I believe the second track "Barricades to Heaven" will go down as a true Jackson Browne "classic". The song has a truly haunting tune and the subtle instrumentation accents the song skillfully. "Barricades" follows some of the form of "Running on Empty" as the artist again takes us through a musical tour of his past. When he reminds us to "bring your redemption when you come" it sounds less like a sermon and more of a free lesson in life given by on of its more successful students.
"Some Bridges" is another fine track and one that has the most commercial possibilities. Browne's message here is another unique one. He replaces his gloom and doom messages of the `70's and 80's with one that says, "We are doing okay. We have knocked down some of the obstacles that stood in our way." He, however, cannot resist adding, "Some bridges are still around". In other words, "let's keep it going in the right direction guys".
Jackson's "I'm the Cat" is a cool and sultry analysis of the balance of power in a relationship.
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8 of 10 people found the following review helpful By Carl Bauske on October 29, 1999
Format: Audio CD
I agree with the previous reviewer who said you must give this album a chance. Do not let yourself form a strong opinion on first listen. About the third time through, make sure you hear it on a good system with no one talking in the room. This is one of my most durable albums. I am always glad when it comes up in the juke box in the car, as it is great music to drive to.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on November 25, 1998
Format: Audio CD
The album "sounds" incredible. Everything is recorded using tube amps and vintage guitars (I read that even the headphone amps in his studio are tube). The production is concise - no extra drum machines or string programs - but the sound is full and lush.
It is refreshing, in this era of "techno pop" and MIDI sampling, to hear the faint squeek of fingers moving across guitar strings, and the drawbars moving on the Hammond.
Jackson's recording values are as honest as his lyrics.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By PC Fields on February 13, 2000
Format: Audio CD
"Looking East" represented an inspired return to form after the cathartic song cycle, "I'm Alive."This Japan-only issue contains one extra track. A rompin', stompin', gospel take on "World In Motion," which actually bests both his original and later effort with Pop Staples.Expensive as it may seem, fans will simply have to have it. And, save for an appearance on a long-overdue box set, this great remake of "Motion" won't be around forever.Lose your fears, and meet your dangers. Click to the secure server, and go for it!
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Jackson Browne's 1996 album "Looking East" is quite a dramatic change of pace for him. This came out relatively quickly after his previous album, the masterpiece "I'm Alive"--less than a 2 & ½ year gap between the albums, which is a small gap for him. It's not surprising that, sonically, "Looking East" is essentially in the same vein as "I'm Alive", however this album is quite stylistically varied, & in that sense, it's rather ambitious. You get uptempo rock & roll on the title track, a couple of bluesy songs with "Culver Moon" & "Baby How Long", the Latin-esque "Nino" which is partly sung in Spanish, good-timey laid back rock & roll on "Some Bridges", & of course he doesn't forget to slip in a reggae tune: "It Is One". However, the varied styles sort of come across as an attempt to mask that Jackson is again suffering from writer's block. Regardless of Jackson's intent, the album feels slight--it largely ends up being good, enjoyable background music, but if you're looking for his characteristic emotional impact, it's sorely lacking on here. There are a few standouts though. "I'm the Cat" is a lyrically savvy, terrifically crafted, intricately detailed & infectiously catchy feel-good tune. The wistful youth reflection "The Barricades of Heaven" has really cool guitar & organ interplay and it's a terrific song, and "Alive In the World" is also a wistful and moving song, although it's a tad bit disappointingly plain lyrically. And that leads to another problem: many of the lyrics are tossed off & lacking depth--"Baby How Long" feels frustratingly incomplete; "Some Bridges" is a startlingly dull attempt at being uplifting; and "Information Wars", a characteristic political statement, is frustratingly shallow & lacking in his usual eloquence.Read more ›
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