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Working on a Dream (Deluxe Version) Limited Edition, CD+DVD

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  • Audio CD (Jan. 27 2009)
  • Number of Discs: 2
  • Format: Limited Edition, CD+DVD
  • Label: Sony Music
  • ASIN: B001L5SXQG
  • In-Print Editions: Audio CD  |  LP Record
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars 6 customer reviews
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #35,978 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)
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Disc: 1
1. Outlaw Pete
2. My Lucky Day
3. Working On A Dream
4. Queen Of The Supermarket
5. What Love Can Do
6. This Life
7. Good Eye
8. Tomorrow Never Knows
9. Life Itself
10. Kingdom Of Days
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Disc: 2
1. My Lucky Day (Video Version)
2. Queen Of The Supermarket (Studio Sessions)
3. Kingdom Of Days (Studio Sessions)
4. Tomorrow Never Knows/What Love Can Do/This Life (Studio Sessions)
5. Life Itself (Studio Sessions)
6. Working On A Dream
7. The Last Carnival (Video Version)
8. End Credits
9. A Night With The Jersey Devil (Video Version)

Product Description

Limited CD/DVD edition includes a bonus DVD that contains 30 minutes of behind-the-scenes footage on the making of the album. 2009 album by one of the finest American songwriters of his generation. Working on a Dream was recorded with the E Street Band and features 12 new Springsteen compositions plus a bonus track: 'The Wrestler'. . It is the fourth collaboration between Springsteen and Brendan O'Brien, who produced and mixed the album. Springsteen also wrote an eponymous song for Darren Aronofsky's 2008 film The Wrestler. The song, also titled 'The Wrestler' won the Golden Globe Award for Best Original Song. SBME. 2009.

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Format: Audio CD
I wish Working on a Dream was as good as it should be. I wish Bruce Springsteen recording while in between tour breaks created a vibrant, energized set of songs that felt infected with the rush of his live performances. I wish I could, but I'd be working too hard to believe that, the truth is this is a depressingly average album missing Springsteen's previous perfectionist streak.

On Born to Run's 25th Anniversary DVD Springsteen acknowledged that he worked very hard on lyrics to avoid falling into cliché on that record. On Working on a Dream his songs can't avoid falling into that trap. Queen of the Supermarket is the best example of this as the lyrics just don't dance the tightrope of sounding like an authentic slice of life tune that zeroes in on our quiet daily crushes. Instead Bruce spouts some truly awful lines like 'each night I take my groceries and I drift away.' Really Bruce, did you wander down to the Wal-Mart in between tour stops?

In between such cringe inducing moments Springsteen does give us a solid track or two. Outlaw Pete gets the album off to a great start as this eight minute epic is a great showcase of Springsteen's grandiose abilities that he showed off on Born To Run. It gives the album the sort of large scale beginning that Thunder Road did. The rest of the CD however, never even attempts to climb such heights and jumps by with very few memorable moments. The real problem may be the rushed nature of the recording sessions. Springsteen usually takes his time in between records but Working on a Dream comes very quickly on the heels of 2007's Magic. Great Springsteen songs feel like a lot of work has been put into them.
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The Boss has been a busy man as of late. Written directly after the 2008 Magic sessions, Working on a Dream is an epic collection that brings together themes of unrequited love, personal tragedy and salvation, and a refreshing, optimistic reflection on getting older. Like Magic, Dream relies heavily on overdubs and the E-Street Band bring their A-game, playing to whatever Springsteen and producer Brendan O'Brien can throw at them. Easily the best track is the seven-minute saga "Outlaw Pete". Musically, "Pete" contains everything from dramatic strings, bright bells, searing organ pulls and a final gutsy guitar squeal that could be Outlaw Pete's final roar as he rides through the prairies. After 16 albums, Springsteen has his formula down. There are pretty, rock-pop songs ("Kingdom of Days" and "Surprise, Surprise"), a blues number ("Good Eye") and refrained folk thinkers ("The Wrestler" and "This Life"). As with most Springsteen records, it ends leaving you wanting more and the final track, "The Last Carnival", doesn't disappoint. "Carnival" is a touching eulogy for E-Street member Dan Federici; beginning with a circus loop and a set of dry acoustic guitars, it segues brilliantly into a heavenly choir crying out for their fallen brother.
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I enjoyed Bruce's bid to craft a Brian Wilson-style pop song on MAGIC's "Girls in Their Summer Clothes," but that was one stylistic indulgence on an otherwise traditional-sounding Springsteen album; throughout WORKING ON A DREAM, though, he sounds like someone trying awfully hard to sound like anyone but himself, as if to demonstrate that, like Billy Joel or Elton John, he can adopt any musical style and produce something catchy. That may be true, but it's a formulaic approach to songwriting and the final creation becomes more about 'product' than passion.

In that vein, then, we find Bruce mining the sound of The Mamas and the Papas and The Beach Boys (again!) with "This Life," early Elvis ("Tomorrow Never Knows"), and Roy Orbison (the title cut). On "Surprise Surprise" we even get a snatch of Bobby Sherman! All these songs are exquisitely crafted and executed with typical E-Street efficiency, but none are very personal, and Springsteen's greatest gift has always been his ability to make music his audience can relate to. The three-star rating I have given this release is really a nod to the crackling musicianship of the E-Street Band on display here; the songs themselves are kind of...weird ("Queen of the Supermarket?!"). Even opening rouser "Outlaw Pete," for all its epic production, sounds like the theme to a western parody; is Bruce just having us on?

Upon first listen, I can't tell if he's serious or not...
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