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  • Summary: The latest full-length release for the singer-songwriter features guest appearances from Leslie Mendelson and Eugene Rodriguez of Los Cenzontles.
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  • Record Label: Inside Recordings
  • Genre(s): Singer/Songwriter, Adult Contemporary, Folk-Rock, Pop/Rock, Contemporary Singer/Songwriter, Contemporary Pop/Rock, Soft Rock
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  1. Positive: 10 out of 12
  2. Negative: 0 out of 12
  1. Mojo
    Jul 22, 2021
    80
    There are some anthemic rockers--the '70s Stones-esque Until Justice Is Real is good, the strident backing vocals not so much--but most of the album's highlights are the midtempo or slower songs. [Sep 2021, p.84]
  2. Jul 22, 2021
    80
    The second half of Downhill From Everywhere reaffirms how Jackson Browne has mastered the art of uniting issues personal and political, then turning the dual meaning(s) universal (albeit not without some difficulty, circa 1986’s Lives in the Balance).
  3. Jul 22, 2021
    80
    Browne stays in his – and our – comfort zone for much of the album while still finding new avenues to explore.
  4. Uncut
    Jul 20, 2021
    70
    While Downhill From Everywhere climaxes with the ham-fisted “Until Justice Is Real”, the 72-year-old singer-songwriter has otherwise managed to thread the needle by embedding his compassion in consummate craftsmanship. [Aug 2021, p.24]
  5. 70
    Downhill from Here is well attuned to that template, flush with troubled tones and unyielding urgency. Whether rocking or reflective, the sound is well served by many of the same session players that have played with him in the past—bassist Bob Glaub, guitarist Val McCallum and pedal steel player Greg Leisz chief among them. Several women share the singing, altering the dynamic but not the intention.
  6. Classic Rock Magazine
    Jul 20, 2021
    70
    Musically, tracks like My Cleveland Heart achieve an effortless quintessence with the swing of a practised elbow. [Aug 2021, p.81]
  7. Jul 20, 2021
    60
    The music is slick and well-crafted – as you might expect, given the abundance of veteran LA sessioneers in the credits – rather than gasp-inducing.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 2 out of 3
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 3
  3. Negative: 1 out of 3
  1. Jul 26, 2021
    10
    If you are a Jackson Browne fan a must have! A songwriting expert on the human condition way beyond Running on Empty! Love the return to theIf you are a Jackson Browne fan a must have! A songwriting expert on the human condition way beyond Running on Empty! Love the return to the electric side in this album with seasoned musicians just like the old David Lindley days. Expand
  2. Aug 21, 2021
    9
    Solid songwriting from a class act. Upbeat yet reflective, Jackson Browne has still got it!
  3. Jul 25, 2021
    3
    First track was pretty good but I did not like the rest except for the 2nd and 3rd ones. Last was also goodish...