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Genres: Folk, Pop, Rock, Classic Rock
No Description Available No Track Information Available Media Type: CD Artist: HENLEY,DON Title: INSIDE JOB Street Release Date: 05/23/2000
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Media Type: CD
Title: INSIDE JOB
Street Release Date: 05/23/2000
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Jason Stein | San Diego, CA United States | 05/27/2000
(4 out of 5 stars)
"Let's face it, I'd take Don Henley over most of the trash I'm hearing on the radio these days and seeing on MTV. I've read much of the criticism surrounding this cd. Don Henley's too critical, he's too this, he's too that. Who are the people reviewing his disc? Have they forgotten that Henley has always had a myopic view on life? Even when he was with the Eagles, don't you remember the lyrics to "Life In The Fast Lane"? As for Henley's past solo works, he was just the same with "Dirty Laundry", "Driving With Your Eyes Closed", and "The End Of The Innocence" lyrically, and viewpoint-wise, as he is on his new cd. The fact that Henley sings about the record business, a place where he works, in a less than positive way, takes guts. How many people can stand up to their bosses and say they're not happy with the way things are run? On "Inside Job" I believe Henley's edge is softer. Sure, his insights are pessimistic, but they are awfully close to the truth and that's something few people like to hear. Musically, this cd is probably not as well played as his earlier work, but who said it is Henley's job to outdo a catalog that most artists would be enviable of? Also, Henley is over 50 now, and I don't expect him to make music like he used to. He's also been out of the music scene for 11 years, so if this cd seems shakey, allow some slack. As for using drum machines, I think it's good. I think Henley is getting with the times. His other albums had instrumentation that was popular at that time too, and I didn't hear any complaints about synthesizers. I happen to appreciate Henley for writing about the human condition from an insightful standpoint like Dylan, Springsteen, Waits, Mellencamp and Lennon. Today, there are so few artists that even care to sing and write about the world they live in. Everything's sex and violence (Stanley Kubrick would be proud). With "Inside Job" the trouble isn't Henley's viewpoint, it's the music. It's certainly debatable as to whether Henley has made his best possible effort here, but as it is, it's at least four stars. It's not garbage. Garbage is mostly what you hear on the radio today. Hey, Henley didn't sample someone elses music did he? He's not singing about sex and violence from an immature perspective is he? Maybe some of the reviewers should lighten up?"
Good....But Not Worth The Wait
Jef Fazekas | Newport Beach, California United States | 06/12/2000
(4 out of 5 stars)
"Was this album worth an eleven year wait? No way. Does Henley come across preachy at times on this CD? Hey, it's a Don Henley release....of course he does! What did you expect! But preachiness (and, I'm sorry, there's always that air or self-righteousness in a Henley release) aside, there's an interesting, unique quality to "Inside Job". While it is Henley's least consistent work since "I Can't Stand Still", his 1982 solo debut, it does meld the cynical and the soft in a way that shouldn't work....but, for the most part, does. The three tracks that instantly jump out - sort of like the three Muses - are the back-to-back-to-back "They're Not Here, They're Not Coming", "Damn It, Rose" and "Miss Ghost".Bunched together, they have a mystical past, present and future quality; on their own, each song shines. The next batch that really hits you are Henley's "Family Man" songs: "Taking You Home", "For My Wedding", "Annabel" and "My Thanksgiving". There's a sweetness and delicacy to these songs that you just wouldn't expect from him. I guess he is "very, very happy" after all. Finally, we have "Nobody Else In The World But You", "Everything Is Different Now", "Workin' It" and "Inside Job", a group of good, upbeat songs (but, unfortunately, not an "All She Wants To Do Is Dance" or "Gimme What You Got" amoung them)that help round out the quieter moments of the previous songs. So.....while I'm enjoying "Inside Job" - it's currently in my Top 5 - I find it less than fully satisfying. It also leaves me wondering what Henley's next CD will be like; I just hope we don't have to wait eleven years to find out!"