I just did a quick run through of the Eagles’ new album, Long Road Out of Eden. Their first studio album in nearly three decades, it doesn’t disappoint. If you are an Eagles fan and you didn’t purchase it today, shame on you.
Long Road Out of Eden features all four original members, Glenn Frey, Don Henley, Joe Walsh and Timothy B. Schmit and they weave rock, country, folk, and vintage Eagles harmonies into all 20 tracks.
Lyrically, Long Road covers everything from love, life and politics, to the biting cynicsm of wondering if people have a “Frail Grasp on the Big Picture,” which questions if we in America understand God at all.
The title track, “Long Road Out of Eden,” starts out with a melancholy Middle Eastern sound, then flows into a searing assessment of Americans “bloated with entitlement.” The longing for meaning in this song flows out of Henley’s gritty voice.
Unlike some, I’m not afraid of someone’s honest assessment of Christianity – even if some of the stained glass gets broken. What I’ve always appreciated about groups like the Eagles is, even if I disagree with them, they make me think and wrestle with subjects and notions many take for granted.
Once you put the lyrics aside, the music is a ride one must take regardless. I’ve savored every note and chord progression so far.
You know, I think I was working on an outline for my book. I should get back to it. I know this CD, however, will be playing many nights as I write.
Long Road to Eden is available exclusively at Wal-Mart for $11.88.