8 Songs, 38 Minutes

EDITORS’ NOTES

During the ‘80s, Jackson Browne’s political conscience played a bigger role in his songwriting. Distressed by the economic shifts he saw occurring around him and the jingoism that left true patriots behind, Browne wrote his own anthems. On the beckoning opening cut, “For America,” his rock ‘n’ roll takes on a patriotic gait as it pines for a better world. Browne doesn’t mince words. “Soldier of Plenty” stretches his lyrical reach beyond the intensely personal songs he made his name with in the ‘70s. “In the Shape of a Heart” evokes the romantic Browne of old with a few telling images, but the title track makes it clear that Browne the citizen is taking a stand against war profiteering and the ruling class. Best are songs like “Candy,” “Lawless Avenues,” and “Black and White,” where Browne addresses a world that’s growing colder and testing people’s resolve to remain true to their core beliefs. The sounds are as electric as ever, reaching toward the fringes of hard rock, yet Browne’s sense of melody ensures that the songs keep their pop currency.

EDITORS’ NOTES

During the ‘80s, Jackson Browne’s political conscience played a bigger role in his songwriting. Distressed by the economic shifts he saw occurring around him and the jingoism that left true patriots behind, Browne wrote his own anthems. On the beckoning opening cut, “For America,” his rock ‘n’ roll takes on a patriotic gait as it pines for a better world. Browne doesn’t mince words. “Soldier of Plenty” stretches his lyrical reach beyond the intensely personal songs he made his name with in the ‘70s. “In the Shape of a Heart” evokes the romantic Browne of old with a few telling images, but the title track makes it clear that Browne the citizen is taking a stand against war profiteering and the ruling class. Best are songs like “Candy,” “Lawless Avenues,” and “Black and White,” where Browne addresses a world that’s growing colder and testing people’s resolve to remain true to their core beliefs. The sounds are as electric as ever, reaching toward the fringes of hard rock, yet Browne’s sense of melody ensures that the songs keep their pop currency.

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Ratings and Reviews

4.6 out of 5
26 Ratings

26 Ratings

babalooba ,

Lives in the Balance

JB played the San Antonio Municipal Auditorium in May of 86. All that year Ollie North and Iran-Contra dominated the news. These album cuts summed up how I felt.....and when he sang "Ah boy/this world is not your toy" on Soldier of Plenty...it spurred me into action. I joined the Peace Corps. This was perhaps the best concert I ever attended. He was musically and lyrically at his finest! And prophetic as well.....look what Bush and the rest of the future criminals in that administration have done to our country. Thank you Jackson Browne.

cafinated daddyo ,

Lives in the Balance

His most heart felt and provocative work. not afraid to speak up about the criminal behavior of the Reagan-Bush era.

jmbredeck ,

No To Power: a lesson

If you enjoy saying (or hearing "no" spoken) to power: This is your next purchase

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