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  1. I'm hearing some "Racing ('78)" on a few of these tracks. Loving the modern-day band's sound with the 70s style.
  2. The Power or Prayer gets better and better with each listen. Even if it reminded me of "Some Guys Get All the Luck" by Rod Stewart on first listen...
  3. First listen or so, some thoughts. Really impressed by the trio of older songs. The band sounds fantastic. What a statement to that prolific period of 1970-1985 in which even his outtakes and leftovers continue to enthrall us today. Only song I'm not digging is "House of a Thousand Guitars." How can you have that title and not have a shredding rocker? I'm undecided about "Rainmaker" at the moment. Its catchy, but something about it feels a bit off. As others have noted, his vocals sound like mid-2000s Bruce.
  4. You already know how I feel about the Killers and Brandon Flowers. This was such an endearing interview for both. Brandon didn't seem like a rock superstar at all, but instead a young kid meeting his hero.
  5. I feel yoy. That judgement always bubbles up whenever something newsworthy is going on, and then it will fizzle out as it tends to do when we are all enjoying the music together. Perhaps it's the climate in 2020 (not just politics but the state of the world at the moment) that has some cynical and stern. Pent up frustration or anxiety brimming to the surface. It's a sad man, my friend, who's living in his own skin, and can't stand the company."
  6. I mean Nils is right, whether we like it or not. It's a commodity, intended for sale on a certain date, and many people instead found ways to get their hands on it that the owner of that commodity does not condone. We do some moral gymnastics ("well I'm gonna buy it anyway") but we know that's just talking ourselves down. I just don't understand those who would go after Nils, his wife, or any member of the E Street family for being upset at what they view to be theft. I guess there's just a meanness in this world.
  7. I think the only two Bruce records that sound very similar are Darkness and The River, probably because many of the songs for both were written or rehearsed around the same time. As we know, a lot of casual listeners think of Bruce as his 1985 bandana and white shirt caricature. I think the "Bruce" sound people associate with him and heartland rock comes from artists like him and Mellencamp around that era. So casual fans are looking for pounding drums and wide-open guitars that evoke the 80s, while hardcore fans are looking for that wall-of-sound, poetic 70s Bruce that, in hindsight, wa
  8. I definitely think Bruce's comment was tongue-in-cheek, but I hope that this story doesn't dominate the headlines leading up to the release proper of the album. Yes, there is no such thing as bad publicity in marketing, but those kinds of sensationalist headlines will surely flood out the album reviews.
  9. I don't know how any of you navigate the web and find legitimate sites to trust. All I keep finding are just seeds blowing up the highway in the south wind... Nevertheless, these reviews are getting me beyond excited to listen. Seems to be unanimous praise.
  10. The Christic Shows are two of Bruce's all-time best performances. Certainly his best acoustic solo shows, and by leagues. The insecure songwriter, coming off a couple of years away from the stage after the dissolution of his world-famous band and a stint in the tabloids, among other things. That show features a vulnerable and raw Springsteen, a little guarded but no barriers between him and the listener. Truly great. From that show alone, "Real World" is unbelievable. Listening to it makes me mad that he didn't preserve it as a tender piano number on Human Touch. Outside of that show
  11. Don't hate me, but I think the movie "poster" would make a better album cover than the actual LP...
  12. I think any "lost albums" would show up on a bigger boxset, a la Tracks, no?
  13. We need more "react" emoticons on the board for some of these posts, I swear. Maybe one that mutes Caps Lock. Jokes aside, digging this new single. This driving rock feels like what Human Touch and Lucky Town should've been. Triumphant and upbeat, but with appropriate passion and perspective.
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