Category Archives: Bruce Springsteen

My City of Ruins

From 1973 on, Bruce Springsteen's career trajectory was more or less upward. Yes, his first album tanked after an over the top and ill-advised advertising campaign, and his second album did no better, despite showing significant artistic growth and garnering … Continue reading

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My Best Was Never Good Enough

Bruce Springsteen's 1995 album The Ghost of Tom Joad was an odd creature. Largely acoustic during an era of loud rock music—much as Nebraska was an (almost) entirely acoustic collection released during the heyday of British synth-pop—it was his only … Continue reading

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My Beautiful Reward

By the time spring 1992 rolled around, Bruce Springsteen hadn't been the biggest name in rock and roll for five or six years. Nevermind, Ten, Achtung Baby, Blood Sugar Sex Magik and Metallica's black album had all been released, as well as Use Your … Continue reading

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Pony Boy

Human Touch's closing song, "Pony Boy," is perhaps the oddest Bruce Springsteen had yet released—and considering some of its peers, that's stiff competition—and, in retrospect, the way he approached closing songs seems to have changed with this track and this … Continue reading

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“lyrical dissonance”

So Max had to bring a short piece of music, roughly thirty seconds or so, into her first college computer class—some sort of music programming course—and explain why she liked it. It could be just a small excerpt from a … Continue reading

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Valentine’s Day

Context is everything.  I've found that to be a pretty good rule of thumb, in general, but when it comes to Bruce Springsteen's music, especially so. Springsteen himself seemed to recognize this, as illustrated in a story told by Dave … Continue reading

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My Hometown

Bruce Springsteen has spoken before about how much attention he paid to the sequencing of his albums, the need for strong statements of purpose on "the four corners"—that is, the first and last song on each side of vinyl. While … Continue reading

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