New Springsteen Album "Western Stars" June 14*

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  1. johnny 99

    johnny 99 Down On Main Street

    I really like "Wrecking Ball" and "High Hopes".
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  2. Davido

    Davido Forum Resident

    Neil even covered Bruce and it didn't help! That was one of the Neil albums I passed on. But his release of albums is so prolific that it's easy to skip a few NY albums and hope for the best.
  3. Python

    Python Forum Resident

    S.F. Bay Area
    Just pulling from my iTunes, album rating based on the average of my individual song ratings:

    Human Touch - 2/5
    Lucky Town - 4/5
    Joad - 2/5
    Rising 3/5
    D&D 2/5
    Magic 4/5
    WOAD 3/5
    Wrecking Ball 2/5
    High Hopes 2/5
    American Beauty 1/5

    In looking at these, some surprise me; if you ask me offhand, I'd say I don't really like The Rising or WOAD, as they each have some cringe-inducing terrible songs ("Waiting On A Sunny Day," "Mary's Place," "Let's Be Friends," "Queen Of The Supermarket," "Surprise, Surprise") but I guess those are balanced enough by the really good songs that made it on ("Nothing Man," "Empty Sky," "What Love Can Do," "Life Itself," "Last Carnival").

    Personally, I think Wrecking Ball is mostly awful (and talk about cringe-inducing--"Rocky Ground" is so bad), yet it has one of his greatest songs, "Wrecking Ball" itself. I think High Hopes largely stinks, yet I really like "Down In The Hole" and "The Wall." And American Beauty may be the only album (that I've rated, at least) with a collective one-star rating, though it is only a four-song EP.

    Just one fan's opinion...I'm cautiously optimistic about the new one, though that's based solely on how much I like the first single, so I could still very easily disappoint. We shall see...
  4. davebush

    davebush New Test Leper

    Fonthill, ON
    "Gimme a second, Clinch. Had too much coffee."

  5. adm62

    adm62 Senior Member

    Toronto, Canada
    I think Rocky Ground is really good. I like Wrecking Ball more than the average fan it seems.
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  6. adm62

    adm62 Senior Member

    Toronto, Canada
    Well then, I'm a Welsh cousin of yours. It's perfectly fine to knock anything that he does, but some are intent to knock everything he does, somehow he appears to have done them wrong.

    And they repeat themselves a lot, say things over and over again, endless repetition,go on and on repeatedly ....
  7. Dr. Zoom

    Dr. Zoom Forum Resident

    Monmouth County NJ
    I honestly completely forgot he released that EP.
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  8. mtruslow

    mtruslow Forum Resident

    Towson, Maryland
    I completely agree. New Dylan or Springsteen is a highlight for me along with a new Son Volt or Wilco. As long as Springsteen or Dylan keep making music I’m buying!
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  9. Efus

    Efus Forum Resident

    Its also a perfect example of why Springsteen enjoys and celebrates his Italian roots more than his Irish ones.
    The Italian side celebrated life and family, the Irish side was depressed, sullen, and beaten down dwelling on the negativity of life.
    You're spot on.
  10. musicaner

    musicaner Forum Resident

    its not that hes not as good as he was back in the 70s and 80s, its that hes been holding bad since.
    if all of the new album has the Hello Sunshine vibe then im probably going to like this record, more so than any album since I dont know when.
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  11. hardknox

    hardknox Forum Resident


    Nice boots. :cool:
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  12. OptimisticGoat

    OptimisticGoat Everybody's escapegoat....

    Am I correct in thinking that John Wayne couldn't ride a horse? And is the quite large U.S. Country Music Industry still populated solely by singing cowboys and cowgirls or cow-persons? I always thought it was a style of music with associated imaging?
  13. OptimisticGoat

    OptimisticGoat Everybody's escapegoat....

    Nice boots. :cool:[/QUOTE]
    He's being sun-safe.
  14. OptimisticGoat

    OptimisticGoat Everybody's escapegoat....

    I am just glad he has never tried to put out Darkness Mark II or The River Mark II. He has had the good sense to move on and try to grow. Happy to agree that its hit and miss but at least he is not the caricature of himself you seem to want him to be. I also doubt you will ever acknowledge that WS is great (if it is). It would undermine so much of what you have posted. Having said that, you know your stuff and give some really good insights. Keep it coming...
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  15. moonshiner

    moonshiner Forum Resident

    Human Touch - 2/5
    Lucky Town - 2/5
    Joad - 3/5
    Rising 3/5
    D&D 1/5
    Magic 2/5
    WOAD 3/5
    Wrecking Ball 2/5
    High Hopes 1/5
    American Beauty 1/5
  16. Mfj55

    Mfj55 Forum Resident

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  17. Dbstay

    Dbstay Senior Member

    In my opinion "Life Itself" is a small masterpiece, I really love this song.
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  18. Randy5554

    Randy5554 Forum Resident

    Birmingham, AL
    So that’s why he loves a lonely town, with empty streets and no one around.
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  19. Dr. Zoom

    Dr. Zoom Forum Resident

    Monmouth County NJ
    That could be true about John Wayne, I’m not sure.
    The US country music industry nowadays is populated mainly by guys with tattoos singing about the joys of riding around in pickup trucks,drinking beer and eating fried chicken. I suspect most of them have never been on a horse.
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  20. INSW

    INSW Forum Resident

    So John Wayne couldn't ride a horse except for the ones in the movies and on his personal ranch?
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  21. OptimisticGoat

    OptimisticGoat Everybody's escapegoat....

    Happy to be pictured in a Stetson with a pick up and a horse in the background though? So authentic!
  22. OptimisticGoat

    OptimisticGoat Everybody's escapegoat....

    You tell me. He apparently played a mean cowboy though?
  23. INSW

    INSW Forum Resident

    There's literally a hundred hours of video, public and private, of the guy riding a horse.
  24. OptimisticGoat

    OptimisticGoat Everybody's escapegoat....

    Look - somehow only Springsteen gets lambasted for being wealthy as a result of how well he has identified with mainstream USA. It is not hypocritical to empathise with a character or fictionalise a character when writing a song, book or film. So many examples of that. I grew up working class.
    Much of what he writes about rings true.
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  25. OptimisticGoat

    OptimisticGoat Everybody's escapegoat....

    So he was a cowboy? Or was that 30+
    years of film?

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