What does it sound like?:
For me Bruce Springsteen has always been more interesting when he’s taken it down a notch. It was Tunnel of Love where it all clicked into place for me and the one I play most regularly, and this new album, on first few listening’s, is going to be similar.
Bombast is replaced by lush string arrangements, the voice, smoother and quieter, delivers the usual stories of travel and restlessness, lost love and redemption but delivered with a lighter touch than usual. The tales are cinematic, bright Californian colours projected in widescreen, but edged with a darker hue, familiar shadows hiding pain and regret.
I’m on my third straight listen since the album arrived this morning and each listen is revealing more. It joyous and it pulls at the heartstrings, it’s everything I love about Bruce and more.
At 69 Bruce has delivered his best work of the past 25 years. I hope you enjoy it as much as I currently am.
What does it all *mean*?
Bruce still has the capacity to surprise.
Goes well with…
Might suit people who like…
Burt Bacharach, 60’s crooners