Bruce Springsteen: Working on a Dream

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  • Outlaw Pete

  • ***½
  • An impressive and powerful western ballad and homage to the work of Ennio Morricone. It features all the stereotypical western elements, and is most certainly an ironic take on the subject.
  • My Lucky Day

  • ***½
  • An upbeat and really uplifting track. Lyrically certainly not his finest, but it has got a great rhythm to it.
  • Working on a Dream

  • ***½
  • The title track is one of the most optimist tracks on the album, and this is much to say. The only thing that is bothering is the whistling, which seems a bit silly.
  • Queen of the Supermarket

  • ****
  • This is a really cute declaration of love to the supermarket cashiers and a striking reflection on consumer society.
  • What Love Can Do

  • ***
  • This Life

  • **
  • Good Eye

  • ***
  • Tomorrow Never Knows

  • **½
  • Life Itself

  • ***
  • This song reminds a lot of his masterpiece "The River", and could be a kind of remake of it.
  • Kingdom of Days

  • **
  • Surprise, Surprise

  • ***
  • Again a lyrically mediocre track, but with an impressive rhythm and vocal performance to it.
  • The Last Carnival

  • ****
  • One of the finest tracks on the album, "The Last Carnival" is a lyrically and instrumentally appealing song.
  • The Wrestler

  • ****½
  • The album closes with one of the greatest songs Bruce Springsteen has written in the last two decades. While the whole album doesn´t entirely feel like a Springsteen-oeuvre, "The Wrestler" epitomizes all we love about Springsteen.
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  • So far, this is a very solid album. It isn´t quite as catchy or inspiring as ´Magic´, his 2007-album, was, but it still seems better than 95% of what other music artists do. Highlight of the album is "The Wrestler", song to the eponymous film by Darren Aronofsky, starring Mickey Rourke. The latter seems like the perfect figure head to Springsteen´s new oeuvre and to the US, an enfeebled, but convalescing figure. At least if we believe Bruce´s seismographic predictions.
  • Album rating: ***
Author Comments: 

*****: classic
** 1/2: average
0 = awful

Interesting..

I haven't heard the whole thing yet, I'm waiting until I get the CD (hopefully Monday).

I have heard the title track though, and really like it.