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It's Obviously Been a Long, Long Road...,
This review is from: Long Road Out of Eden (Audio CD)
The Eagles have a new album coming out. "Great", I thought. Looking forward to it. Well the day finally arrived and after being teased with the advance single "How Long" for weeks, now we get to check out the whole thing. Is it gonna be like the old classic `70's Eagles? Or carry on with the modern style we last heard on The Long Run?
I'm here to tell you it's a little bit of everything, all rolled into one. Starts off with an a cappella track reminiscent of Seven Bridges Road. How Long, which most people heard and thought was a throw back to their classic sound, were right. The song was actually written in 1972 by J.D. Souther. Other tracks are typical Don Henley ballads and one track that could fit perfectly on one of his early solo albums, with the vocal stylings and horns like we heard on "Dirty Laundry". Glen Frey's songs are also typical solo type material. All on the soft side. Mellow and laid-back, complete with smooth sax solos. Timothy B. Schmit songs (of which there are only two) are both slow, like his past offerings. "Do Something" even has early style Eagles slide-guitar on it, reminds me of Peaceful Easy Feeling. The most disappointing is Joe Walsh's contributions. Again, only two songs that he sings. He obviously plays guitar on a number of tracks, but it's barely noticeable. There is little of the distinct guitar work that used to stand out on Hotel California and The Long Run. The second disc definately Rocks a little more than the first. Don and Glen get an even split at 40% each of the tracks here. That only left 10% for Joe and Timothy respectively. Not quite as even as the Long Run album.
Over-all, I like it. There's enough good to out-weigh the bad. It is the Eagles. We've waited 13 years for another release, you might as well pick it up and enjoy what you can. It will probably be another 13 or 14 years before their next release (if ever!). By the time that happens, they will be in their mid-seventies! Not likely.
It's a good buy for the money. Your getting a decent double-album worth of music for a very reasonable price. Conveniently waiting for you at your nearest Wal-Mart store. Some people like to bring up "non-musical" issues, like politics and the like. Commenting on the contradictions of Henley's politics and environmental leanings with having this ONLY released by Wal-Mart Corp. What can you say? Typical Hollywood hypocrite. But hey, at least the digi-pak style box and booklet are printed on recycled paper (30%)!
Best thing to do is just get it and decide for yourself. If you are an Eagles fan, you will find something here that you like. There really is a lot of variety.
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Initial post: Nov 14, 2007, 8:28:26 PM PST
John McAndrew says:
The CD is also available online at the band's web site. I am disappointed that one has to buy the physical CDs and package, rather than the more environmentally-benign digital version. I don't know what's behind the band's decisions to do it this way.
Posted on Nov 26, 2007, 5:54:32 PM PST
Andrea Gilats says:
I don't know you can call music a good or bad value for the money. Music is life. In comparison to music, money is pretty unimportant except for the fact that we need it buy the music. I can't believe how amazing the Eagles' first album in 28 years is. I feel that time is not standing still, exactly, but has become round instead of a long, hard narrative. I can't believe that they are as good today, if not better, than they ever were at their best.
Posted on Nov 30, 2007, 11:25:23 AM PST
T. Barger says:
In reply to an earlier post on Nov 30, 2007, 3:36:14 PM PST
Richard Thompson says:
"Leave My Personal Opinions Out of It"? Are you kidding. Music is Very Personal to ME and most music fans. What do you think a Music Review is? It's somebody's personal opinion of the album. Their "take on it" so to speak. I'm not trying to be some kind of Professional Music Reviewer that can spit out some short, concise description for people to digest in 20 second's. This isn't the Want Ads where you're limited to 3 lines!
Posted on Dec 4, 2007, 8:22:26 PM PST
Ronnie W. Aldridge says:
Posted on Sep 29, 2008, 12:14:31 PM PDT
Philip S. Wolf says:
T. Barger & Ronnie Aldridge, have posted these exact same comments on other reviews. It leads one to believe that they don't own this product, and have never listened to it's contents, and only appear here to bash the band and their music.
Anyone think, that these comments have hurt sales of: "Long Road Out Of Eden" ???
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