DIARY - 5 FEBRUARY 2006 - JACKSON BROWNE CD REVIEW
SOLO ACOUSTIC VOL 1 (INSIDE-SHOCK).
when soulful survivor Jackson Browne made one of many Sydney visits
to visit ex-wife Lynne Sweeney and younger son Ryan he marched in
So it's no surprise he revisits the topic showcased on his debut Australian
tour in the seventies on this live disc - his first since Running
On Empty in 1977.
But Browne, who worked the winery wonderlands on his 2004 tour, doesn't
lay it on too thick.
This is an artist who has worn heart and soul on sleeve since he was
in the Illegitimate Jug Band in 1996 with latter day Nitty Gritty
Dirt Band alumni.
56, injects this gig with anecdotes and homilies that amuse within the
of darker songs.
And, there lie the threads that have helped the artist weave a tapestry
that never frays
on his drama-drenched journey.
He kicks off with The Barricades Of Heaven and introduces These
Days with a study of its embryo.
"I wrote this when I was 16," Browne tells his audience, "although
not precisely in the form.
It was recorded by others including Nico. It was in a movie. I was sitting
in a movie theatre and the guitar music came on and I thought I used to
play like that."
Greg Allman, former wife Cher and the Dirt Band were among those to cover
a song that
shares its title with 143 other songs.
stark contrast to three-decade old The Birds Of St Marks that
debuts on a disc that also features career tunes Fountains Of Sorrow,
For Everyman and The Pretender.
Browne reminds his audience of the relevance of 1986 album title track
Lives In The Balance and Looking East in our troubled
But it's all levity by the time he reaches Take It Easy that
he wrote with and for The Eagles.
"I have discovered this day a Chinese version," Browne confesses.
"I like the Cantonese version but also the translation of the
Spanish 'looking for a lover who is not religious, not dangerous and
will eat me like a lobster with pincers."
Browne has a sense of humour nestled beneath his oft broken heart on a
disc that validates his career longevity. - DAVID DAWSON
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