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  1. I don’t know if I’m excited or worried about this. I really like the album and I don’t want this to subtract from it the way the Hunter of Invisible Game vídeo did...
  2. And I know I’ve said this before but Moonlight Motel just belongs in a different category altogether. There are plenty of Bruce songs that are great or even perfect, but then there are songs that are just different, they don’t feel like they were written, but rather discovered. As if they’d been somewhere since the beginning of time waiting for someone to find them. They’re not just great songs, they don’t even feel like songs, they feel like pieces of truth. Most of Born to Run has that, some songs on Darkness and The River as well, but they’re not easy to come by. This is the category Moonlight Motel belongs to.
  3. Western Stars, Hello Sunshine and Moonlight Motel for me. I’m still pretty much in love with the album even if I might have a few small problems with parts of it. The end of The Wayfarer with the backing vocals seems completely unnecessary and not very pleasant. Sundown might be, for me, weakest song in the album. Not exactly bad, though.
  4. This is quickly turning into a list of all of his songs but I don’t think these have been mentioned: Moonlight Motel Stray Bullet State Trooper Point Blank
  5. It’s good to see something good coming out of punk for a change.
  6. I really enjoyed Season 1 of that. IT went a bit downhill afterwards.
  7. I've been really enjoying S2 of Killing Eve. Not as good as S1 and not nearly as good as the perfect Fleabag, but still really good. I'm also really looking forward to the new season of Bojack Horseman which is so exceptionally good, it's hard to believe it's animated. It's just relentlessly dark and disturbing.
  8. Wrecking Ball was too, wasn’t it? Maybe not till the end, though.
  9. At first I hated it but I’ve grown to like it quite a lot. It’s got a great groove, great drumming and great lyrics.
  10. That’s some of Bruce’s best guitar playing I’ve ever seen. And I don’t just mean the solo. Not even particularly the solo.
  11. I said “usually”. How the idea of road is used to create an American identity is what makes it fascinating!
  12. A long, long time ago, when I graduated from university, I wrote a thesis about American popular music and American identity. I worked on lyrics by Robert Johnson, Woody Guthrie, Johnny Cash, Bob Dylan and, of course, Bruce. My focus was the uses of imagery of the road, trains and just the idea of travelling . The funny thing about this is, when one thinks about it, places like roads, railways and we can even include airports and shopping malls, are pretty special places. They’re places that usually have no identity, they have no history. They’re purpose is not to be places where one is but through which one passes. They’re lonely and impersonal. They have universal signs that will tell you where to go and from the moment you walk in until the moment you walk out, your journey is pretty much predetermined. The sense of loneliness and and disconnection felt by many who spend most of their lives living in these places instead of going through them is a reflection of this. Anyway, American popular music has been trying to turn this on its head for a long time. There is a clear sense that American identity is attached to this idea of movement, of ever expanding frontiers, of loneliness (often glorified and individual freedom) and Bruce has been a master at doing that. There’s no shortage of example where Bruce uses this kind of imagery attached to ideas of identity, communion and belonging. Wester Stars seems to be a new take on this. Of course, the romantic notions are still there (see Hitchhiking) but on songs like Hello Sunshine, there’s something different there. Bruce has been hinting at this since he started introducing the acoustic version of Born to Run saying it’s not about “running and keep on running” but it was about going out there searching “for a connection”. Now, maybe for the first time (?), Bruce speaks of the road as a siren whose call can be very alluring but no less dangerous. ”You know I always like that empty road Nowhere to be and miles to go But miles to go is miles away” ”Hello Sunshine” is full of “buts” that warm the listener of the dangers of these romantic notions. This might very well be an old man’s take on it, someone who just needs a bit of sunshine and a place he can call home. But I think there’s a lot more truth here than there is on “these two lanes will take us anywhere”. Or maybe that’s just me also growing old... TL:DR Bruce is a fucking genius!
  13. For some reason, I can’t play that on my iPhone...
  14. Yeah, it’s kind of like a Smith. Silva is another one!
  15. That’s odd...I remember Wild Billy and Thundercrack but not Spirit...
  16. That’s beyond cool. That band really had some groove in them! I hope there’s more on the way!
  17. I thought I heard the BBC commentator saying something to that effect about Evans. I doubt it makes me a better person but I really don’t have an ounce of patriotism. Particularly when it comes to sports. But Cristiano Ronaldo so it’s easy for me not to like Portuguese mega sports stars!
  18. I’m not usually one to side with someone just because they’re Portuguese. But Evans, towards the end, came across as a bit of a brat.
  19. I watched the match between the Portuguese João Sousa and Dan Evans What a match!
  20. Not at all. I didn't mean it as criticism. Just that they're completely Bruce era for me.