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The River (2CD)
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|1. Point Blank - Bruce Springsteen|
|2. Cadillac Ranch - Bruce Springsteen|
|3. I'm A Rocker - Bruce Springsteen|
|4. Fade Away - Bruce Springsteen|
|5. Stolen Car - Bruce Springsteen|
|6. Ramrod - Bruce Springsteen|
|7. The Price You Pay|
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Two CD set. 1980 album from the singer, songwriter and Rock icon The River is a double album opus that alternates between fun rockers like 'Hungry Heart', 'Two Hearts', 'Sherry Darling' and 'Cadillac Ranch' and such weighty ballads as 'Pointblank', 'Independence Day', 'Stolen Car' and the title track.
Despite the acclaim accorded Born to Run and Darkness on the Edge of Town, this is the album that broke Springsteen into the big leagues, thanks to "Hungry Heart," then his most pointedly commercial song; it had new fans swooning but some old ones grumbling for the "poetic" Springsteen of days gone by. Not to worry--though more economical lyrically, The River had something to offer nearly everyone: There's old-time frat rock ("Sherry Darling"), empathetic character studies ("The River," "Stolen Car," "Independence Day"), passionate rockers ("Out in the Street"), dramatic ballads ("Point Blank"), and even a couple of good-natured goofs ("Cadillac Ranch," "Crush on You," "Ramrod"). A sprawling double-disc set, The River offers proof that Springsteen could do it all and could do it better than virtually anyone else. --Daniel Durchholz
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The Ties That Bind, Sherry Darling and Hungry Heart are passionate rockers, while Independence Day is a mournful ballad full of memories and regret. Point Black is a slow ballad, whilst Cadillac Ranch and I'm A Rocker are blistering slabs of energetic rock. Fade Away is a slow and anguished ballad with beautiful piano work and a stirring arrangement, while the sad and fragile Stolen Car almost sounds like something from Nebraska.
Traditional rock 'n roll rears its pulsating head on Ramrod, while the next three songs all have cars and driving as their theme: The Price You Pay is sombre and melancholic, Drive All Night sad and soulful, and this masterpiece of an album concludes with the sorrowful Wreck On The Highway, one of Springsteen's most moving songs. In its dignified resignation, acceptance and the renewed appreciation for loved ones that it inspires it reminds me of Lou Reed's The Bed or Song For My Father by The Angels Of Light.
The River is such a great album that it's almost too much to digest all these wonderful songs in one uninterrupted listening session.
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hadn't heard it in 10 years or so except for the ones that made it to other records. Awesome work from Bruce at the height of his creativity.Published 23 months ago by Ken Bossy
This collection of songs marks a return to when Rock n Roll was more fun. It is balanced by songs that probe into the sadder side of relationships that fail to bring fulfillment. Read morePublished on June 20 2011 by Douglas MacRae
I loved this album when it came out and it does have a lot of great songs. "Two Hearts", "Drive All Night" and "Stolen Car" (though I prefer the Tracks version) are just three. Read morePublished on March 1 2009 by Harris Macklin
i cannot believe the bad reviews this album has had! i love it.
i first heard it back in the '70s & was in love with "drive all night" & "point... Read more
i really like springsteen, but am not a "bruce can do no wrong" type of fan, and after listening to a borrowed copy of "the River" recently i gotta say this is... Read morePublished on June 13 2004 by M. Crider