Music Review: Chuck Berry’s final album makes a casually profound closing statement

Barring any additional posthumous releases, the last song on the last album that Chuck Berry ever recorded will be “Eyes Of Man,” a midtempo blues number with a vocal performance more spoken than sung. It clocks in at just a little over two minutes—at the end of a 10-track LP that doesn’t quite reach a total running time of 35 minutes—and it offers up a bit of homespun wisdom from a man as he was approaching 90. Berry talks about the male hubris in building “temples” to themselves, and how the women in these guys’ lives are responsible for making sure their structures endure. In his refrain, the Rock And Roll Hall Of Famer advises younger listeners on how to deal with “those who do not know and do not know that they do not know,” as well as “those who know that they do not know …

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