11 Songs, 46 Minutes

EDITORS’ NOTES

Don Henley's second solo album is the sound of Los Angeles singer/songwriter pop in the mid-'80s. A meditation on love, loss, and generational angst, it's as much a portrait of its time as the Eagles' Hotel California had been nearly a decade before. The album's breakout singles flaunt Henley's wide-ranging creative vision, from the achingly wistful "The Boys of Summer" through the snarky political commentary and rubbery synths of "All She Wants To Do Is Dance" to the chilling detachment of "Sunset Grill."

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EDITORS’ NOTES

Don Henley's second solo album is the sound of Los Angeles singer/songwriter pop in the mid-'80s. A meditation on love, loss, and generational angst, it's as much a portrait of its time as the Eagles' Hotel California had been nearly a decade before. The album's breakout singles flaunt Henley's wide-ranging creative vision, from the achingly wistful "The Boys of Summer" through the snarky political commentary and rubbery synths of "All She Wants To Do Is Dance" to the chilling detachment of "Sunset Grill."

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Ratings and Reviews

4.7 out of 5
35 Ratings
35 Ratings
Enguardde ,

The Boys of Summer is timeless

Don Henley's Building the Perfect Beast is a compelling, driving album from start to finish. The highlight, "The Boys of Summer", is a song composed with electric guitar and synthesizer that flashes back to the few decades before the song was written and at the same time paints a picture of life during the summers of the mid 1980's, easily defining two generations. The other two tracks that shine are "All She Wants To Do Is Dance" and "Sunset Grill". Most of the songs, especially "The Boys of Summer", have a scenic walking on the boardwalk type of sound and atmosphere. I highly recommend this album to any fan of the soft rock genre or any fan of 1980's music in general due primarily to Building the Perfect Beast being an equally groundbreaking album over 30 years later.

joeimp ,

Warning: superlatives

Everyone has songs that they are passionate about. But I really do believe that Boys of Summer is the perfect song.

FDR in SD ,

My favorite of Don Henley’s solo albums

As many have noted, “Boys of Summer “ is a classic- I remember it so vividly because there was nothing that sounded like it on the radio at the time. The whole album holds up well and there are great musical guests - for example, Lindsay Buckingham on background vocals for “You Can’t Make Love” (a favorite) and Patty Smyth on the evocative “Sunset Grill” and “Land of the Living “. I also remember hearing “Driving With Your Eyes Closed” on rock radio and falling in love with that track too. This is a great album.

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