Standing In the Breach
From the man who defined singer/songwriting in the '70s comes an album that fulfills the promise of his classic albums Late from the Sky and Running on Empty. Standing in the Breach is a strong, focused album. “The Birds of St. Marks”—a song he’s been finishing since 1967—is brought to perfection. “Yeah Yeah,” “The Long Way Around,” and “Leaving Winslow” feature Browne’s detailed lyricism and first-rate melodies. The cowrite on Woody Guthrie’s “You Know the Night” and translation of Cuban songwriter Carlos Varela’s “Walls and Doors” benefit from Browne’s soothing delivery.