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  1. The Jersey native once decreed the adopted son of Springsteen just released his latest LP, Local Honey on Friday. Any thoughts or reactions to it? I'm really enjoying it's more sentimental sound compared to his previous two solo efforts, which I adored as it is.
  2. A lot of artists that I love have paused their studio sessions because of the pandemic. It's neat to see that Bruce and company are making use of modern technology to keep the process going. To me, it suggests that the material might be strong enough to keep the guys invested in the project no matter what. Wishful thinking.
  3. Okay okay, please humor me here. In "I'm On Fire," isn't Bruce singing about a car? When he asks if her daddy is home and he left her all alone, isn't that suggesting that the car is parked and left unattended? When he asks if her daddy can "do to you the things that I do," isn't he fantasizing about driving the car in such a way that the owner simply could not? Sure sure, this could all be a metaphor for whatever sexcapades one might be envisioning, but I think this car idea makes sense in that it makes those rather creepy lines much less dehumanizing. Even the music video lends itself to the car idea a bit. Bruce's character works on cars seemingly for a living. When the lady shows up, other coworkers imply that she "likes the way he rotates her tires," which could be innuendo, but more importantly suggests that Bruce has worked on this car before. He sees the lady's wedding ring, which could imply how she is off-limits, but it could also imply oppulence and suggest that the car is babied and never driven the way it should be. When Bruce wakes up (with the sheets soaking wet) in the middle of the night, the first thing he does is caress the woman's car and then hop in drive it back to her. I know that seeing her light on makes him almost ring the doorbell, so it's entirely possible that this is just about wanting that woman. But what if he only wants her for her car? I don't think it's a mere accident that we never see what the woman looks like in the video. Bruce's character probably doesn't even notice what she looks like, either. His mind is on the car.
  4. I've been on a Counting Crows kick lately, taking the deep dive into their discography and live performances. Recently, I was listening to this concert, celebrating the anniversary of the band's debut album August and Everything After by playing it in full. During the song "Rain King," which starts at around 39:30 in the attached vid, I found myself smiling like an idiot when singer Adam Duritz (a huge Bruce fan himself) suddenly breaks rank and launches into a Springsteen classic. I'll let you experience it for yourselves.
  5. My "hot take" is that a politically motivated album (while up my alley) would be more trouble than it's worth, especially with the presidential elections taking place this year. Sure, Bruce would get a bit more coverage than usual given the relevancy of such a scope. But what happens if this album drops late in the year, and then Trump gets voted out of office? Suddenly, that album seems a little less relevant, at least in the eye of the public. Also, what if Bruce ends up stumping for the opposing candidate like he did in 2016 or 2004? Is he going to play those new political songs at the rallies? And then what happens if said candidate loses the election? Do those songs lose some power, some bite to them? While I tend to fall in line with Bruce's political ideals, I think this idea would be a lose-lose.
  6. Last year's "Land of the Free" single, which was linked somewhere earlier in this thread, is very Bruce on the sound and the vocals IMO.
  7. Eh. I'll admit to liking the suspense. It's all in good fun, and it livens up the Lake a little.
  8. The band's fourth album, Battle Born, is such a heartland rock album that the Springsteen influences just bleed through. From Brandon Flowers quoting "no surrender 'cause there's no retreat" on the opening track to the obvious Bruce songwriting influence on "Runaways" to a handful of others, it holds up with any Gaslight Anthem album as the best non-Bruce-but-still-Bruce project in recent years. Brandon has been an unabashed fan of the Boss for years, gushing about Nebraska and whatnot in interviews and clearly incorporating elements of the man's music into his own. Sign me up for more, please.
  9. 'Tis the new year, and I have yet to see an official Springsteen calendar for sale anywhere on the world wide web! Every year, I have one proudly hanging up somewhere in my abode, and I'd like to do the same this year if possible. Am I looking in the wrong places?
  10. The key to this question is picking a song that could pass for an E Street song in some time or another. Or at least one that echoes the kind of song Bruce might write. Let's go with some Sturgill Simpson:
  11. I didn't see it in any other topic, but did y'all just see Ron Aniello's latest Instagram post? It shows a switch board of sorts with a button that says "Thrill" lit up, and he captioned it: "Use with caution @springsteen #brucespringsteen"
  12. I will say that Tales of America is a fantastic album, an eye-opening debut album for J.S. Ondara. Songs like "American Dream" and Lebanon" and "Television Girl" are definitely deserve to be heard. Personally, it's higher up on my own list than Western Stars.