Jackson Browne remains one of the '70s' best and most lauded singer-songwriters, but he continues to impress several decades on with The Naked Ride Home, his 13th album and his first in six years. The disc finds Browne backed by his longtime band but making room for special guests Keb' Mo' (a reggae-tinged "For Taking the Trouble") and Marc Cohn (the gospel-touched "Don't You Want to Be There"). Introspection serves as the anchor for most of these songs, whether the subject is keeping a relationship going, as in the Counting Crows-flavored "About My Imagination," or the breathless nature of a first encounter chronicled on the confessional title track. While it's not as overly political as 1986's Lives in the Balance, Browne's latest journey does include a number of topical observations, such as "Casino Nation," which finds him decrying a society where "entertainment shapes the land" and "all those not on TV/only have themselves to blame." Most impressive, however, is "Sergio Leone," Browne's epic tale of a bandit inspired by the father of the spaghetti western that features a chunk of Giuseppe Verdi's La Forza del Destino" (The Force of Destiny). Not one to rest on his laurels, Jackson Browne continues to make artistic strides and to strike an emotional core with this intimate, finely wrought collection.
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Performance CreditsJackson Browne Primary Artist,Acoustic Guitar,Piano,Electric Guitar,fender rhodes
Marc Cohn Vocal Harmony
Luis Conte Percussion
Mark Goldberg Electric Guitar,Hi String
Greg Leisz Acoustic Guitar
Kipp Lennon Vocal Harmony
Mauricio-Fritz Lewak Drums,Cajon
Val McCallum Electric Guitar
Kevin McCormick Bass,Electric Guitar
Kevin Mo Slide Guitar
Jennifer Gross Vocal Harmony
Jeff Scott Young Synthesizer,Piano,Hammond Organ,Wurlitzer,Vocal Harmony
Chavonne Morris Choir, Chorus,Vocal Harmony
Technical CreditsJackson Browne Producer
Paul Dieter Engineer
Kevin McCormick Producer
Fred Martin Choir Arrangement
Dustin Stanton Artwork
Kevin McCormack Producer
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
The Naked Ride Home based on 0 ratings. 5 reviews.
Born too late to be able to boast that I've been a fan since the 70's. Just discovered his music recently but am very touched and love it a lot! Definitely 21st century Jackson. The artist is timeless.
This will never become a real Jackson album in my ears.Im really sad to say(for the first time)that his new album is bad. No real good songs(except "The night inside me" and maybe the titlesong,just laidback jams around a chord or two.And the song are faaaaar to long ,6-7 minutes songs that should have been 3-4,no more. I´ve been a Jackson fan since -78,I got all his records and I really like then all. Throw away the whole band.Let them play this kind of music behind Sting or something Where is D.Lindley? Or at least Scott Thurston
The Naked Ride Home is teasingly close to the Browne that has attracted his listener's for 30 years. Clearly his foray into political admonishment of American society in his Lives in the Balance and World in Motion albums were as disconnected to his loyal fans as he has ever been, The Naked Ride home gives those same fans a lift closer to the man that performed and wrote Foreveryman, Late For the Sky and the Pretender, all lyrical masterpieces. I think Jackson is no longer running from what made him famous and has grown comfortable with his place in life. Rank: 1. The Naked Ride Home 2. Don't you want to be there? 3. For taking the trouble 4. About my imagination 5. My stunning Mystery Companion 6. The night inside me 7. Walking town 8. Sergio Leone 9. Casino Nation
Welcome home, Jackson, it's been awhile since we've heard anything from you..This album is quite a change from your others, yet strangely familiar and comforting at the same time..Your composition and collaboration with Marc Cohn was truly great..Brings to mind another great American singer/songwriter Mr. Springsteen in it's simplicity and pared down arrangement..Indeed, Jackson, welcome home, back to the fans who know and love your work and have for many years.