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Editors’ Notes

While Joe Walsh’s 1985 album The Confessor is not the work of an artist out of ideas, it definitely reflects a man low on energy, and slowly coming undone. While those aren’t the qualities fans look for in a Joe Walsh record — or rock records in general, for that matter — The Confessor is nonetheless a fascinating listen that emits a distinct and often unsettling energy. “I Broke My Leg,” “Slow Dancing” and “15 Years” could accurately be described as ZZ Top on Quaaludes. Unlike contemporaneous songs by that famous group, Walsh’s embrace of drum machines did not result in a revitalized sound, but rather an atmosphere of claustrophobia. This is not necessarily a bad thing — “15 Years” bears a resemblance to the kind of warped blues you might hear in a roadhouse in a David Lynch film. When Walsh gets his blood up for “Good Man Down” the results are much more generic than the slow songs, which have a creepy allure. The album is anchored by its title song, an existential blues that eventually erupts in what is probably the angriest guitar work of Walsh’s career.

Customer Reviews


Not fair to compare this to rocky mountain way, or earliar hits, this album is so overlooked it makes me wana puke, the apple review is garbage you would think they want to intice sales not flush them away, but i guess its honest.Some of joes best guitar work ever is on this album, great tracks include, Problems, The confessor, Rosewood bitters, 15 years, an excellent album very worth the itunes price, Mark My Words....Buy this album

How Can You Say This?

This album is awesome! Definitely deserves 5 STARS

I was 17

When I bought this record, those close to me thought I was high and looking for headphone music. But at that time I was listening to all the early stuff from Zeppelin, Rush and queen so I loved it. I love it even more now.


Born: November 20, 1947 in Wichita, KS

Genre: Rock

Years Active: '60s, '70s, '80s, '90s, '00s, '10s

From his early hits with the James Gang through to his tenure with the Eagles -- as well as a successful solo career -- Joe Walsh remained one of the most colorful characters in rock & roll, lending his distinctively reedy vocals, off-the-wall lyrics, and expansive guitar leads to a series of AOR staples including "Funk #49," "Rocky Mountain Way," and "Life's Been Good." Born November 20, 1947 in Wichita, Kansas, Walsh initially studied the oboe and clarinet, later playing bass in local bands the...
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