“So What” was Walsh’s 3rd album as a solo artist and it is a mixed bag for sure. The album contains only 9 songs with 1 being a 2 minute instrumental written by composer Ravel and another called “All Night Laundry Mat Blues” that clocks in at a mere 58 seconds and can be best described as a “ditty.”
The remaining 33 minutes do have a few highlights though including the rocking opener called “Welcome To The Club.” Next up is “Falling Down” which was cowritten by Joe and his not yet band mate Don Henley. Henley also contributes background vocals to this track as well as 3 others. More guests pop up as well including J.D. Souther, Glenn Frey, Dan Fogelberg and Randy Meisner.
Other standout tracks include “Turn To Stone,” “Help Me Through The Night” and the haunting album closer “Song For Emma.” This last track was written for Walsh’s three year-old daughter Emma who had been killed in a car accident the previous year. This song in particular will definitely leave you with a lump in your throat.
This new reissue was remastered by Kevin Gray and sounds incredible. Unfortunately the short running time and a couple of missteps keep this album from becoming a Joe Walsh classic like “But Seriously… Folks.”
Drumroll please… 6 out of 10 drumsticks!!!
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