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  • Summary: The fifth solo release for the Eagles drummer features guest appearances from Vince Gill, Merle Haggard, Mick Jagger, Jamey Johnson, Alison Krauss, Miranda Lambert, Martina McBride, and Dolly Parton.
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  • Record Label: Capitol
  • Genre(s): Country, Adult Contemporary, Pop/Rock, Contemporary Singer/Songwriter, Contemporary Pop/Rock, Album Rock, Soft Rock
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Take a Picture of This
A long long time ago when we were young and pretty, we ruled the world, we stopped the time, we knew it all, we owned this city Running with the... See the rest of the song lyrics
Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 7 out of 10
  2. Negative: 0 out of 10
  1. Mojo
    Oct 27, 2015
    80
    Henley's discourses on ageing and feeling adrift in the modern world are poignant, and, on A Younger Man, painfully well observed. [Dec 2015, p.93]
  2. Sep 23, 2015
    80
    A record that's not only easier to enjoy than most of his solo records, but also stronger song for song than many of the early Eagles albums.
  3. Sep 28, 2015
    80
    While the contributors are many, Cass County is a Henley vision down to its bones.
  4. Uncut
    Sep 25, 2015
    70
    One of the missed opportunities of Cass Country is that it isn't especially revelatory about Henley, as a man in late-middle-age taking stock of his life. As a country album, it is perhaps a little too neat, a little too polished. [Nov 2015, p.68]
  5. 70
    The cover of Tift Merritt’s Bramble Rose is affecting too, a stately country shuffle that finds Henley trading verses with Lambert over pedal steel and mandolin, while Jagger blows harmonica and sings like a cat pleading to be let in from the rain. At other times, the album is less successful, particularly when it falls back on weepy honky-tonk tropes.
  6. Sep 24, 2015
    60
    The most interesting aspect of this uneven album is Henley’s lyrics: he’s by turns peppery (“Space-age machinery / Stone-age emotions,” sniffs the honky-tonk swingalong No, Thank You) and unsentimental (“Time can be unkind / But I know every wrinkle and earned every line”)--and enjoyably so.
  7. Oct 2, 2015
    50
    At the album’s best, Henley conjures up the push-pull between restlessness and contentment in a way that jibes well with the musical interest in the traditions of the genre. At its worst, the album makes me want to throw it out the window, either for the cliches or more often the way the persona of the album comes from a lecturing place of “wisdom”; an I’ve-lived, so I know attitude.

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  1. Nov 25, 2017
    8
    A good, solid album with Henley returning to his roots. The album is filled with beautiful, soothing melodies and harmonies. 'Cass County' isA good, solid album with Henley returning to his roots. The album is filled with beautiful, soothing melodies and harmonies. 'Cass County' is far from flawless, though, with a few of clichés and songs that make you want to listen to anything else but this album.
    'Cass County' has got some beautiful duets and it combines country, blues, americana and rock perfectly, which makes this album great to listen to.
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  2. Dec 14, 2015
    5
    I'm just going to saw that this album was not for me. I really didn't find any enjoyment in it outside a couple songs. Take a Picture of ThisI'm just going to saw that this album was not for me. I really didn't find any enjoyment in it outside a couple songs. Take a Picture of This was certainly a great song but old time country is just not my cup of tea. Even if it is Don Henley singing it. I have no doubts in my mind that some people will find lots of joy in Cass Country but to me it was a boring listen. Expand