I'm Alive

I'm Alive

by Jackson Browne
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I'm Alive

Jackson Browne abandoned politics for the war between the sexes on I'm Alive. "I have no problem with this crooked world," he sang; ."..My problem is you." The album detailed the ups and downs of a relationship, starting with the defiant post-breakup title track and then doubling back to describe irritation ("My Problem Is You"), devotion ("Everywhere I Go," "I'll Do Anything"), increasing tension ("Miles Away," "Too Many Angels"), separation ("Take This Rain," "Two of Me, Two of You"), forgiveness ("Sky Blue and Black"), and finally acceptance ("All Good Things"). Longtime fans welcomed the album as a return in style to the days of Late for the Sky, but a closer model might have been Hold Out, a complementary album concerned with the flowering of an affair rather than the withering of one, since Browne eschewed the greater philosophical implications of romance and, falling back on stock imagery (angels, rain), failed to achieve an originality of expression. Just as, in Hold Out, one wasn't so much inspired as informed that Browne had found love, on I'm Alive, one wasn't so much moved as told that he'd lost it. While it was good news that he wasn't tilting at windmills anymore, Browne did not make a full comeback with the album, despite a couple of well-constructed songs.

Product Details

Release Date: 10/26/1993
Label: Elektra / Wea
UPC: 0075596152440
catalogNumber: 61524

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Jackson Browne   Primary Artist,Acoustic Guitar,Piano,Vocals,Background Vocals
Don Henley   Background Vocals
David Lindley   Bouzouki,Guitar,Oud
Jennifer Warnes   Background Vocals
Valerie Carter   Background Vocals
Mike Campbell   Guitar
Sweet Pea Atkinson   Background Vocals
Jim Keltner   Drums
Steven Soles   Background Vocals
Benmont Tench   Hammond Organ
Harry Bowens   Background Vocals
Lenny Castro   Percussion
Luis Conte   Percussion
David Crosby   Background Vocals
Mark Goldenberg   Guitar
William "Bill" Greene   Background Vocals
Doug Haywood   Background Vocals
James "Hutch" Hutchinson   Bass
John Leventhal   Acoustic Guitar
Mauricio-Fritz Lewak   Drums
Kevin McCormick   Bass
Dean Parks   Acoustic Guitar
Scott Thurston   Guitar,Keyboards,Background Vocals
Arnold McCuller   Background Vocals
Waddy Wachtel   Guitar
Ryan Browne   Background Vocals
Katia Cardinal   Background Vocals
Jai Winding   Piano

Technical Credits

Jackson Browne   Producer
Paul Dieter   Engineer
Rik Pekkonen   Engineer
Scott Thurston   Producer
Don Was   Producer
Waddy Wachtel   Producer
Robin Lynch   Art Direction

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I'm Alive 5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 2 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This Album is one of my favorites, and I am a fan since before he even had a record deal. Aside from the shudders I feel when some idiot yells "jackson" at a pivotal moment in concert, "Sky Blue and Black" has become one of my all time favorite songs, bar none. The Album flows amazingly, with the themes of love, loss, and the resulting growth coming from every song. As always there are some songs I could do without, Miles Away being one, not being a fan of Scott Thurston's harmony on that song. On a whole, I would put this in the top 3 pick of his albums.
thankgr8atsongwriters More than 1 year ago
I agree with the review by Guest over 1900 days ago. This is one of my favorite Jackson Browne albums. I wish I could get it on vinyl.