Singer Jackson Browne still manning the barricades

Tue Nov 18, 2014 11:36am EST
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By Angus MacSwan

LONDON (Reuters) - Singer-songwriter Jackson Browne has always worn his heart on his sleeve, whether singing about romance or railing against U.S. foreign policy and global injustice.

His new album "Standing in the Breach" shows he has not given up the struggle. Gun control, bankers' greed and environmental destruction are all targets for his ire.

"You don't know why/but you still try/for the world you wish to see," he sings on the title track.

But there's also plenty of room for other matters on the album, which Rolling Stone magazine called "superb, inspiring".

"It's pretty hard to look at what's going on in the world and not make some reference to what's happening politically because it affects us all so much,” Browne told Reuters.

"Songs are a good place to express your beliefs, your hopes, or for that matter your doubts."

He was speaking at the start of a European tour which includes a sell-out date at London's Royal Albert Hall.

But for a few wrinkles, Browne, now aged 65, has hardly changed in looks from the prodigy who emerged on the early 1970s California scene which included Joni Mitchell and Crosby, Stills and Nash.   Continued...

Singer Jackson Browne performs during the Woody Guthrie Centennial Celebration Concert in Los Angeles, California in this April 14, 2012 file photo.  REUTERS/Bret Hartman/Files