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A successful solo flight
for a former Eagle

Don Felder - Road To Forever
(Rocket Science Ventures)
4 stars (out of 5 stars)
Reviewed: December 3, 2012
Don Felder

Review by Andy Argyrakis

As a former member of one of rock n' roll's most acrimonious acts of all time, Don Felder could've easily crafted his first solo CD in nearly 30 years with a chip on his shoulder, but instead appears to adapt a fresh lease on life anchored by his intricate storytelling. The longtime Eagles lead guitarist/co-writer retains many of the band's southern-stoked roots, but also the fiery guitar licks that defined band classics like "Hotel California, "Life In The Fast Lane" and "One of These Nights."

Felder's second ever individual offering opens with "Fall From The Grace Of Love," a mid-tempo contemporary rocker set alongside a sea of pristine harmonies (courtesy of Crosby, Stills and Nash), plus an instantly catchy chorus that could've easily been a smash from the Eagles' "Hell Freezes Over" reunion album. The singer/axe slinger also turns to his sensitive side with "Heal Me" and "Life's Lullaby," both of which gallantly compete with ex-band mate Don Henley's brilliant string of ballads. Yet Felder's at his best when cranking up the guitars for the "Life In The Fast Lane"-like "You Don't Have Me" and "Give My Life," suggesting that even though he's no longer flying with the Eagles, his solo career is having no trouble taking off.

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