Doobie Brothers, "World Gone Crazy"


"Given the chance," Tom Johnston sings on the title track from the Doobie Brothers' latest album, "I'd go back to the days of a simpler time." "World Gone Crazy" certainly references that less complicated era of vintage Doobie Brothers, from its uptempo shuffle beat to the trademark gang harmonies of the chorus. Johnston, meanwhile, essays on the unstable state of the world, pining for neighborhood grocery stores, shoe shines for two bits and days spent "workin' real hard in the heart of the city." "World Gone Crazy" offers nostalgia with a dose of modern grit ("Don't want to live on the streets like some folks do") and a celebratory, hand-clapping spirit. While the song is being pitched to country radio, the track works anywhere Doobies tunes have connected during the past 40 years.


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