Analog Man – Joe Walsh
It has been 20 long years since Joe Walsh has released a solo album; the last one being Songs for a Dying Planet way back in 1992. His new album Analog Man is fresh out of the studio and has some hot new songs that caught my eye, especially for a solo album.
As most of us know, Joe Walsh was/is the lead guitar player for the highly successful classic rock back The Eagles. After years of producing top notch music and traveling the world touring and meeting millions of fans, Joe Walsh is well seasoned in making music that has a notable edge and eliteness to it.
His new album Analog Man is no exception to this life long impressive catalog of music he has been a part of making. Analog Man brings that gritty signature Joe Walsh voice and guitar style and merges them together with a little hint of The Eagles’ recognizable and legendary tone minus the rest of the band of course. After all, Joe Walsh is an integral part of The Eagles’ and the absence of that feel would just be awkward when listening to Analog Man.
Even without The Eagles a lot of music gurus can identify Joe Walsh and his genuine lyrics and signature guitar style in almost any style of music. When listening to this album all I could see were Walsh’s hilarious faces and childish energy his still holds onto after the amazing amount of time he’s been around.
Throughout Analog Man you’ll defiantly have a Walsh experience, an experience that for the passed 2o years you could only find on stage with The Eagles when he sang a song or two during their concerts. Songs like “Analog Man” touch on how Walsh is still back in the day without the complications of modern technology, really showing he just needs a guitar and his mind to come up with some genuinely timeless music.
Although 20 years has passed since his last solo release, Walsh hasn’t aged one bit. New songs like “Wrecking Ball” have considerable grind to them with that touch of Walsh guitar style and unmatched voice. His lyrics are simple, understandable, and he sings every song like he’s experienced the ideas behind them himself.
“India” takes a step away from the “analog” feel of the album and has a cool electronic intro with Walsh soloing behind it. His skill shines in this one; no singing and all Joe Walsh style jamming.
With a release like this, maybe we’ll be seeing more of Joe Walsh on his own. He seems to be doing just fine and Analog Man really proves that. And what’s a new CD without a tour? Joe Walsh is headed out on tour pretty soon to show us what he’s got throughout the summer.
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Analog Man – Joe Walsh 4/5 stars Favorite Track: Wrecking Ball
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