Jackson Browne Lives in the Balance
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- Released: June 5, 2012
- Originally Released: 1986
- Label: Asylum Records
- 1.For America
- 2.Soldier of Plenty
- 3.In the Shape of a Heart
- 5.Lawless Avenues
- 6.Lives in the Balance
- 7.Till I Go Down
- 8.Black and White
Personnel: Jackson Browne (vocals, acoustic guitar, vocoder); Gary Myrick, Steve Lukather, Rick Vito, Danny Kortchmar, Waddy Wachtel, David Lindley, Kevin Dukes (guitar); Jorge Strunz (nylon string guitar); Phil Kenzie (alto saxophone); Jai Winding (piano, organ, synthesizer); Ian McClagen (organ); Bernie Larsen (Clavinet); Bill Payne, Craig Doerge (synthesizer); Jennifer Condos, Bob Glaub, Jorge Calderon, Phil Chen (bass); Ian Wallace, Russ Kunkel, Stan Lynch, Jim Keltner (drums); Hugo Pedroza (charango, tiple); Quique Cruz (zampona); Doug Haywood, Bonnie Raitt, Deborah Dobkin, Mindy Sterling, Kevin McCormick (background vocals).
Recorded at Sunset Sound Factory and The Outpost, Los Angeles, California.
Browne, usually the most introspective of singer-songwriters, looks outward on this album, more or less for the first time. Here, his lyrical evocations of the Reagan-era U.S.A. are less than flattering.
The title song in particular uses a stinging indictment of our then-policy in Latin America as a metaphor for a larger spiritual void, and the dub reggae drenched "Till I Go Down," is a sort of one-man call to revolution. Songs in Browne's more familiar L.A. folk rock mode include the romantic "In the Shape of a Heart," and "Candy," a poignant dysfunctional family love song that boasts one of his best choruses.