10 Songs, 41 Minutes

EDITORS’ NOTES

Running on Empty is the album that transformed Jackson Browne from a critically lauded singer/songwriter to a top-tier, stadium-packing rock star. Its opening title track is a quintessential ’70s anthem, one that nails the peculiar mix of backstage decadence and existential fatigue that pervaded the post-Woodstock rock scene. Between that and the sweetly sad horns that close out “Stay”, Browne drifts wearily through a thick haze of hard drugs (“Cocaine”), lonely groupies (“Rosie”) and tattered relationships (“Love Needs a Heart”).

EDITORS’ NOTES

Running on Empty is the album that transformed Jackson Browne from a critically lauded singer/songwriter to a top-tier, stadium-packing rock star. Its opening title track is a quintessential ’70s anthem, one that nails the peculiar mix of backstage decadence and existential fatigue that pervaded the post-Woodstock rock scene. Between that and the sweetly sad horns that close out “Stay”, Browne drifts wearily through a thick haze of hard drugs (“Cocaine”), lonely groupies (“Rosie”) and tattered relationships (“Love Needs a Heart”).

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