Locked Doors & Pretty Fences
The sound of a heartland rocker losing heart, Locked Doors finds Joel Henderson shuffling begrudgingly into middle age. On opener “Growing Up (Is Hard to Do),” he sets the tone, trying in vain to remember even the previous night’s dreams. On “Heartless Kisses” he stews in the ashes of a once-blazing romance, and on “This Time of Year” not even the onset of spring can brighten his mood. In terms of hard-bitten realism the topper is “Beyond the Fence,” wherein the singer and his wife ask themselves whether they have a future. On the escapist fare “Are We Running” they pose the question more as Bruce Springsteen might, taking to the highway on a tailwind of guitars.