Album Reviews of the 80s

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Don Henley, "Building The Perfect Beast" / 1984 Review by: Jake Kishpaugh
A beautifully composed/arranged, double-platinum album from my favorite artist of all time. Released in late 1984, this quintessential 80s pop-rock album highlights ex-Eagles drummer/singer Don Henley's songwriting prowess. The lead-off single, "The Boys Of Summer", is the definitive song of summertime (and my second-favorite song of all time, save for Boston's flawless 1986 ballad "Amanda"), splendidly capturing the mood of the beach while telling of the torture of good love gone bad. Released in November, 1984, "The Boys Of Summer" peaked at #5 in February 1985 (in my opinion, it should have been a #1 hit, but other, more commercial songs competed with it at the time). This beach/road tune won 1985 Video of the Year (the concept of the video fit the song perfectly) and was nominated for Record and Song of the Year at the 1985 Grammys. (Henley won Best Male Rock Vocal Performance for the song). The catchy and socio-economically relevant "All She Wants To Do Is Dance", the soulful "Not Enough Love In The World" and the rhythmic, jazzy "Sunset Grill" followed, all of which are excellent tracks. "Building The Perfect Beast" is undoubtedly a rock classic from a classic rock artist.

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