Eagles - Long Road Out of Eden
(5 reader votes, average 3.60 out of 5)

by Ben Perry

Eagles - Long Road Out of Eden review

Band Name: The Eagles
Album Name: Long Road Out of Eden
Release Date: October 30, 2007

Band on Record:

Glenn Frey: Lead guitars, 12-string guitar, keyboard, piano, vocals.
Don Henley: Drums, percussion, guitar, keyboards, vocals.
Timothy B. Schmit: Bass, guitar, vocals.
Joe Walsh: Lead guitars, keyboards, organ, 12-string and slide guitars, vocals.

Additional Musicians:

Bill Armstrong: Trumpet
Lenny Castro: Percussion
Luis Conte: Percussion, drums, keyboards, guitar.
Scott Crago: Drums, percussion
Richard F.W. Davis: Keyboards, programming
Al Garth: Alto saxophone, violin
Will Hollis: Keyboards, piano
Greg Leisz: Pedal steel guitar
Chris Mostert: Tenor saxophone, alto saxophone
Greg Smith: Baritone Saxophone
Steuart Smith: Guitar, keyboards, mandolin
Michael Thompson: Keyboards, accordion, trombone.


DISC 1:

Track 1: “No More Walks in the Wood”
Sung a cappella, this is an interesting track with some guitar played sporadically throughout. It has a unique sound, and that is what makes it good. The lyrics to this song are based on the poem “An Old-Fashioned Song” by John Hollander.
Song Rating: 8 out of 10


Track 2: “How Long”
This is a cover of the J.D. Souther song, if anyone remembers his work with The Eagles in co-writing such songs as “Heartbreak Tonight.” This is a happy little number, with some great singing by the entire band, even having multiple members taking lead vocals. The chorus is good and catchy too, this is the Eagles as we all know and love them.
Song Rating: 9.5 out of 10


Track 3: “Busy Being Fabulous”
Don Henley does a great job on vocals here, especially during the chorus. Accompanying the vocals come some great guitar and drums that drive the song along in perfect manner to further drive home the melody and feel of the rhythm.
Song Rating: 9 out of 10


Track 4: “What Do I Do With My Heart”
The classic Eagles ballad, Glenn Frey does a good job on vocals and the chorus has a special feeling to it. The music is kind of sparse, but that seems to work with the song overall.
Song Rating: 8 out of 10


Track 5: “Guilty of the Crime”
Classic feelings abound on here with some honky-tonk piano, organ wailing, as well as plain old-fashioned rock and roll guitar playing. Another feel-good song as the Eagles are so great at putting them together.
Song Rating: 9 out of 10


Track 6: “I Don’t Want to Hear Anymore”
Written by Paul Carrack (who’s not even mentioned as playing on the album), this has to be one of my favorite songs from this album. The drumming is perfect with a strong presence in the background to go with the smooth vocals. The guitars sit back and provide a soft overlaying feel that contradicts the drums, but in a perfect relationship that allows the bass guitar to play through everything as a driving force.
Song Rating: 9.5 out of 10


Track 7: “Waiting in the Weeds”
This song has never grabbed me all that much; it’s got some decent vocals on it as well as guitar playing. The chorus is where the luster seems to be lost, but mostly it’s the lack of changing within the song that probably causes me to lose interest.
Song Rating: 7 out of 10


Track 8: “No More Cloudy Days”
The music fits the title perfectly, as this song is perfect for a bright, sunny day in which you are sitting outside with someone special. Glenn Frey has always been great at the love songs, and this is no exception with both uplifting guitar and wonderful vocals.
Song Rating: 8.5 out of 10


Track 9: “Fast Company”
Great bass, pounding drums, smooth and powerful vocals over guitar power chords. The bass is the true shining star of this track, though; it moves everything along and into the groove. One of my favorite vocal tracks on both discs would have to be this song.
Song Rating: 10 out of 10


Track 10: “Do Something”
Mostly a laid-back Eagles track, exceptional points go to the vocals on here especially during the chorus that also picks up the musical tempo as well. Not my favorite, but does have some great qualities about it.
Song Rating: 7 out of 10


Track 11: “You Are Not Alone”
A decent ending to the first disc, another slow rock song with those smooth vocals over the top. It’s not bad, but I always feel there should be more to it.
Song Rating: 8 out of 10


DISC 2:

Track 1: “Long Road Out of Eden”
This is the longest song on either of the discs, but that time does not feel as if it drags out. Building up the tempo both in the music as well as the vocal power keeps things fresh and exciting; the country/rock style here is especially beneficial with some soothing and provoking riffs with melody playing off each other. I love the solo on here, just so crisp and clean that it demands recognition.
Song Rating: 9.5 out of 10


Track 2: “I Dreamed There Was No War”
An instrumental by Glenn Frey that for whatever reason makes me think of Christmas music…It’s a decent guitar number, nothing really special, but peaceful.
Song Rating: 7.5 out of 10


Track 3: “Somebody”
Probably the darkest song on the record, both in the sinister vocals and darker bass riffing countered with the acoustic guitar strumming. One of the best efforts on this record, and this is one that could be in my Top 10 Eagles song. Oh, and it’s not even written by any members of the band :lol:.
Song Rating: 10 out of 10


Track 4: “Frail Grasp on the Big Picture”
This song took a lot of listens in order for me to grow fond of. I’m not sure what converted me, but I know deem it to be a pretty decent track with good vocals (with absolutely hysterical lyrics) and powerful guitars. The chorus feels like it should have more power, but age may have been a reason to keep the music down so the vocals can shine. There is a great solo directly in the middle of this track, not quite crisp, but provocative.
Song Rating: 8.25 out of 10

Track 5: “Last Good Time in Town”
My absolute favorite song on both discs, and a good contender for the top spot of overall Eagles’ songs as there is just a groove in the bass lines that cannot be matched, nor denied in garnering attention. The way the music plays through the vocals always driving things forward and along makes this great, inclusion of jazz trumpets and a smooth guitar solo only strengthen the track :B.
Song Rating: 12 out of 10


Track 6: “I Love to Watch a Woman Dance”
This is a beautiful, slow song that will make your woman feel special when you play it. My girlfriend’s a dancer and I have to say this song fits her perfectly, so it does hold a special place in my heart. The music is skeletal, but the flamenco (I think that’s right anyway) guitar sounds cool and adds a unique feel.
Song Rating: 8 out of 10


Track 7: “Business As Usual”
More of a darker tone on this song than the other cuts if you think along the lines of “Somebody” except this has smooth lyrics that take the bite away. Props to the rhythm section once again for bass lines and drum fills that truly drive everything along and make the song memorable (in addition to the vocals and accompanying guitar melody, of course.)
Song Rating: 9.5 out of 10


Track 8: “Center of the Universe”
The start of the song reminds me a lot of classic Eagles songs, and it does have the making to be a classic song, except for the vocals. They lack a soul, or something like that; although they go with the music being soft and smooth they have no feeling behind them to add depth. It’s a decent song nonetheless.
Song Rating: 7 out of 10


Track 9: “It’s Your World Now”
Sipping strawberry daquiris on the beach and just laying there in the sun, somewhere, maybe Cabo? That’s what this song gives me to think about, and living in New England I’ll take that setting any day. Great vocals, and I especially like the addition of extended trumpets on here. They showed up in the album, but here they actually play for a while by themselves. Sounds good, and props to the band for venturing out to that.
Song Rating: 8 out of 10


Overall Review:
The classic Eagles are BACK! For one album only, unfortunately, but everything that you would want to come with the last Eagles album is here. From soulful songs that use beautiful music to detail love and heartbreak that only this band has been able to do over the last three decades, to political statements about the times everything is delivered through a timeless voice of the past in the smooth vocals of any of these band members. The entire first disc is essentially the Eagles continuing on as if they never stopped back in the day. Infidelity, loss of love, and the idea of that eternal and fleeting eternal love are abound. A few times it is achieved in the lyrics, but the way each guitar note is played out and each rhythm fill snaps you can feel the emotion and sincerity of the music. These guys are master craftsman of pain and heartbreak, and everything on “How Long,” “Busy Being Fabulous,” and “Don’t Want to Hear Anymore” leaks out the emotions that have been so easily evoked in the past. The lyrical content on some of the other songs is a little less about love, and more serious in the notes of politics and the world today. However, if you think about it the parallels of a lover scored and the politics of today go hand in hand. The people feel as if they are betrayed by those who have come into office, the same betrayed feeling of those who get cheated on. What exactly does that band have to say about the current days, though?

The first song on the first disc, “No More Walks in the Wood,” tells of a formerly pastoral scene that has been brought to shambles with the destruction of their Eden. The same idea is brought through on “Long Road Out of Eden,” except the reason for the destruction of paradise is clearly a political reason. American society is depicted as an ld captain “clinging to the reigns” as if for dear life and they are “assuring us these aches inside are only growing pains” when in fact the nation is not in growing pains, but is suffering from a real problem that is the “long road out of Eden.” The American highway is no longer the majestic image of freedom and the open road, instead it is traveling through “the litter and the wreckage and the cultural junk” and instead of being free and happy those who are traveling are “bloated with entitlement, loaded on propaganda…driving dazed and drunk.” The idea of the Iraq war is also brought up as the song begins with a soldier of the American army across the sea, and as the people travel in America they encounter “the ghost of Caesar” and he says to them “‘it’s hard to stop this bingeing, once you get a taste. But the road to empire is a bloody stupid waste” stating that the war and our battles are all going to be a waste, but the will to stop is hard as the consumerism of America shows in the way once we get the taste of something we are unable to let it go.

Additionally, the White House is directly mentioned in “Business As Usual” and the “main jefe talks about our freedom/but this is what he really means…business as usual” showing there is no change in the American way of life that benefits the majority and the President Bush was out of the loop with what mattered. “Frail Grasp on the Big Picture” shows that everyday man has the same problem as “Good ‘ol boys down at the bar…they think they know [politics] all/they don’t know much of nothing” and then comes the criticism for the media, as those who don’t know anything would be unable to learn what is happening from a newspaper as “journalism’s dead and gone.” People are more prone to deal with trivial matters such as “Who left the cap off the freaking toothpaste?/Whose turn to take the garbage out?” than deal with the real issues of the world. While American prays to God for everything, whether it’s pertinent or not, the nation is also fickle and “if there’s money or sex involved” the Lord is forgotten. The Eagles obviously think there is something wrong with the political and cultural system of America, and they are correct in some aspects that there are not enough people who care and pay attention to know what is happening and by knowing be able to do something positive about it.

That being said, although there is an underlying political motive to that album that doesn’t change the good tunes along the Eagles usual line, nor does it overshadow the great musicianship on here. The album is soft, but that’s not a problem, as everyone needs a relaxation album now and again. The last song is truly the epitome of the album as it has been said by members of the band that this really is the final product these guys will put together. By saying, “It’s Your World,” they are passing the torch on. Its just good to see them leave with a strong last record.
Overall Rating: 8.5 out of 10

 

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