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5.0 out of 5 stars A GENUINE ORIGINAL, 27 Dec. 2007
This review is from: Born To Run (Audio CD)
Chatting with friends at the December 2007 O2 concert we discussed the frequency with which Springsteen is described as a 'non-original.' Many music critics write about the way in which Springsteen took the best of Phil Spector and merged it with the 60s garage bands and touches of Beach Boys, Four Seasons etc to recreate the sounds of old. Four hours later Bruce and his band delivered a note perfect, nine minute 'Jungleland' as I stood and marvelled at the beauty, the drama and the sheer wonder of this great song. I nudged my sister - we've been to his shows together on every tour since '81 - and said 'If that's not an orginal, I don't know what is.' And that's the beauty of this album. Yes, it nods to Spector and West Side Story, but no-one, not even Dylan, has written a masterpiece like 'Jungleland.' The title track is Springsteen's self-confessed 'shot at the title' and he claims it! The whole album is filled with drama, melody and some of the best music ever produced by Springsteen. 'Thunder Road' has always been a showstopper, while 'Backstreets' is almost unbearable in its intensity. It's one of the greatest albums of all time...and a true original.
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Initial post: 5 Dec 2009 03:26:08 GMT
Your description of Backstreets as "unbearable in its intensity" was apt. I find it difficult to sit still listening to this album - I have to get up and pace around due to the intensity of emotion this album generates. Glad to hear I'm not the only one!
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