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The well aged grass is still good.

  • Oct 17, 2010

I'm a big Doobie Brothers fan.  I love all they're incarnations of the band, the different genres of music they touch on and the music isn't complicated and mired too much in politics and religion.

After a big reunion and comeback in the 80's, 1991 gave us they're last major studio album in Brotherhood, which wasn't bad but didn't hook anyone in and was even the subject of one of the biggest money pit music tours at the time.  Going the full tour route and touring pretty seadily since we did get another album in 2000's Sibling Rivalry but other then the novelty of having other band members singing the songs aside from the lead singers, it wasn't special.  Where am I going with this?  It's that even in a changing world where we have different tastes in hipper bands and acts, the Doobies will keep on doing what they did best.  Make music and like any of those other acts from the 70's that are still around, they can still make good music that they're fans will appreciate and not just a tune that's completely been homogonized down to appealing to everyone.

World Gone Crazy is just what we've had since 2000 when the Doobies last graced us with they're presance.  The World Trade Center attacks, more war and conflict, political upheaval, grayer and grayer areas of government, social and culture wars.  It's almost like what I picture the 60's like.  I can only picture it with everyone up and about with something on they're minds.  The music on the CD is uncomplicated and joyful, something we can all escape to when those problems get to be too much.

11 tracks and not any of them weak.  We have Tom Johnston kicking things off with A Brighter Day before moving over to Patrick Simmons token rock out song on the album Chateau.  Back to Johnston and we get Nobody.  Nobody is the semi hit that appeared on they're self titled first major studio release.  There is was a quaint piece on a CD that really didn't sound much like The Doobie Brothers.  Here it does though and it's a treat.  More folk and feeling from SImmons with even a touching little number Far From Home and alternating back to Johnston for the rock.  Michael McDonald makes a welcome appearance in the chorus to sing with Simmons on Don't Say Goodbye and Simmons even gets a bit of a duet with WIllie Nelson on I Know We Won. 

This album isn't changing a non fan's mind since this is really just another album.  It isn't major but it's the strongest presance the Doobies have had since the mid seventies and I think it would look perfect next to Stampede in chronological order on the shelf since I can see it sitting there as if the McDonald years only got pushed back.  If this is in fact the Doobies last album, it's that high note they need to exit on.

The well aged grass is still good.

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October 17, 2010
Great review. I am definitely anxious to hear this now. I had no idea until just a few weeks ago that this album was in the works.
October 17, 2010
I heard a few years ago they were working on one and didn't hear that this came out TILL it came out. If you like the Doobies, it's good.
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The Doobie Brothers newest album in ten years feels almost as if it came out after the Stampede album in 75 and is probably they're best album since.
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There's no separating the unparalleled legacy of The Doobie Brothers from their upcoming release "World Gone Crazy." The Doobie Brothers have honored the broader, 40-year band's legacy with a new studio album that grows in unexpected directions. Founding members Tom Johnston and Pat Simmons are joined by longtime members John McFee and Mike Hosack. Ted Templeman, the producer behind the band biggest hits and other classics(Van Halen, Eric Clapton, Carly Simon, etc) returns to reignite the special chemistry that audiences have embraced for the past four decades.
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Label: HOR
Genre: Rock
Release Date: September 28, 2010

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