Top critical review
27 people found this helpful
Soft rock legends ruin their legacy
on 15 April 2014
I, like most of the civilised world adore the Eagles. Smooth rockin', freeway drivin' classics which capture the redneck heart of the good ol' US of A. Recent reform tours have been a timely reminder of their soaring genius so you can image how ecstatic I was upon finding this new CD in my local supermarket. In hindsight it's obvious to see that whoever was responsible for the artwork was clearly having a laugh at the bands expense - a burnt-out car next to some old doss house. Hardly the gleaming Chevrolet parked outside a Californian hotel that we have come to expect.
What Glen Frey and Don Henley have come up with here defies belief. The idea that singing in some faux English accent over some 2 bob riffs that even Cast (remember them?) would reject is deeply saddening. They are clearly conscious of creating a new audience but have missed their target spectacularly . If it wasn't for their timeless back catalogue they'd would been found dead in the desert on this evidence.
Only on track 'Tough Luck' do they come anywhere close to their previous majesty, although lyrically it leaves a lot to be desired, shouting 'tough luck' over and over and over again is hardly going to endear them to the Ivor Norvello Awards panel.
One more for the road? ...NO THANKS!