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  1. I LOVE THIS SO MUCH. It's a song full of those complex (and yet perfectly simple) contradictions that Bruce so brilliantly draws together in his music. The melody, the band, is a starburst of joy; the lyrics are defiantly full of life and love, yet are leavened with grief and loss. Life and death in the same breath, the same musical phrase. The ghosts are gone. The ghosts live on. As with the best rock songs, it's a reminder of our mortality. Not simply in the Grim Reaper, 'everyone dies' sense, but a reminder that the flip side is also true - 'everyone lives'. So we live while we're here. With the life and time we have, with the ghosts who have left us but will never leave us. I'm so glad to be alive at the same time that Bruce Springsteen is making music.
  2. YES. This is superior cropping and the correct way to use this image!!
  3. I love this shot and wish they hadn't cropped the album cover so close to his face! Should have kept more of the background in.
  4. FWIW, Badlands.it says it's an album done with the E Street Band! Can't wait to find out more tomorrow!
  5. I've been refreshing forums all night as news started to trickle in. Glad I can go to sleep now at 3am knowing that tomorrow's gonna bring some incredible Bruce news!!
  6. Very excited by all this and sincerely hoping it's true. Taking it with a grain of salt, but that track listing is very evocative. A lot of fury in those song titles. Sounds like this could be in the vein of Wrecking Ball, which is one of my favourite albums ever. The only outlier is Nancy's Bar. Maybe Nancy here is Nancy Reagan?
  7. This is wonderful. I've described the album elsewhere as one of 'hard-worn optimism', and I think the Tennyson lines really reflect that too. We all grow older and greyer and sadder, and we be may be the worse for it. But we're also better for it. And the drive to live, to love, to remember and to go on still remains. We've always known this, but Bruce consistently produces pop/rock albums that double as works of literature. After I watched him in his Broadway show, I concluded that he's always been my favourite poet. Western Stars confirms that.
  8. I think that first verse is him recalling what the desk man said to him and his girl the first time they checked in. He definitely doesn't own the Motel, but has been there enough times to have fond memories of the place - even if it's just a regular unromantic motel with a rusting chain link fence. He even had a regular parking spot. It could have any number of interpretations. I like the possible callback to Thunder Road Mary. But it could also be what Rizla suggested - two young sweethearts stealing time away from their parents at first. It becomes a special place for them, so they end up stealing time away from kids and bills, too, every once in a while, by returning to the Moonlight Motel over the years.
  9. Agree with you, Ann! I know which three singles I would have picked to appeal to me - Western Stars, Tucson Train and Moonlight Motel. But I think the ones selected actually would appeal to people who might not have given the whole album a shot.
  10. Interesting that you say that - I'm a jazz fan and I think it's actually one of the reasons I love Bruce's rock music more than many other more straightforward rock musicians. He experiments, wildly and wonderfully, and his music goes from rock and roll to rock and soul, with jazz and swing elements thrown in as well. When I first heard The Wild, The Innocent & The E Street Shuffle, I couldn't believe what I was hearing! And the entire live Dublin album is a heady, brilliant mix of genres - occasionally in the space of one song!!
  11. Yes, I think he's had time to come to terms with her death. He's only reminded of their life, their lives, together when he ends up driving down that lonely road leading to the Moonlight Motel. Because, when he gets there, he discovers that the Motel has died too, drained of all life and colour. But the memories live on - as they do when someone leaves you for good. So, in that empty parking lot, he thinks of younger, happier, lazier, hazier days. And for that he is grateful. It's such a remarkably rich, layered song.
  12. I'm listening to that track right now - for the second time in a row - and I got a shiver all over when I read these words. Beautifully put. This song breaks my heart and then heals it, over and over again. I feel I can see that Motel, almost touch it - the dry pool, the rusted chain-link fence, the empty parking lot with a shot glass left on the ground, in a place where love and hope and dreams and perfectly ordinary, perfectly extraordinary stolen moments once lived.
  13. I agree! Caught my attention the first time around, but not in an "I ADORE THIS" way. But the more I listen to the entire album, the more I find myself returning to this track. There's something hypnotic about the rhythm of it, especially in the chorus. I love how it's one long line that feels almost like it's going "round and round" on itself.
  14. I love so many of the examples already mentioned - I've always loved the poetic imagery in Bruce's songs. And so many of these songs feel like a movie unfolding in a handful of minutes. Today, a line in Drive Fast caught my ear while I was walking about, and the way it tells several stories in not so many words is just lovely: "Figured maybe together we could get the broken pieces to fit" The album, for me, seems to linger very much in the key of hardworn optimism - just doing what you have to to get on with your day, your career, your life. You'll get through it, somehow. You have to. And hopefully, you'll make the broken pieces fit.
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