Music: The Monster Season

New albums by Fleetwood Mac and the Eagles strike fire

Some weeks ago, during the very particular and graceful lull of an English Sunday afternoon, two American travelers stopped by a pub in the village of Blandford, Dorset. The air was thick with Player's smoke and jollity, the sound of gentle joking, the slide and click of coins across the worn wood of the bar, and the easygoing strains of the new Eagles album.

Released just days before, The Long Run, an adept and insinuating work by the regents of California pop, had already crossed the ocean, penetrated cultural barriers where some resistance...

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