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5.0 out of 5 stars PC Clifton has nailed it, 5 Feb. 2009
This review is from: Working On a Dream (Audio CD)
PC Clifton is right. The album seems to have invoked the very worst characteristics of some segments of the Springsteen fan base [as well as I presume for good measure some of the ever willing and vocal anti-Springsteen fan base].

The fact is that this album is such a sonic delight from start to finish that opinion becomes virtually irrelevant in the face of its majesty. Make no mistake we are talking about one of the all time great pop albums here. One to rank with the work of many of the fantastic artists to whom it is clearly intended to pay tribute.

By all means if you don't like great pop music then reject the merits of this album but don't try and reject it by virtue of the criteria the author/artist is clearly wishing it to be judged by. Springsteen has attempted his take on the great pop album and has pulled it off in spades. With two heavyweight tracks thrown in at the end for good measure. If there has been a finer pure pop delight recorded in the past 20 years by anyone than 'This Life' then I will be delighted to be informed of it. And will take delight in it equal to what Bruce has managed to conjure up.

The only explanations for the derisory reviews both on here and the Springsteen forums simply have to be centred around the word 'premature' [to give some the benefit of the doubt] and - more dispiritingly - the words 'churlish', 'precious' and I guess in some sad instances downright 'impermeably resistant to recognising fantastic music'. And really you don't get much more of an insulting reflection on folks who presumably consider themselves music lovers than that.
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Initial post: 6 Feb 2009 17:44:49 GMT
So, this album gets 5 stars from you as would 'Born to Run'. Same historic masterpiece? An album we will be playing in 30 years time? Packed with hit singles? A revolution in music? Please!! Get real.

In reply to an earlier post on 9 Feb 2009 16:17:53 GMT
Bruce has evolved and matured - nothing will ever beat BTR or Thunder Road - doesn't mean we can't like the lighter stuff he's doing now

In reply to an earlier post on 10 Feb 2009 22:00:41 GMT
There are a small number of Bruce fanatics placing upbeat reviews and comments on Amazon. You know who you are. There is no slithering away from the fact that this album is generally duff - poor production, poor tunes, poor lyrics. These songs are cutting room floor scrapings in most cases. You know it; the rest of us all know it. If you let the guy think this is acceptable; he'll only go out and dish up the same poor fodder in 18 months time. Bruce is human like the rest of us; he deserves constructive criticism like the rest of us. As one review said - if this album was from an unknown artist this would not sell. 'Born to Run' was from an unknown artist. It did. Why do you think that was 34 years on? The answer is in the material and the production and the genius. None of that is here.

In reply to an earlier post on 11 Feb 2009 21:01:51 GMT
pompeyman says:
don't agree, I thoroughly enjoyed the first play of this album. Sure its lighter stuff than in the 70's but so what? Get off your high horse you twit.

In reply to an earlier post on 12 Feb 2009 17:14:33 GMT
Man, stop going on about Born to Run, I love that too and grew up with that, but that was 34 years ago, time moves on. Bruce has moved on, he's nearly 60 now, he probably doesn't want/can't write stuff like Jungleland or Thunder Road anymore, maybe the guy just wants to enjoy his last few years doing some fun stuff. He was unfortunate to produce such a work as BTR at such a young age, and all his work has been compared to that ever since. In my opinion, Bruce has recovered quite a lot of his spark with his last 3 or 4 albums - compared to other old rockers (McCartney, Dylan etc), his work is rising back towards the level he achieved, not with Born to Run admittedly, but certainly The River - and that's plenty good enough for me.

In reply to an earlier post on 23 Sep 2009 14:32:22 BDT
Joe Smart says:
To Michael Watson
Don't know if you realise it but you start your comment with 'stop going on about Born To Run' and then mention it in every sentence.
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