Picks and Pans Review: Jackson Browne: Going Home
The channel's laudable music series devotes this installment to Browne, the plangent singer-songwriter. The intimate interview segments are quite good, particularly when Browne's reminiscing about New York in the late '60s spurs him to spontaneously perform "The Birds of St. Marks," a song that he wrote for enigmatic Velvet Underground star Nico but never recorded.
The highlight is the ample selection of concert footage. The most resonant tunes still belong to the earlier era of Browne's career, compositions like "For Everyman" and "Farther On," which is set to a chronological photo collage. (It doesn't include snapshots from Browne's allegedly sometimes abusive relationship with actress Daryl Hannah.) It's interesting to see how delicately the years have etched Browne and his still-boyish face, his limpid Prince Valiant hair and his soulful eyes. Another clever segment seamlessly patches together footage of the singer performing "Doctor My Eyes" over a span of two decades.
The show's small-scale setting is perfect for a personal, unamplified artist like Browne. The only problem with this often delightful reverie is that it lingers on far too long.