Picks and Pans Review: The Naked Ride Home
First James Taylor reemerged with a Top 10 album in August. Now Browne, who matched him in singer-songwriter sensitivity in the '70s, dusts off his guitar for his first studio disc since 1996. On The Naked Ride Home Browne, 54, isn't running on empty. He smoothly cruises back to solid if not peak form on easy folk-rockers such as the title tune. Giving songs like "Don't You Want to Be There" a more soulful sound, Browne flirts with blues, jazz, gospel and R&B. Lyrically this is the same deep, rich Browne that fans have come to expect, introspectively revealing on "The Night Inside Me" that "I walk around inside the questions of my day."
Bottom Line: Welcome Home