Tuesday, February 5, 2013

"Boulevard" by Jackson Browne

Song#:  0244
Date:  07/05/1980
Debut:  72
Peak:  19
Weeks:  16
Genre:  Pop, Soft Rock



Pop Bits:  As part of that SoCal, folk-rock sound that included the Eagles, Joni Mitchell, and Linda Ronstadt, Browne established himself as a solo artist with 1972's self-titled debut album that featured the #6 hit "Doctor My Eyes." With each successive release his popularity gained momentum until he finally reached #1 on the album chart with 1980's "Hold Out." It would not be his best-selling album (that would be 1978's "Running on Empty") and would not feature any major hits, but it would prove to be the high point of his chart career. This song was the first single release from the album.

ReduxReview:  Just like the Eagles, I never really hooked into Jackson Browne. Maybe that is why I never heard this song before, even though it leaked into the Top 20. It's kind of like a weaker Bob Seger song with a tidge of Springsteen tossed in. For me it is just an okay song and nothing that makes me like Browne any more than I already did.

ReduxRating:  5/10

Trivia:  Browne received a Grammy nomination for Best Rock Vocal for this song.

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