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★★★★☆

“Long Wait Over”

Written on: 14/04/2020 by Henrypg219 (1 review written)

Eagles Long Road Out Of Eden returns after 28 years to two basic staples of previous Eagles' work: fantastic soaring harmonies and multiple lead singers taking their turn. This band proceeds with a Don Felder replacement named Stuart Smith and he does as best as anyone could in filling such impossible shoes as Felder.

The two disc album is both similar and dissimilar; similar in tonal quality (How Long is impeccably produced and played; likewish It's Your World Now with its spanish feel and elegant trumpet, dissimilar in that Disc 1 is preoccupied thematically with failed love while Disc 2 is preoccupied with the hypocrisy of form not matching substance in politics and war.

Gems That Match/Surpass Their Previous Work: Waiting In The Weeds, Long Road Out Of Eden, It's Your World Now, Last Good Time In Town, "Do Something" (original piece of work from Timothy)

Disc 1 does contain a bit of paradox; several tracks in a row, "What Do I Do With My Heart", "I Dont Want To Hear Anymore", ex., contain catchy tunes and great instrumentation but lyrically are repetitious and rather simplistic. Stacked in a row like this one would have no idea that the theme of this album would change on Disc 2 to the title track where Walsh finally arrives with his power chords and sizzling lead solos, and Henley's brilliant voice, turning of a phrase, and astute cultural observations are welcome.

Smith is a wonderful guitarist; yet this album does miss Felder's harder edge and particular unmistakable stylings that surface throughout One Of These Nights through The Long Run.

Frey finally gets an album closer with this band and it is a poignant, personal, and prescient conclusion to his studio work with the Eagles.

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