Monday, August 27, 2007

354. Eagles - Hotel California (1976)

Track Listing

1. Hotel California
2. New Kid In Town
3. Life In The Fast Lane
4. Wasted Time
5. Wasted Time (reprise)
6. Victim Of Love
7. Pretty Maids All In A Row
8. Try And Love Again
9. Last Resort


Ok there are some good things that can be said of this album, it is produced to perfection, some of the songs are supremely catchy, he reprise of Wasted Life is actually quite pretty. And then there are so many bad things you can say about it.

The album is lowest common denominator crap coming out of one of the best music scenes ever to grace our planet. The whole West Coast folk revival thing with Joni Mitchell, all of Crosby, Stills, Nash and Young and respective projects are pretty great, they were however distilled into absolute twaddle in the Eagles.

You can turn to me and say "Why did they sell so much then", and I can give you the list of the 20 most bought albums and show you how they are mostly shit. There is no challenge to this music, there is not intellect, there is not much other than good production and people who can play their instruments in a quite competent way. It feels tacky, it sounds tacky but a not a good kind. Heck I'd rather listen to the openly tacky Boston than this. The Eagles are one of the most overrated bands of all time, period. It is the murder of the West Coast music scene covered in a thin veil of being its culmination. It's a bit like saying that 9/11 was the culmination of the Twin Towers. 1976 is in desperate need of Punk.

Track Highlights

1. Wasted Life (Reprise)
2. New Kid In Town
3. Hotel California
4. Life In The Fast Lane

Final Grade



From Wikipedia:

"Hotel California Effect" is sometimes used in reference to any inescapable place, inspired by the lyrics "you can check out any time you like, but you can never leave." For instance, in mathematics of Random walks, a perfect sink node can be called Hotel California. In finance, barriers to de-listing from a stock exchange make a listing "Hotel California"

I can never escape having listened to this.

New Kid In Town:


Anonymous said...

Amen to that. Can I add Supertramp to the list of bands that needed a good punk up them?

Francisco Silva said...

Most surely!