Don Felder's 'Road to Forever'

By Hannah Richman,
This Eagle can still fly
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Since leaving both American rock band The Eagles and his wife in 2001, guitarist Don Felder's life has not been easy. Rather than coping with his pain by indulging in not-so-healthy habits or watching sappy movies like the rest of us (or maybe that's just me), he took the ups and downs of his emotions and turned them into an album, Road to Forever.

Keeping the rock sound that Eagles fans love, Felder structures all his songs similarly, both lyrically and melodically. Lyrically, he mainly keeps it simple, clearly using the tunes as catharsis. In the heartbreaking "Over You," he uses simple yet powerful lyrics which could relate to anyone of any age who has ever experienced heartbreak. Melodically, the songs are generally relaxing and gentle, but he expresses the signature rock vibe of the Eagles in songs such as "Girls in Black" and "You Don't Have Me."

Of course, he wouldn't be Don Felder if he didn't include his signature guitar riffs and impressive beats. The instrumentals are fantastic in every song. The vocals are not as prominent, but the song-writing skills make up for it.

Any Eagles fan would enjoy this album. Anyone who wants a comfortable, easy, and emotional listen would enjoy this album as well.



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