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J.D. Souther: If the World Was You

At 62, he’s hardly the new kid in town, yet listening to John David Souther’s first recording in a quarter-century, it’s as if no time had passed since his days as one of the pioneers of the SoCal country-rock movement. Nor is it possible to miss that this is the guy behind such seminal ’70s and ’80s hits as the Eagles’ “Best of My Love” and “Heartache Tonight,” Linda Ronstadt’s “Faithless Love,” his own million-selling “You’re Only Lonely,” and his union with James Taylor on the post-divorce lament “Her Town Too.” But If the World Was You is no exercise in retro muscle flexing.

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