Long Road Out Of Eden

  • Record Label: Polydor
  • Release Date: Oct 30, 2007
Metascore
60

Mixed or average reviews - based on 16 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 9 out of 16
  2. Negative: 1 out of 16
  1. The album is savvier still, crafted to evoke the spirit and feel of the Eagles' biggest hits.
  2. It's all a testament to the durable Eagles footprint on the pop landscape.
  3. 80
    That band’s ambition is intact is remarkable--that they’ve made an album that captures the zeitgeist is maybe even more so.
  4. Bitter or sweet, the Eagles sidestep self-parody, serving up the rarest of musical blends: freshly brewed nostalgia you'll actually want to savor.
  5. Sprawling, but pristinely produced, animated by righteous indignation and regret, this double album offers everything fans want and detractors scorn.
  6. There is more than nostalgia at work here. Lyrically at least, the cocaine cowboys of yore strive to engage with the modern world’s ills and idiosyncrasies.
  7. It is an auspicious beginning for a double album so strong it's almost irritating that it took so long to release it.
  8. The Eagles' original studio albums were all models of clenched-gleam detail, and Long Road suffers from sprawl.
  9. They could have made most of the album back in 1979.
  10. For better or worse, it's the most predictable album of the year.
  11. 40
    The best songs here are the least ambitious: love laments that coleader Glenn Frey and bassist Timothy B. Schmit both sing the hell out of.
  12. They're proving that they're still commercially relevant, but the calculated, tepid Long Road Out of Eden isn't likely to influence another generation of musicians.
  13. Mojo
    40
    There are some very bad lyrics on this album. [Dec 2007, p.99]
  14. Q Magazine
    40
    Eagles may be victims of a world in which their signature sound has been distilled into oblivion. [Dec 2007, p.110]
  15. Fitting that the Eagles' first studio gathering since 1979's The Long Run should be a Wal-Mart exclusive, since the entire 2-CD affair is a generic sprawl aimed for the largest (read: lowest) common denominator.
  16. Disc one sounds like the band's Desperado years left out in the rain--damp, shrunken and fetid, with songs such as Guilty of the Crime and Fast Company giving out as much spark as a dying novelty lighter.
User Score
6.2

Generally favorable reviews- based on 76 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 30 out of 53
  2. Negative: 14 out of 53
  1. Oct 11, 2010
    7
    The album starts off very strong, with 6 "quality songs" in the first 10 songs. However, disc 2 was terrible. Out of the 9 songs on disc 2,The album starts off very strong, with 6 "quality songs" in the first 10 songs. However, disc 2 was terrible. Out of the 9 songs on disc 2, none of them were a "quality song". In my mind, a quality song is a song that is worth listening to. My rating for this album would be much lower had the first disc not been so good. The songs I recommend listening to are: 2. How Long
    3. Busy Being Fabulous
    5. Guilty of the Crime
    6. I Don't Want to Hear Any More
    9. Fast Company
    10. Do Something
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  2. ClayK
    Sep 21, 2009
    8
    Randy Meisner (Take It To The Limit), Bernie Leadon (Earlybird, Train Leaves Here This Morning) and Don Felder (Hotel California) were also Randy Meisner (Take It To The Limit), Bernie Leadon (Earlybird, Train Leaves Here This Morning) and Don Felder (Hotel California) were also Eagles and I hope someday they will play together again for us. I'll be buying the CD after listening on YouTube, will cruise with it. Full Review »
  3. MartinD.
    Aug 25, 2009
    10
    A fantastic double CD that warrants and rewards frequent playing. As good as anything they did 30+ years ago.