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Editors’ Notes

Browne started the ‘80s hoping to capitalize on Running on Empty’s success. He succeeded with Hold Out, his only album to reach No. 1 on the Billboard chart. This was due partly to the FM radio presence of “Boulevard” and partly to the album being his most polished and electrified to date. Keyboardist Craig Doerge adds synthesizers to his arsenal of Fender Rhodes, pianos, and organs, while David Lindley fires up the lap steel guitar and violin for perfect accompaniment. “Disco Apocalypse” lets Browne step out into a near-dance groove, while “Hold Out,” “That Girl Could Sing,” and especially the eight-minute “Hold On Hold Out” combine the love and ambivalence and eventual surrender of the human heart with the most joyous sounds of Browne’s career. “Of Missing Persons” remembers his friend Lowell George of Little Feat. Browne sings heartbreakingly to the daughter George left behind, Inara George, who’s now a performer herself.

Customer Reviews

High

I can't even remember how much weed I smoked listening to this album back in the 80's! If you like JB, get it.

Decent but not a highlight

This would be a decent album for the typicla early 80s pop star but not for a great singer-songwriter like Jackson Browne. His most contemporary album at the time, it predictably has become the one of his most dated. His first song literally has disco influences. There are some good songs in the more "traditional" JB mode, although the lyrics aren't as ambitious as his previous work. Not the worst album to add to the collection, but it's far from his best effort. Newcomers should look elsewhere before considering this.

Browne Brings Out His Best!

This album is a great start at the beginning of the 80's pop decade. Jackson certainly puts his heart and soul into every song on this album. The standout tracks include "Boulevard", "That Girl Could Sing", and "Call It A Loan." This album is a must for all JB fans and it's great to own this album once again.

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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