Jackson Browne is a singer-songwriter in the pop genre. He started writing and singing music approximately 1973 and is still active.
His specialties include epic ballads, Silly Love Songs
, Anti Love Songs
that were mistaken for Silly Love Songs, protest songs and syncopation.
His first hit single — at least the first one the classic rock stations are likely to play — is "Doctor My Eyes." "Take It Easy" was written and recorded by him with the help of The Eagles
' Glen Frey, and recorded by them with his permission, but his version was Covered Up
His Magnum Opus
may be 1976's The Pretender
, which contains "Here Come Those Tears Again", "Linda Paloma" and the title track. Rock critics have tended to shower the most praise on 1974's Late for the Sky
, which contains classics like "For a Dancer", "Before the Deluge", "Fountain of Sorrow", and the title track. Others may like Jackson Browne
(1972, notable tracks: "Jamaica Say You Will", "Song for Adam", "Doctor My Eyes", "Rock Me on the Water") or For Everyman
(1973, notable tracks: "Take It Easy
", "These Days
", "For Everyman") the best.Lawyers in Love
came in 1983. It is another classic, containing the title song. Lives in the Balance
followed three years later with the track "In the Shape of a Heart."
His career suffered in the late 1980s and early 1990s, partly because the musical climate was changing, partly because of allegations of domestic abuse. An investigation cleared him, but the allegations hurt his rep. He still has a fanbase out there, though.
- Age Progression Song: "Running on Empty": 1965, 1969, present.
- American Dream: "The Pretender" is about the second variety of this
- Anti-Love Song: Quite a few.
- Christmas Songs: "The Rebel Jesus"
- Concept Album: "Running on Empty", about life as a musician on tour. Included a few live songs and one recorded literally on the road — you can hear the engine of his tour bus under the song, and the drum kit was packed away so the bass drum you hear is actually a cardboard box.
- A Date with Rosie Palms: The aptly-named "Rosie".
- Darker and Edgier: "Lives In the Balance" featured a number of quite cynical political numbers, including the title track and "For America".
- Epic Rocking: "Hold On Hold Out" most prominently.
- Grief Song: "Song For Adam", "For A Dancer", "Of Missing Persons", "In the Shape of a Heart". The Pretender, written and recorded in the wake of his first wife's death, probably qualifies as a grief album.
- Rock Star Song: Running on Empty was basically a "rock star album," but the last two songs, "The Load-out" and "Stay," which are meant be played as one song, most exemplify the main point of the album, which is that underneath all the fame, traveling, and Sex, Drugs and Rock & Roll, what the rock star really lives for is playing on stange in front of a loving audience.
- Unrequited Love: "Somebody's Baby".