Thursday, September 27, 2007

Livin' in the Future

Song: Livin' in the Future
Artist: Bruce Springsteen
Album: Magic

Thank goodness for Bruce Springsteen. Once again ‘The Boss’ returns with the E Street Band to rock out once again (after the subdued “Devils & Dust” and “We Shall Overcome: The Seeger Sessions”) as they did for the amazing post 9/11 album “The Rising.” Once again he brings the furor, and while “Magic” doesn’t have the thematic weight that brought “The Rising” together in the end, it’s just another collection of sing-a-long E Street rave-ups that you can imagine being sung by thousands of fans in an arena. Or you in your car.

I have not totally followed Bruce’s career and discography, but I must say… I love all that I own. “Born in the U.S.A.” is an album that might get lost in 80’s pro-U.S.A. nostalgia, but it is way better than that. And absolutely holds up today. I loved “The Rising” as well, and specifically the song “You’re Missing” which in five minutes sums up the shock, horror, and aftermath of what took place at the Twin Towers. Despite being drawn to his more upbeat work, that song is an absolute winner, and while equally great, I think “My City in Ruins” got more attention. (On a recent pass-bye of a 9/11 memorial at Seventh Avenue and Greenwich Street, I noticed a painted tile that simply had an image of the towers and the title to the song below; “You’re Missing.” Pretty powerful.)

“Livin’ in the Future” is another great Springsteen track, and “Magic” is filled with them. Bruce is currently playing a handful of warm-up shows in NJ to prepare for his upcoming tour to apparently rave reviews. I need to see this guy live before he stops touring!


First Single from Magic: Radio Nowhere

A favorite from The Rising: “Waiting on a Sunny Day” (live)

And “You’re Missing” on SNL

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