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Grammy Award-winning rock 'n roll legend Joe Walsh returns with his first solo album in two decades! Analog Man is both modern and timelessly soulful., packed with Walsh's beloved wit, charm and chops.
Joe Wlash is one of the most celebrated and influential figures in rock history.
this long awaited release is his first solo album in 20 years.
Produced by Jeff Lynne and Joe Walsh, featuring select songs written by Tommy Lee James and a special guest appearance by Ringo Starr "Lucky That Way".
The 10-track album was produced by Jeff Lynne and Joe Walsh with Tommy Lee James co-writing some of the tracks. "Lucky That Way," one of Walsh's favorites off the album, speaks to the extraordinary life he's lived, even through the hurdles, and features Ringo Starr, his real life brother-in-law, on drums. The song ironically serves as a mature sequel to Walsh's famed "Life's Been Good" and for Walsh, life is just that.
The new album, Analog Man, begins with the album's title track with Joe's familiar style. On it, he sings about the good old analog sound versus the digital sound. But he isn't on a rant. Far from it. But he does state his mind clearly enough. It's good old Joe in great form.
"Welcome to cyberspace/I'm lost in a fog," 64-year-old veteran guitar slinger and part-time Eagle Joe Walsh sings on the amiably cantankerous title track to his first solo record in 20 years. I.T. issues notwithstanding, life's clearly been pretty good to Walsh: He's sober ("One Day at a Time"), loves his family ("Family") and still has good command of his guitar chops (check out "Funk 50," a reinvention of the James Gang's 1970 killer "Funk #49," complete with new, carefree lyrics). And Jeff Lynne's production on several tracks (especially the sweet, stock-taking "Lucky That Way") puts a Tom Petty-ready spin on laid-back California rock and has Walsh sounding less isolated from modern times than he thinks he is.
The International Review of Music
Ah, Joe Walsh. You expect big guitar riffs and he doesn't disappoint. This is a guy who doesn't need to be anything other than a rock 'n roll guitarist so you get authenticity, veracity, even tenacity.
You expect humorous, sometimes ironic lyrics. He doesn't disappoint even if you also get some sentimentality but, hey, who needs consistency let alone obscurity.
It's wonderful to have a new album from Joe Walsh. He's a true musical innovator and that by itself makes him worth hearing. His newest project has some great moments. At its best it succeeds in the same way Walsh's work has always succeeded: sounding like nobody but himself. After all, it's about personality.
All in all, Analog Man is an amicable return to the solo spotlight for Walsh, showing off his dusty skills in a slick, very different sonic arena.
So anachronistic is Joe Walsh that he not only celebrates how he's an "Analog Man in a digital world," he hires Jeff Lynne as his producer for his first solo album in 20 years. And, apart from the odd lyrical reference to an iPod or Walsh's ongoing recovery, Analog Man sounds like it could have come out in 1992 and that's all due to Lynne, a man who makes a record in one particular way: crisp, clean, hook-laden, and sequenced so tightly there's no room to breathe. With no apparently irony, it sounds digital, not analog -- there's nothing greasy, even the James Gang's "Funk #49" has been given an immaculate 21st Century Digital Makeover and is now called "Funk 50" -- but it's been so long since Walsh has worked with a conscientious producer (this may be his first time, actually), he winds up reaping some benefit from such a controlled setting. Analog Man isn't rock & roll, not by a long shot, but rather a gleaming pop album in the vein of Full Moon Fever, a sound that suits Walsh's new sobriety. Perhaps he hits his recovery theme a little too hard -- a criticism that could also be leveled toward his songs about being an old fart -- but he sounds comfortable where he is and Lynne presents him in a shining, flattering light.
Rolling Stone (p.74) - 3 stars out of 5 -- "Jeff Lynne's production on several tracks puts a Tom Petty-ready spin on laid-back California rock and has Walsh sounding less isolated from modern times than he thinks he is."
Billboard (p.72) - "[It shares] common ground with his superb albums from nearly 40 years ago, the ones that balance a ferocious blend of rhythm and lead electric guitar and tender balladry."
Uncut (magazine) (p.85) - "Stand-out track is the Eagles-like 'Lucky That Way' with its pedal steel, minor-key harmonies and a sardonic lyric..."
Photographers: Andrew MacPherson; Ryan Corey.
After 35 years with the Eagles, Joe Walsh's first solo album since 1992 finds him pairing up with producer extraordinaire Jeff Lynne (of Electric Light Orchestra) and Beatles drummer Ringo Starr. The title, Analog Man, pertains to Walsh's difficulties as a 64-year-old trying to catch up to the new standard of digital recording, as well as adjusting to technological advances in society, such as social networking.