Music: As Good As Yesterday?

Two of rock's great old war-horses charge off in new directions

Solo records from aged rock megastars often bring to mind a scene from the movie Broadcast News. A handsome TV anchor asks a nerdy reporter, "What do you do when your real life exceeds your dreams?" The answer: "Keep it to yourself." Who wants to hear songs about the spiritual quests of people for whom financial security and social acceptance ceased to be pressing issues long ago? Rock is traditionally about youthful struggles, so it takes considerable talent to put the genre to work describing the lessons of a $90 per hour meditation class.

But who better qualified to take on...