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  1. 2 minutes ago, Daisey Jeep said:

    Sometimes you gotta look at your half drunk cool aid as being a glass half full 

    We are getting a new album and a band album at that at a time when just about everything about our world has been turned upside down

    Its time to be thankful for what we have when so many people have lost their actual lives

    And many many peope have lost their jobs 

    Sometimes too much thinking is not a good thing 

    Just live in the moment and be happy

    I have no idea what a caricature is and im not wasting any time googerling it !

    A caricature is my father apparently... .my mother would always say he had become a caricature of himself:lol: 

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  2. 13 hours ago, Lampi said:

    This indeed. What puzzles me it is supposed to be either ESB or 'solo acoustic'; like there was never Seeger, 1992-1993 and Western Stars. Tunnel and Wrecking Ball are not 'real' ESB albums; Joad and -especially- Devils & Dust are not 'real' solo album like Nebraska was.

    A VERY UNPOPULAR OPINION WARNING:

    Personally I would not mind if Bruce never tours again and instead spends the time that is left to make new albums, with or without the ESB, with or without other musicians, or indeed solo. Fear of Bruce & The ESB being a caricature of theirselves, making a joke of theirselves, on what is expected now really to be the last ESB tour (even if that was previously said about every ESB tour in the Reunion Era), is also a reason for that.

    I also realize that is -of course- very different for those who feel they did not see enough shows yet, or only one show, or no show at all; and for @Daisey Jeep who wants her Prove It All Night 1978 and REAL LONG Kitty. (Edit: and maybe Daisey wants this too!:): '' For the second encore he played "Raise Your Hand" and an extremely high energy "Quarter To Three" that ended with Bruce standing on Roy's piano and ripping his shirt off before leaping off and dancing off stage as Miami Steve directed the band to the finish'".)

     

  3. 13 hours ago, Lampi said:

    This indeed. What puzzles me it is supposed to be either ESB or 'solo acoustic'; like there was never Seeger, 1992-1993 and Western Stars. Tunnel and Wrecking Ball are not 'real' ESB albums; Joad and -especially- Devils & Dust are not 'real' solo album like Nebraska was.

    A VERY UNPOPULAR OPINION WARNING:

    Personally I would not mind if Bruce never tours again and instead spends the time that is left to make new albums, with or without the ESB, with or without other musicians, or indeed solo. Fear of Bruce & The ESB being a caricature of theirselves, making a joke of theirselves, on what is expected now really to be the last ESB tour (even if that was previously said about every ESB tour in the Reunion Era), is also a reason for that.

    I also realize that is -of course- very different for those who feel they did not see enough shows yet, or only one show, or no show at all; and for @Daisey Jeep who wants her Prove It All Night 1978 and REAL LONG Kitty. (Edit: and maybe Daisey wants this too!:): '' For the second encore he played "Raise Your Hand" and an extremely high energy "Quarter To Three" that ended with Bruce standing on Roy's piano and ripping his shirt off before leaping off and dancing off stage as Miami Steve directed the band to the finish'".)

    Completely agree with this and from what i have heard so far the new album feels like a caricature album, which is a shame after the beautifully crafted (and It was clear that it was really crafted) western stars album. If it is a signing off ESB album it would have been nice if it was a well crafted one.

    I also agree on the new music front. We are constantly hearing that Springsteen is in the studio. Just release the damn stuff like other artists do as EPs on spotify. Be experimental, create and release what you like.

    I always thought that Springsteen had one last masterpiece in him. It may have been western stars but I have always felt it would be a stripped back acoustic album (similar to Cash's final releases). Lord knows there is plenty in the world for him to observe and critique at the moment. In fact, this new album feels like it could be contextually misplaced like  working on a dream... which was then followed up with Wrecking ball which was more context appropriate but probably too late.

  4. I think a lot of western stars songs are sequels.  The one that stands out the most is Chasing Wild horses being a sequel to highway patrolman; following frankies brother after he slipped away from him on that fateful night.

    Guess it was somethin' I shouldn't have done
    Guess I regret it now
    Ever since I was a kid
    Tryin' to keep my temper down is like
    Chasin' wild horses, chasin' wild horses
    Chasin' wild horses

    Left my home, left my friends
    I didn't say goodbye
    I contract out to the BLM
    Up on the Montana line
    Chasin' wild horses, chasin' wild horses

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  5. 11 minutes ago, Rizla said:

    'Born to Run' was a poor choice of title for his autobiography.  It's already been used as a book title by several other people, and more appropriately.  Let's be honest, Bruce hasn't exactly run far, has he?

     

    I fought with thinking the same.

    I thought it was a little lazy but equally, like a lot of his art, it is multi layered (I often think that this is why he is a misunderstood artist).

    On the face of it, it looks like a lazy cash-in and a tired and basic metaphor. But the book described in great detail the darkness and disquiet in his character. Regardless of whether he has moved much physically, he has a restlessness of the soul that is constantly born to run.

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  6. On 8/27/2020 at 12:00 AM, Lampi said:

    Fire Wood (or Firewood).

    .................

    So.

    My unpopular opinions for today:

    1. I listened today to Human Touch!

    2. I really enjoyed it! (as usual). (except the last 3 songs (also as usual)).

    3. I realized the regular studio albums I most listen to are Human Touch, Lucky Town and Working On A Dream!

    (Could be even more impopular when would be: Human Touch, Lucky Town, Working On A Dream and High Hopes; but no; even if I like High Hopes (not all songs)).

     

     

    I would say that my most regularly listened to albums are: lucky town, Tunnel of love, GOTG and Devils and Dust. I have probably listened to Darkness to death but still appreciate its greatness.

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  7. 10 hours ago, Beautiful Loser said:

    I find Tunnel of Love a more affecting album with more heart than Born To Run or Darkness.

    'Moonlight Motel' is Bruce's best new song in twenty five years.

    Talking about 'New York City Serenade', it's better than everything else on The Wild and Innocent...combined.

     

    Agree pretty much with your last two points, although I would say that western stars (the song) is the best thing he has released in 25 years.

     

    Agree on New York City Serenade..... this should be considered one of his greatest hits. To think that a 23 year old (perhaps younger) wrote and composed this is insane.

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  8. 1 hour ago, Jertucky said:

    I don’t think it has to say much. Ramrod doesn’t say much but it’s fun to listen to. Out in the Street isn’t exactly breaking any new ground in lyrical depth but is a great song. Western Stars sounds like crap but (from what people say on here) has great lyrics. This sounds like an album to roll the windows down, turn up the volume, start the car and hit the road. I’ll take that everyday of the week as opposed to Western Stars where the inclination is to insert the hose, roll the windows up, start the car and close the garage door.

    Western stars sounds glorious and it says a heck of a lot :P. We'll have to agree to disagree :)

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  9. 43 minutes ago, BobbyJames said:

    I looked into this a bit following the article and thought about posting a similar thread. From what I can tell, there is:

    Electric Nebraska (if it exists)

    The 1994 ‘hip hop’ album a la streets of Philadelphia 

    An album recorded with the 1992/3 tour band

    Some swing/country album (pre Tunnel of Love? I can’t remember)

    An album written around the time of Wrecking Ball and Western Stars that Bruce says is ‘in the can’ as per the Rolling Stone article

    Am I missing anything? I’m sure if there was some awesome E Street record in the vault we’d have heard about it by now?

    I'll take em... release the lot Bruce. Open. The. Vault.

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  10. 2 minutes ago, Promise61 said:

    I'm reminded of the SOB film where he says a couple of times how good he is at pulling off magic tricks, deceivingly. "That's how good I am."

    It just a pure nostalgia track, which has its place. The emphasised count in. The piano interlude. The sax. But it says nothing, it isn't powerful. It is fairly generic dad rock-pop.... but I did enjoy it more than Letters.

  11. 36 minutes ago, Promise61 said:

    I watched the video for Ghosts a couple of times yesterday.

    I heard it  on the radio for the first time this morning and I was slightly embarrassed. It really is a generic, heard it all before tune, and casual listeners could be forgiven for thinking that they've heard it all before.  I think the greatness of the video may have tricked some fans into thinking that it is actually a great song.

    I think you may be a little right

  12. 22 minutes ago, philipboyle said:

    You're having a laugh. Are you an actual fan? WS was his best album since TOL and the two songs so far show great promise for the alum. Why do you want him to stay in the past? That's not what an artist does.

    Agree re. Western Stars, its why my preference would be for him to work on honed solo albums. For example we have been told that he has been prolific during lockdown... at this stage of his career/life he shouldnt be afraid to release experimental stuff as an EP, straight to spotify... plenty of other artists do it.

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  13. 15 hours ago, Jertucky said:

    It’s always best to withhold judgement on a Springsteen album until hearing the whole thing. For instance, I was encouraged by Tucson Train but it turned out to be an outlier and the rest of the album stunk. I’m not expecting Born to Run from him at 71. I’d be happy to have Magic or even The Rising at this point. I’m getting the sense of a cohesive, rocking album which is a definitely a positive.

    I beg to disagree. Western Stars was a masterpiece (and I mean that literally), it was the first time we have heard 'Springsteen' songs (depth, lyricism, philosophy) for about a decade.

    I like this Ghosts but I hope the whole album does not come off as rushed in comparison to WS.

    One observation for me, and it seems to be happening more and more, is the clunky way in which lyrics are delivered, the often feel forced, disjointed. 

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  14. My biggest regret was drawing Broadway tickets (the show would have been on my birthday) but not buying them. Context; In the lottery they came up super quick and were an expensive ticket, given how quickly they came I thought I could refresh and likely be given more choices. Wrong! Worst of all I was going to be in the US on business around that time so I would not even have had to pay for the flights. Dohh!

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  15. 9 hours ago, MacBruce said:

    I have a similar feeling. Hope it's wrong.

    I've never treated High Hopes as a proper Springsteen album. Listening to it now, it is as you say just a collection of songs written at different times thrown together. Some of the outtakes were great and i'm glad he released them, but some of them...well, let's just say you can see why they didn't end up on an official album. 

    Regarding Letter to you, I'm struggling to get my head around the inclusion of these ancient nearly 50 year old outtake songs being given a new life, re-recorded and put on an official album right near the end of his recording career. These were songs from a completely different time, and even though they were beautifully written and very intense songs, they were composed when he was a very young man, hugely influenced by Dylan, and trying to find his way and desperate to get a record contract.

    I might be completely wrong and Letter to you turns out to be yet another great Springsteen album, but I have to say the whole thing seems a bit rushed to me, and coming a year after the release of a truly magnificent album in Western Stars, I just hope it doesn't turn out to be an underwhelming effort from the great man.

    Exactly this

  16. 5 hours ago, Jertucky said:

    I can’t imagine there is much hiding in the vault that I would love. He kept Western Stars hidden for several years before releasing it and it is brutal to my ears. I just find it hard to believe there is much of worth sitting out there awaiting a proper release. It’s still intriguing nonetheless.

    Western stars is an absolute masterpiece, up there with his top  albums. didnt they say there was around 40 songs for Western Stars?... hope so :P 

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  17. 1 hour ago, Promise61 said:

    He pinched a line from a book for a song on LT. The line popped up again in a song on Tracks. In fairness, he did give full credit. Unlike Bob, who has 'borrowed' for most of his career.:D

    'Poison snake bites you, your poison too'?

    The whole D&D album (which I love), draws heavily from Cormac McCarthys boarder trilogy (beautiful books)  

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