“Welcome to cyberspace/I’m lost in a fog,” 64-year-old veteran guitar slinger and part-time Eagle Joe Walsh sings on the amiably cantankerous title track to his first solo record in 20 years. I.T. issues notwithstanding, life’s clearly been pretty good to Walsh: He’s sober (“One Day at a Time”), loves his family (“Family”) and still has good command of his guitar chops (check out “Funk 50,” a reinvention of the James Gang’s 1970 killer “Funk #49,” complete with new, carefree lyrics). And Jeff Lynne’s production on several tracks (especially the sweet, stock-taking “Lucky That Way”) puts a Tom Petty-ready spin on laid-back California rock and has Walsh sounding less isolated from modern times than he thinks he is.
Listen to ‘Analog Man’:
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