Saturday, March 05, 2011
Why Bruce stinks lately
Here is a very interesting take on Bruce Springsteen and why his recent albums are so disappointing and yet his live shows are still so good.
Bruce Springsteen's new album, Working on a Dream (Columbia), is the weakest he's ever released--weaker even than the twin disappointments of 1992, Human Touch and Lucky Town. And yet his show at Washington's Verizon Center last week was an utter triumph--and not, as you might think, just because of the older songs sprinkled throughout the set list. Even his recent compositions sparkled on stage.
It's almost as if Springsteen has made the mistake of reading his own press clippings too closely. So many critics--and I'm as guilty as anyone--have pointed out the grand themes lying beneath his stories of his blue-collar New Jersey pals that he has started writing about the themes instead of the pals.
Here is the rest.