Jackson Browne

Jackson Browne

Also known as Saturate Before Using, Jackson Browne is a cornerstone of the Southern California singer/songwriter scene of the early ‘70s. Browne had lurked for years, writing songs covered by Nico and Tom Rush, before recording this classic album of enduring tunes. “Jamaica Say You Will” is virtually indestructible, a sweet lullaby to a young dreamer finding his way in the world. “Song for Adam” recounts the shocking death of a young friend whom Browne had met while traveling. The brilliance in Browne’s lyrics is matched by an economy of melody that’s focused and stirring. “Doctor My Eyes” and “Rock Me on the Water” are the rockers here, and they do so with soothing taste, a perfect bridge between ‘60s folk singers and ‘70s soft rockers. These songs have a loneliness that’s evoked by Browne’s sincerity and his honesty in describing what he’s seen. Few songwriters are capable of unflinching portraits like “A Child in These Hills,” “From Silver Lake,” “Something Fine,” and “Looking Into You.” Essential.

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