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Everything posted by Nicholas

  1. Definitely inspired by Bruce, but this time it's more Darkness and River Bruce instead of the stadium rock. Brandon went out of his way to mention that he recorded "Terrible Things" on the same kind of tascam as Bruce used on Nebraska, so I don't think the influence there is too subtle. I'm enjoying this new record very much. Some of Brandon's best lyrics to date.
  2. These vocals are definitely fresh. They don't match up perfectly with either live performance of Highway to Hell.
  3. I know his voice sounds strained and old, but it still brings me so much comfort. Glad that this happened.
  4. Wow, for some reason, the mobile GL is doing horrible things to me today.
  5. I'm hearing some "Racing ('78)" on a few of these tracks. Loving the modern-day band's sound with the 70s style.
  6. 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...
  7. 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.
  8. 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.
  9. 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."
  10. 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.
  11. 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, was only a brief 5 year flash in his long career. Sets a lot of people up for disappointment for each release that is not either of those two things.
  12. 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.
  13. 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.
  14. 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, I love his voice around the BitUSA era, so I might have to go through those songs and outtakes and see which stands out to me.
  15. Don't hate me, but I think the movie "poster" would make a better album cover than the actual LP...
  16. It's nearly impossible not to listen to that lead single (in this case the title track). I simply couldn't resist "Ghosts" because of all the hubbub it was getting here on the Lake. But I might actually hold out on the last teaser track or two until the album's release. Or at least try.
  17. I think any "lost albums" would show up on a bigger boxset, a la Tracks, no?
  18. 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.
  19. It mentions on several occasions that Bruce has been hard at work on Tracks Vol. 2, and that he has "lost albums" and plenty of unreleased gems waiting to see the light of day. With that being said, there's this: Could this be the last E Street Band album? “I think what he has come to realize is, it could be,” says Van Zandt. “Confronting one’s mortality is both truthful and realistic, and it can assist people who are in that frame of mind — who may be leaving, or who had someone pass right now that they love. And by the time this comes out, it could be 200,000 of us. It could be cathartic for those people. It could also be literal. At this point, if you have something to say, you better say it now! Don’t wait too much longer! Because who knows? I don’t think he meant it literally. And if it is the last album, y’know, we went out swinging. And if it’s not, we’re gonna have to come back, and we’re gonna have to beat it!” Springsteen acknowledges that “no tomorrows are guaranteed,” but that’s as far as he’ll go on the subject.
  20. Really digging the rawness and honesty ("I'm on drugs!") in this interview, providing us with very thought-provoking and eerie perspectives about death like this: The loss of Clarence and Danny still echoes every day in my life,” says Springsteen. “I still don’t believe it. I’m like, ‘I’m not gonna see Clarence again? That doesn’t sound quite possible!’ I live with the dead every day at this point in my life. Whether it’s my father or Clarence or Danny, all those people sort of walk alongside you. Their spirit, their energy, their echo continues to resonate in the physical world.… A beautiful part of living is what we’re left by the dead.” And he really does see his friends in his dreams. Terry Magovern, his friend and longtime assistant, who died in 2007, stops by “a couple times a year.” “I see Clarence every once in a while,” he says. “I’ll see the houses I lived in as a child. I’ll walk through their halls. We see all those folks in our dreams until we become a dream ourselves.”
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