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Don Henley: Inside Job

Anthony DeCurtis, Rolling Stone, 8 June 2000

On his first two solo albums (I Can't Stand Still and Building the Perfect Beast), Don Henley made yearning his great theme. Something had disappeared that could never be recovered – the Sixties? the Eagles? love? hope? – and songs like 'The Boys of Summer' and 'Long Way Home' summoned the deep ache of that loss. On The End of the Innocence, Henley edged closer to acceptance and a renewed sense of possibility, especially on the album's masterful closing song, 'The Heart of the Matter'.

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