Picks and Pans Review: Ordinary Average Guy
Hey, Joe. How about a new shtick? We thought you were amusing years ago with such tongue-in-cheekers as 1978's "Life's Been Good." But it sounds like you're coasting these days. Straight downhill.
Okay, the title track is a fun tribute to Everyday Joe Schmo, even if you had to tack on a line about the consistency of dog feces. Blecch! And the nonsensical "The Gamma Goochee" shows you're at least trying to have a good time. But most of these 45 minutes sound wasted on sophomoric noodlings on your guitar and old pal Joe Vitale's keyboards.
"You Might Need Somebody" is a pleasant ballad that might have popped up on your last studio effort with the Eagles. But pleasant isn't what your fans want, Joe. They want more of those tungsten-steel slide-guitar riffs and less safe, boring AOR dreck.
Remember, Joe: There's nothing wrong with being average, provided sometimes you swing for the fences. (Pyramid/Epic)
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