Release Date: Oct 30, 2007
Record label: Polydor
A funny thing happened after the Eagles broke up in 1980: People started to miss them. A lot. Such was the intensity of the cosmic Eagles hunger that the band’s 1971-75 hits collection has become the best-selling U.S. album ever — an achievement that made the new-country rockers’ reunion in ’94 almost inevitable.
Review Summary: Welcome to the 1970s.This week, I recieved a parcel from Amazon, which had an advert for the new Eagles album emblazoned across the cardboard packaging. Okay, so it's advertising; you ignore it and move on. And yet, thanks to a topic that's been playing on my mind recently, this struck as particularly remarkable for two reasons. The first is that it's odd to find a new album by a band as established, as ingrained into the American consciousness as The Eagles being promoted at all, especially in a medium that's going to reach millions of people who have no interest in the music of The Eagles.The second is that the slogan was 'Remember when music used to sound this good?'.
Fitting that the Eagles' first studio gathering since 1979's The Long Run should be a Wal-Mart exclusive, since the entire 2-CD affair is a generic sprawl aimed for the largest (read: lowest) common denominator. Following the tepid harmonies of opener "No More Walks in the Wood," disc one commences by literally excavating the 1970s on J.D. Souther's "How Long." Familiar with "Take It Easy" appeal, the single, like nearly every song, calculates an endless recall of earlier hits, contemporizing neither sound nor sentiment, and polished to innocuousness.