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Album Review

Although many bands feel pressure to record the follow-up to a successful debut, Bruce Hornsby is a seasoned musician who is comfortable in his own skin. For the most part, he and his band stick to the same formula that brought them success with The Way It Is. In other words, Scenes From the Southside is another strong set of piano-based pop with catchy melodies. While the other musicians are able, they just fill out the sound — this is Hornsby's gig. One of his greatest strengths is that, despite being an accomplished musician, he never shows off his chops at the expense of the song. The lyrics offer a slice of Americana; co-written with his brother, John Hornsby, the songs conjure up feelings of national pride ("Defenders of the Flag") as well as small-town nostalgia ("The Road Not Taken"). However the highlights of the album are the minor hits "Look out Any Window" and "The Valley Road," with their sprawling, grandiose arrangements that rank among his finest work. While not quite as consistent as their debut, Scenes From the Southside is one of Hornsby's best efforts and a must-own for fans.

Customer Reviews

Brilliant from start to end

Following their show on a snowy frozen night in 1989, Bruce invited me onto his tour bus to warm myself up. He is one of the most charming, polite men I`ve ever met, along with The Range, who were equally polite. That said, this album was an amazing follow-up to The Way It Is. All of these songs pour from his soul and heart, something missing from today`s music. A brilliant album.

Soulful and Optimistic

Unexpectedly so. Despite the reviews that suggest an album examining America's shortcomings, it is the happier and less critically acclaimed tracks that make this collection shine. The Road Not Taken is one of Hornsby's best ever and The Show Must Go On is equally enjoyable and uplifting. While not quite as commercially viable as its predecessor, Scenes From The Southside is a solid album from the first track to the last. Definitely worth the ten dollars...


Bruce is such a kind, down to earth guy. Great singer, composer, and band member. He has had his own band, a solo career, helped the grateful dead tour when they lost Brent Mydland, and made great albums. This is the first full album by Bruce Hornsby that i really stopped and listened too. My dad had it on cassette and we listened to it in the car on a roadtrip. it hit me. This is music. I have never written a review, and i felt compelled to write this one. I ended up buying the physical cd, and have been more hooked on Bruce than I have ever been. i hope he keeps doing what he does for as long as he can!


Genre: Rock

Possessed of a breezy, nonchalant style that belies his technical gifts, pianist Bruce Hornsby writes powerful songs from the heart that touch on several distinctly American traditions: pop, jazz, bluegrass, and '60s soul. He worked for a while as a studio player and songwriter, and had his first hit in 1986 with the stirring and philosophical "The Way It Is." Since then he has continued to release albums that honor his own muse rather than the marketplace, and has put together various backing bands...
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