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Lives In the Balance

Jackson Browne

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During the ‘80s, Jackson Browne’s political conscience played a bigger role in his songwriting. Distressed by the economic shifts he saw occurring around him and the jingoism that left true patriots behind, Browne wrote his own anthems. On the beckoning opening cut, “For America,” his rock ‘n’ roll takes on a patriotic gait as it pines for a better world. Browne doesn’t mince words. “Soldier of Plenty” stretches his lyrical reach beyond the intensely personal songs he made his name with in the ‘70s. “In the Shape of a Heart” evokes the romantic Browne of old with a few telling images, but the title track makes it clear that Browne the citizen is taking a stand against war profiteering and the ruling class. Best are songs like “Candy,” “Lawless Avenues,” and “Black and White,” where Browne addresses a world that’s growing colder and testing people’s resolve to remain true to their core beliefs. The sounds are as electric as ever, reaching toward the fringes of hard rock, yet Browne’s sense of melody ensures that the songs keep their pop currency.

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Lives in the Balance

JB played the San Antonio Municipal Auditorium in May of 86. All that year Ollie North and Iran-Contra dominated the news. These album cuts summed up how I felt.....and when he sang "Ah boy/this world is not your toy" on Soldier of Plenty...it spurred me into action. I joined the Peace Corps. This was perhaps the best concert I ever attended. He was musically and lyrically at his finest! And prophetic as well.....look what Bush and the rest of the future criminals in that administration have done to our country. Thank you Jackson Browne.

Lives in the Balance

His most heart felt and provocative work. not afraid to speak up about the criminal behavior of the Reagan-Bush era.

Guess lives really weren't in the balance

Jackson Browne takes on Ronald Reagan -- and loses. Over eight tunes burdened by awkward, politicized lyrics and forgettable melodies, Browne proves he's just another left-wing celebrity nitwit. Guess he liked the high unemployment, high inflation, high interest rates, high gas prices, low growth and Soviet expansionism of the Carter years better. This record wasn't good in 1986, and neither his music nor his political "insights" have aged well. For diehards only.

Biography

Born: October 9, 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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  • $8.82
  • Genres: Pop, Music, Rock, Singer/ Songwriter, Pop/Rock
  • Released: Jan 01, 1970

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