Music: Down on Lawless Avenue

New songs of shattered hope, political resilience and romance

JACKSON BROWNE: Lives in the Balance (Asylum). Wherein the singer-songwriter does a little housecleaning in his many roomed conscience. The first song, For America, is a deliberate, even self-mocking evocation of a signature Browne anthem, For Everyman, just as the last cut, Black and White, is at once a warning and a sign toward a new direction. "Time running out time running out/ For the fool still asking what his life is about," he sings, and since no one is better at lyrical rock introspection, it is plain that Browne has set himself a new course. This album is its chart,...

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