The new album, Analog Man, begins with the album’s title track with Joe’s familiar style. On it, he sings about the good old analog sound versus the digital sound. But he isn’t on a rant. Far from it. But he does state his mind clearly enough. It’s good old Joe in great form.
Walsh visits several levels of Rock, a little country, and his “Life’s Been Good” biographical edge with the latest single, “Lucky That Way”.
“Lucky That Way” is, to put it simply, excellent Walsh. It’s pop/rock at its finest. It also holds its own in the Walsh singles catalog.
Another treat is the revisiting of James Gang classic, “Funk #49” with “Funk 50”, further letting us know that Joe Walsh can still bring it when called upon to do so.
There’s not a bad song on the album, not one. He hits the heavy sound (but never with the same heft that “Rocky Mountain Way” carries), he tinges with country, he butters with Pop.
And still I have to ask, “Joe, how do you do it ’cause you do it with such style and grace.” But he’ll just “shake his head and smile, look (me) in the eye, and tell me that “I’m just lucky that way”.
Release Date: June 5, 2012