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The Pretender

Jackson Browne

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Sensing that the early-‘70s singer/songwriter era was giving way to literate rock ‘n’ roll, Jackson Browne ramped up his backing band. He comes close to mainstream rock with the driving urgency of this album’s opening track, “The Fuse,” and in the sad refrains of “Here Comes Those Tears Again.” The title track was the most cynical he’d ever let himself be, pausing to consider “paint-by-number dreams,” whereas the old Jackson would’ve insisted on soul-shaking transcendence. But his wife’s suicide cast a long shadow on his spirit. The pain found in the songs for his son (“The Only Child” and “Daddy’s Tune”) and the one directed at his loss (“Sleep’s Dark and Silent Gate”) are heartwrenching and impossible to ignore. There’s an ephemeral hope to the faux-Spanish restaurant-band buzz of “Linda Paloma” until one sinks deeper into the lyrics. In the end, it’s Browne’s beautifully scripted lines and his unusual sense of balance in the face of so many overwhelming emotions that make The Pretender a passionate and singular statement.

Customer Reviews

A great album

This album is awesome! It was written in the wake of his first wife's (Phyllis) suicide. It is about loosing at love and how life can be hard. After his first four albums he broke through to the mainstream with The Pretender making room for his hit album Running On Empty one year later. If You have a spare Ten bucks it's totally worth it!! Buy this album!!!

THIS is essential JB circa 76

Whether fleeting love (Linda Paloma) or searching to understand a suicide (Your bright baby blues) or addressing the beginning of the Me generation after the disillusionment of VietNam and Watergate (The Pretender) this album was absolutely his reaction to the times. This was not the popular time for the singer songwriter. Some of these guys, like J.D. Souther and Jackson Browne were happy to live off of the pennies they got when The Eagles (and others) recorded their songs. While harder to appreciate after the 70's were over, there is some beautiful stuff to appreciate here and it is worth it.

the best browne song ive heard

i watched the rock and roll hall of fame concert and jackson did the pretender with csn ive watched it over and over agian thats how good it is.

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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