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Jackson Browne - Pretender RIAA Certified Multi-Platinum! Click here to see this CD at!

By Sam Sutherland

A songwriting prodigy since his teens, Jackson Browne had already reached a zenith in confessional writing with 1974's Late for the Sky, a song cycle of his guitar and piano based anthems, reveries, and rockers, distilling themes of disillusionment, apocalypse, friendship, and fragile romances. Teaming with Bruce Springsteen's producer, Jon Landau, Browne himself clearly sought to up the ante with more epic settings, while Landau worked on pumping up the star's vocal attack. But personal tragedy, in the suicide of his partner and mother of his young son, cast an unplanned shadow across these songs, giving The Pretender a darker, heartbroken edge and an authentic, scarred toughness. Fatherhood, mortality, and resignation inform brilliant songs like "Your Bright Baby Blues" (featuring Lowell George's plangent slide guitar and vocal counterpoint), "Here Come Those Tears Again" (with Bonnie Raitt), and the prayerful, desolate "Sleep's Dark and Silent Gate," but it's the title tune that remains the haunting highlight.

1. The Fuse5. The Only Child
2. Your Bright Baby Blues6. Daddy's Tune
3. Linda Paloma7. Sleep's Dark And Silent Gate
4. Here Come Those Tears Again8. The Pretender


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"This album continues to inspire me with each listen. The production and arangements are organic and rely on tasteful, elegant performances rather than bombast and studio gimmickry. The subject matter of these songs displays Browne as a mature human being. This album and Late for the Sky should be required listening for all up and coming rock artists!"

--David Lebental

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Artist: Jackson Browne

Released: November 10, 1976

Availability: CD, Vinyl

Awards:  Platinum (2)

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