It's been more than ten years since Don Henley released his last album, THE END OF THE INNOCENCE. In the intervening decade, he's recorded and toured with his old band the Eagles; he's founded the Walden Woods Project, an ecological conservation in memory of Thoreau; and he's gotten married and had two children. A seasoned vet, Henley isn't content to repeat the same themes and sounds, and the songs on INSIDE JOB reflect his most recent life experiences by hewing to two major themes: accountability for one's actions, and domestic bliss. "Goodbye to a River" is a hymn-like ballad that chastises the captains of industry for polluting our rivers. "Damn It Rose" describes a mother's suicide and the child left behind. But Henley isn't out to bring us down; rather, he implores us to face our problems rather than run away from them. Like many tracks here, "Damn It Rose" boasts a gripping mix of Texas cool and California hipness: Lead guitars with a Southern tone mingle with acoustic strumming and organ, as Henley's raspy vocals lead the way. He keeps that sound current by drawing on Jimmie Vaughan and his buddies from Tom Petty's Heartbreakers -- producer Stan Lynch, guitarist Mike Campbell, and keyboardist Benmont Tench. Henley may be preaching about activism and singing love songs to his family, but he's crafted one of the most meticulously produced, emotionally rich albums of his career.
|Label:||Warner Bros / Wea|
Performance CreditsDon Henley Primary Artist,Musician
Randy Newman Conductor
Valerie Carter Background Vocals
Don Felder Musician
Benmont Tench Musician
Gregg Bissonette Musician
John Corey Musician
Kevin Dorsey Background Vocals
Michael Fisher Musician
Glenn Frey Musician
Bob Glaub Musician
Stevie Gurr Musician
Dorian Holley Background Vocals
Larry Klein Musician
Kipp Lennon Background Vocals
Mark Lennon Background Vocals
Michael Lennon Background Vocals
Pat Lennon Background Vocals
Stan Lynch Musician
Michael Mishaw Background Vocals
Lance Morrison Musician
David Paich Musician
Dean Parks Musician
Darryl Phinnessee Background Vocals
Tim Pierce Musician
Joseph Powell Background Vocals
Steuart Smith Musician
Carmen Twillie Background Vocals
Jimmie Vaughan Musician
Mervyn Warren Background Vocals
Maxine Willard Waters Background Vocals
Luther Waters Background Vocals
Oren Waters Background Vocals
Stevie Wonder Keyboards,Background Vocals,Musician
Monalisa Young Background Vocals
Terry Young Background Vocals
Frank Simes Musician
Timothy Drury Musician
Julia Waters Background Vocals
Jebin Bruni Musician
Jana Anderson Background Vocals
Jai Winding Musician
Stuart Brawley Musician
Technical CreditsDon Henley Producer
Randy Newman String Arrangements
Rob Jacobs Engineer
Stan Lynch Producer
Stuart Brawley Engineer
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
Inside Job based on 0 ratings. 8 reviews.
This is a OUTSTANDING CD ! A must buy has a jazz sound to it! Very much the environmentist Henley makes a statement! This cd was worth the wait!Thanks again,Henley.
Don Henley's son ''For My Wedding'' is the best song ever. It is the sweetest that I have ever heard from him.
If you're like me and appreciate great lyrics you'll love this album. The one constant about Don Henley is he writes what he feels, and agree or disagree he gets his message across with the passion he feels for it. This is an outstanding album. A fabulous mix of slow ballads and up-tempo rockers. A mix of usual Henley cynicism with newfound appreciation for his new wife and childre. His voice can be rough and rock-like, or as smooth as silk on a ballad. Eleven years in the making 'Inside Job' was worth the wait. Here you'll find a somwhat softer, less preachy Don Henley, who throws in wonderful lyrics like: 'I hate to tell you this, but I'm very, very happy/ Now I know thats not what you'd expect from me at all' on Everything is Different Now (A tribute to how his marriage has changed his life), to his more biting sarcasm: 'Will they pile into the space ship/ find Orlando's rat and hug it?/ Go screaming across the universe/ just to buy McNuggets' from They're not here, They're not coming. Its all about variety on this album. If you like the softer, heart-felt ballads you'll like: 'Taking You Home', 'For My Wedding', 'Annabelle', and 'Damnit Rose'. If you like Henley's more foot tapping stuff you'll appreciate 'They're Not Here, They're Not Coming', 'Nobody Else In The World But You', and 'Miss Ghost'. I'm not a fan of 'You Can't Get The Genie Back in The Bottle' nor 'Goodbye to a River'. However 2 bad songs on an Album of 13 isn't bad!! Highly recommended.
Inside Job is an outstanding piece of work! Superb production and keenly executed. Evokes an emotional response from the audience and leaves you wanting more.
5 stars just doesn't begin to describe this CD. Listening to the songs in this CD is like looking into the soul of the man. Superior listening all around, You'll love it, I certainly do.
This is a great album. Not only does Mr. Henley continue with his well known cynicism, he also lets the listener in on his softer side as never before. The songs 'Workin' It' and 'Inside Job' ring oh-so-true, while 'Goodbye To A River' will make the listener stop and consider what is happening in the world today.
Never a big Henley fan, I was attracted to the album because ''This Love'' on the radio grabbed me. Listening to the album at my favorite music outlet, I was simply blown away. Strong rock beat, great guitar work, and the wisdom of a thinking and feeling man who moved past the rocker tendency toward permanent adolescence. From sweet cuts to tough, it's intelligent, wise, and affecting. I listen to it over and over while working or playing on the computer. Worth buying and then some.