10 Songs, 47 Minutes

EDITORS’ NOTES

After spending much of the ‘80s writing songs of political consequence, Jackson Browne worked his way back to songs of love and the human soul with 1993’s I’m Alive. The material’s tone is gentler, and so are the performances. “I’m Alive” is a powerful opening number that signals his return to form. Guest performers sprinkled throughout the album add a special musicality, with David Crosby and Don Henley adding their touches to “All Good Things” and Jennifer Warnes, Ryan Browne, and longtime bandmates Valerie Carter and Doug Haywood throwing themselves behind the striking epic “Too Many Angels.” “Everywhere I Go” adds an uplifting reggae groove to a melody that bursts into the sky, while “Sky Blue and Black” sits Browne back behind the piano for the kind of song that wouldn’t be out of place on his classic Late for the Sky. Keyboardist and coproducer Scott Thurston makes his presence felt, while longtime friend and bandmate David Lindley breaks out the bouzouki and oud along with his guitars.

EDITORS’ NOTES

After spending much of the ‘80s writing songs of political consequence, Jackson Browne worked his way back to songs of love and the human soul with 1993’s I’m Alive. The material’s tone is gentler, and so are the performances. “I’m Alive” is a powerful opening number that signals his return to form. Guest performers sprinkled throughout the album add a special musicality, with David Crosby and Don Henley adding their touches to “All Good Things” and Jennifer Warnes, Ryan Browne, and longtime bandmates Valerie Carter and Doug Haywood throwing themselves behind the striking epic “Too Many Angels.” “Everywhere I Go” adds an uplifting reggae groove to a melody that bursts into the sky, while “Sky Blue and Black” sits Browne back behind the piano for the kind of song that wouldn’t be out of place on his classic Late for the Sky. Keyboardist and coproducer Scott Thurston makes his presence felt, while longtime friend and bandmate David Lindley breaks out the bouzouki and oud along with his guitars.

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Ratings and Reviews

4.7 out of 5
32 Ratings

32 Ratings

wave seeker ,

JB up close & personal

I have followed JB's entire career & prefer this CD to all others. I know many may think his early, more popular work were his best but I strongly disagree. Although I really appreciate his songs on other CD's related to current affairs (politics), this CD is more about his personal life. I read JB claimed this CD's theme had nothing to do with his break up with Daryl Hannah but it appears to me the lyrics of these songs tell otherwise. The bottom line is I could & have listened to this CD countless times & it never grows old on me.

fritzdrama ,

Best Break-up Album Ever

It will speak to you earnestly. Reverberates with the sadness of loss, but somehow makes you feel more alive when you're done listening to it.

Mlkb2710 ,

I'm Alive

This is JB at his finest, coming after great sadness & tragedy in his personal life. Each song is a gem, presenting different facets of his (and our) strengths and frailties. I love this album.

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