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5.0 out of 5 stars 1995's landmark moment: an album of sparse and tender beauty, 11 April 2001
This review is from: The Ghost Of Tom Joad (Audio CD)
Bruce Springsteen: rebel soul, good-time party rocker, the guy from Philadelphia who only ever sang about cars and girls; his is a legacy tainted by misinformed parody and undeserved malign. In the 70s he was already unstoppable; in the 80s he adopted a commercial bent that propelled him into the realms of superstardom - by 1995, with a fortune stockpiled in Asbury Park, Springsteen had made his millions, and he'd grown old (ok, 45). He didn't need to sing about proving it all night with Rosalita/Sherry/Bobby Jean/whoever or racing his sixty-nine Chevy in the street (in fact, contrary to what Paddy McAloon says, he seldom did). Instead he put it all aside, dispensed with the E-Street sound completely picked up his acoustic guitar, and made a subtle Dylanesque masterpiece, laced with simple, lax melancholy and brimming with wealths of experience, nostalgia and knowing. Never self-indulgent, 'Tom Joad' showcases The Boss' woefully overlooked songmanship - it's the greatest record he's ever made. A striking stylistic departure from past releases -even from 1982s solo `Nebraska', another stark, acoustic depiction of American life, but a more brutal kind that was very much rooted in the depressed state of his younger self, whereas Tom Joad is the sound of an older family man, still bitter but more explicitly political, and unafraid to sound his age - this is grown up music. Springsteen has been an eminent mouthpiece for blue-collar America for the last thirty years. In assessing his career, let us hope that the mean-spirited critic will give pause here: a phenomenal legacy, and a totally gorgeous, low-key, unrefined wonderwork: full of wisdom, rectitude and tender-heartedness. The soundtrack to your salvation: invest - it'll enrich your life. It certainly has, mine.
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A great review, it certainly made me by it, well done.
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