Friday, January 30, 2009

The Boss Is Back

I've been listening to Bruce Springsteen's new album with the E Street Band, "Working on a Dream."I like it a lot. I'm not a solid Bruce fan (though he has that great first name). My favorite albums are his second and third, "The Wild, the Innocent, and the E Street Shuffle" (1973), and "Born to Run" (1975). I saw him with the E Street Band in 1974 in Pittsburgh, a great concert. Since then, I've bought a few of his albums and have liked a few of the songs. I think I appreciate him more as a songwriter than as a performer. I think he's also a pretty cool person, based on the articles and interviews I've read over the years.

This album is pretty heavily produced, reminding me of "Born to Run" in some respects. The customer reviews on Amazon are mixed, but it's working for me! I think it's also cool and inspiring that a guy who's almost 60 and has plenty of laurels he could rest upon is still making vital, original, and enjoyable music. I think I need to go see him in Boston when he plays there in April.

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