Eagles
Hotel California


4.5
superb

Review

by tancrni USER (20 Reviews)
August 27th, 2014 | 27 replies


Release Date: 1976 | Tracklist

Review Summary: "They call it paradise", and it sort of is.

Hotel California, before being an album, it is a song and as such it could stand alone and result more solid than any other most complete and perfect record by any valid band.
The combination of lyrics and music in it is just terrific: the former are very meaningful, plenty of metaphors alluding to a declining society in an America of excesses, while the latter makes the whole thing work with chords perfectly put together and a breath-taking two-minute guitar solo which closes the track after the cold truth has been revealed: "You can check out any time you like, but you can never leave".
When the song ends you feel a sense of self-realisation that no other song can offer you and at first you wouldn't want to listen to anything at all anymore. That is why it is really hard, after a magnificent song like that, to keep on listening to the rest of the album, knowing that nothing can beat that beasty track. You suddenly wonder why didn't those chaps choose to put it at the end of the album rather than at the beginning, but eventually, as you reach the very end, you will figure it out.

Yes, because, after taking a big breath to prepare yourself for the next track, you will notice that from now on time will fly and the album will soon be over.
Not that the following songs create a sort of harmony or equilibrium altogether, because at first listen they seem just a bit not in tune with the title-track, even if they are faithfully developing the concept introduced by it. They are not as majestic as Hotel California of course, but they are all great nonetheless: New Kid in Town is enjoyable and catchy, Life in the Fast Lane instead is more rocky and then from Wasted Time you start to recognise that it is really an Eagles’ album, and if you like this band you shall not be disappointed.
It’s not just an Eagles album though, it’s the Eagles at its best. After the great pair Pretty Maids All In A Row and Try And Love Again, one a brilliant reflection about life but also rather not typical for the Eagles’ sound and the other a very pleasant travel through love and emotions, it comes the very closing track, an absolute masterpiece: The Last Resort, probably the best way to end an exquisite album like this.

"You can leave it all behind and sail to Lahaina
Just like the missionaries did so many years ago.
They even brought a neon sign 'Jesus is Coming',
Brought the white man's burden down, brought the white man's reign.

Who will provide the grand design, what is yours and what is mine?
Cause there is no more new frontier, we have got to make it here.
We satisfy our endless needs and justify our bloody deeds
In the name of destiny and in the name of God."


The music that accompanies these beautiful lyrics is superlative: the song starts as a slow and shy ballad to grow immensely powerful as the synthesizers, reproducing the sound of string instruments, take over the scene.
This last track is of course a critique of the American Dream and the conquer of the Wild West, entailing the so-called White Man’s Burden, but makes also reference to all the beautiful places the human being is only able to spoil and destroy, as Don Henley stated in an interview.
To summarise it all briefly, this is a fundamental rock classic that cannot miss in your music collection: a splendidly-made concept album that shows you the dark side of the occidental world in its prodigality and contradictions.

Recommended Tracks
Hotel California
Wasted Time
Pretty Maids all in a Row
The Last Resort


4.5/5




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Comments:Add a Comment 
tommygun
August 27th 2014


26983 Comments


probably the worst band ever

pos

danielcardoso
August 27th 2014


11770 Comments


I've never quite got into Eagles. Great review however, pos'd from me.

JohnnyOnTheSpot
Emeritus
August 27th 2014


6913 Comments


*contradictions

eddie95
August 27th 2014


707 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

yep, I guess you're right. Fixed it

Snake.
August 27th 2014


22192 Comments


never understood the appeal for these guys

ButteryBiscuitBass
August 27th 2014


11453 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

I fucking hate The Eagles, man.

BMDrummer
August 27th 2014


14650 Comments


boring band

Judio!
August 27th 2014


8457 Comments


Came here hoping to see a Big Lebowski reference. Was not disappointed.

danielcardoso
August 27th 2014


11770 Comments


In all honesty, I don't know what's so great about Eagles. I've heard most of their albums and I just don't see them as that great of a band.

manosg
Staff Reviewer
August 27th 2014


11958 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

Yeah not a big fan of the band or this album as well. I think I prefer Desperado even though I haven't heard it for a long time.

Digging: Falconer - From A Dying Ember

fallenbird
August 27th 2014


4492 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

I don't see what's not to like honestly: fantastic lyrics, absolutely brilliant guitar playing, songs that hit you right in the feels. I love this album

dh198
August 27th 2014


463 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

I understand that the Eagles might be bland for some people's taste, and many of their album tracks are pretty weak. However, they also wrote plenty of brilliant songs that are among my favorites. This album is awesome, although probably a bit overrated.

wacknizzle
August 27th 2014


14529 Comments


I fucking hate The Eagles, man. [2]


fallenbird
August 27th 2014


4492 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

Any band who can write The Last Resort and Desoerado is solid in my book

DikkoZinner
August 27th 2014


5342 Comments


Got an Eagles greatest hits, spin it a few times each year. They got some good tunes all in all.

Ryus
August 27th 2014


18892 Comments


horrible band agreed

Xar
August 27th 2014


1652 Comments


t/t rules, a bit amateurish but still!

TwigTW
August 27th 2014


3828 Comments


The album captures the dark side of Hollywood and the excesses of '70s California culture (in the popular music of that culture) . . . Good review, but you might want to fix this--"You can check OUT any time you like, but you can never leave."

eddie95
August 27th 2014


707 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Yep, my bad, thanks for that correction, anyway I wonder how this got an average rating of 4 if everyone hates the Eagles. I agree that they are a bit overrated but when it comes to Hotel California, it's really hard to believe that there are people who don't like them, even for that song.

TwigTW
August 27th 2014


3828 Comments


I don't know, but from the rating, it looks like as many people love them as hate them . . . The album is a classic--even if I don't like it that much--only reason it didn't get a Grammy was Rumours came out that year too.



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