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The Pretender was another step in Jackson Browne’s transition from singer/songwriter to rocker. From the opening lines of “The Fuse”—his observation on the movement of time and the limits of life itself—on out, it’s clear that his wife’s suicide haunts this record. Browne worries for his son (“The Only Child") and wonders how he himself will soldier forth (“The Pretender”). In the end, his poetic lines beautify the truth, while the full band gives him a hopeful edge. The Pretender is a world of consequence—a heavy but deeply rewarding listen.

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Could be his best album ever!

Can't agree with the reviewer at all. I've owned this Jackson Browne album for over 30 years and rarely go a week without playing a track or two. Here Come Those Tears Again and The Pretender are absolute classic songs, beautiful arrangements and heartbreaking vocals. Jackson sings " I'm gonna be a happy idiot and struggle for the legal tender" and "I'm gonna put my dark glasses on, and we'll make love until our strength is gone"

Ignore the reviewer and give it a listen.


Born: 09 October 1948 in Heidelberg, Germany

Genre: Rock

Years Active: '60s, '70s, '80s, '90s, '00s, '10s

In many ways, Jackson Browne was the quintessential sensitive California singer/songwriter of the early '70s. Only Joni Mitchell and James Taylor ranked alongside him in terms of influence, but neither artist tapped into the post-'60s Zeitgeist like Browne. While the majority of his classic '70s work was unflinchingly personal, it nevertheless provided a touchstone for a generation of maturing baby boomers coming to terms with adulthood. Not only did his introspective, literate lyrics strike a nerve,...
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