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22 of 22 people found the following review helpful
on 12 May 2005
I bought this on the day of it's release eagerly anticipating new material from the "Boss" man. After the first couple of plays, I thought another "Nebraska" - dark, introspective but sometimes a little dull if you are in the wrong mood. Suddenly, having played it again and read the lyric booklet - I can't take it off my cd player for very long. It grows and grows on you. If you are a fan of the stadium rocker Brucie, then this might not appeal, although "All The Way Home" and "Long Time Comin'" would fit right in to that sort of setting. The rest of the album takes you through some deep lyrics, and different moods. I much prefer it to "Nebraska". There are shades of Bob Dylan, Johnny Cash, the album has a distinct country feel to it, and it's delivered with effortless cool. Stand outs for me are the moody "Devils and Dust", and "All I'm Thinking About is You" which is a light countryish song that becomes very catchy after a few plays. Plus you get a bonus acoustic dvd. Happy listening.......
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19 of 20 people found the following review helpful
on 5 April 2006
Much to my shame this is the first album I've bought of Bruce's. A wonderful introduction to my now slowly growing collection. For the folks who reviewed slating I'd suggest buying the VH1 Storytellers DVD. Perhaps you'll be enlightened as to whats behind Jesus Was an Only Son... other than the obvious. The guy is simply a genius. I also was fortunate enough to see him in Atlantic City, NJ November last year whilst on holiday. Any man who's 55 and can still rock like that well deserves his alias... The Boss. Don't delay, buy the album, it wasn't No1 for nothing. A breath of fresh air in today's hazy pop-ravaged nonsense.
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11 of 12 people found the following review helpful
on 8 May 2005
I have been a Boss fan for 15 years. I have all his albums from his earliest 'The Wild, the innnocent and the E Street shuffle' to the Rising. I just bought Devils and Dust and must say that this is one of the best I have ever heard. you need to listen to it a few times over to get the mood and the feel of it. but I can honestly say that Bruce has gotten better with this album. The title track is reminiscent of 'Secret Garden' and 'Dead man walking' tracks. it is one of those hauntingly great tracks. it starts off slow and drab...but gains momentum and turns into a deep, touching song. other great tracks include 'all the way home' 'Maria's Bed' and 'All I'm thinking bout'. In short, all Springsteen fans will embrace this as a new chapter for the Boss. Brilliant! a free DVD comes with it with four songs on it. Buy it now!
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
on 30 June 2005
Like several others I was wary of the Tom Joad comparisons.
These are however unwarranted even if this is not a full-band album .The key ingredients of a great record are here : great lyrics in all the songs and some beautiful music. And also a new sounding album after 30 years of great music . After first 2 or 3 listens I would have given it 4 stars,but after closer listening to the slower story-telling songs this gets the full 5 the lyrics to the Hitter or Black Cowboys while listening to this on your DVD player .. awesome !! And then get uplifted by Marias Bed , Leah and Long Time Coming songs that are up there with his best .
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
on 27 May 2005
I am a long time Bruce fan, and personally I prefer his work with the E Steet Band. I thought The Rising was truly brilliant, and I like this the best of his acoustic style albums. Don't know what Amanda Richards is on about in her review, she's obviously not a fan of the Boss. If you're a fan you'll like this a lot, if not you won't. Simple really.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
on 1 June 2005
listening to this as writing a review....for an artist in his mid fidties this is lyrically and musically brave and brilliant...the voices are experimental both performance and narrative wise and the playing and prodction superb....leah in particular is a mighty track... if dylan had done this at this age he'd be even more immortal.....
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67 of 77 people found the following review helpful
on 23 April 2005
Devils and Dust is an adult album in the truest sense.It covers both lyrically and sonically adult emotions in a way that most contempary musicians either avoid or would struggle to articulate.The CD comprises of 12 songs covering themes as wide ranging as the anxieties / fears of the modern soldier in Iraq (Devils and Dust)to the lonliness and desparation of a man sharing a liason with a prostitute whilst contemplating the loss of a loving relationship (Reno).This is the first review I've written on Amazon and felt strongly enough about the quality and depth of Bruce's new CD to urge al those people who only buy 3 - 4 CD's a year to make sure they buy this on!.At least 2- 3 songs on this album will become indispensible to any serious students of the human psyche and emotional state.If like me you were unable to get a ticket for the Royal Albert Hall to see Bruce In May the new CD provides more than adequate consilation.Many Thanks Bruce....
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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful
on 4 May 2005
There are three good reasons to buy this excellent cd. 1. Springsteen's soulful voice just gets better and better 2. The lyrics are his most poetic and sophisticated yet, though he has always had something profound to say 3. Brendan O'Brien's production, complete with subtle but lush strings, horns and diverse percussion, brings the best features of 'The Rising' to a 'Ghost of Tom Joad' polemic, both tremendous later albums.
As ever, Bruce sings of male sensibilities and fallibility, but the spirit of hope and human kind provides more than a glimpse of light in the darkness. The lovely Long Time Comin' is an example, with childbirth promising redemption amid the backdrop of the beautiful, romantic American landscape, the same scenery for some of Bruce's finest lyrics (eg This Hard Land, No Surrender). Like the cowboys in John Ford westerns, Bruce's protagonists seek escape in the vast wilderness (or "the edge of town") from the repression of society. But the harsh landscape also brings death in the sombre finale, Metamoros Banks. Perhaps the album's finest song, it recalls the stark fatalism of Tom Joad's dispossessed characters. Leah and Black Cowboys are other highlights, along with the title track, which draws on the early Bob Dylan anti-war classic "God on Our Side" and the storytelling, folk-blues tradition of Woody Guthrie.
This album is an excellent attempt to combine Tom Joad's unrelenting and sparse social realism with lighter moments and uptempo beats. Bruce's falsetto on 'Maria's Bed' and the playful rockabilly of 'All I'm Thinkin' About' lighten the mood. The very occasional formulaic country rock moment is, at least initially, uncomfortably reminiscent of the poorer songs on 'Lucky Town'. But Bruce has once again demonstrated why he is so revered among singer-songwriters.
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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful
on 12 October 2006
This is, quite simply, Springsteen's best work for nearly 20 years. An evocative array of songs from such rich characters as the faded boxer to the stranded G.I. to the illegal immigrant.

Both uplifting and realistic some of the tales are ambiguous whilst others are just soaked in futility and failure, yet none are ever unmoving.

A beautiful record that does Bruce justice as he follows the footsteps of Dylan, Guthrie and Stienbeck through the dust bowls of America.
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful
on 14 March 2006
Bruce's writings have matured, like fine wine, over the years. This album continues the process of developing excellence, equalling the brilliance of "The Rising". Springsteen is a man's man, I'd like to talk with him over a bottle of bourbon in some deserted redneck bar, sun setting on the scrubland outside. The imagery in the album is Bruce's own Desolation Row. I especially loved "Reno", it makes my stomach tighten. The arrangements are sparse, minimalist, acoustic guitar-led, with subtle strings and other instruments here and there, never overpowering the passion in the voice and words. Just watch him playing these songs on the accompanying DVD, the way he almost blows the reeds out of the harmonica; the setting for the DVD is also suitably minimalist and downcast. I've had the CD on my car hifi for the last few days as I've been driving through the wintry Scottish Highlands, and it suits the landscape and my mood prefectly.
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