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His worst album
on March 15, 2012
First time I have listened to a new Springsteen album and not wanted to hear even a single song again. Musically a mess. Loops, samples and electronic crap litter the songs creating an over produced cacophony of sound I haven't heard on a Springsteen album since the equally over produced Human Touch. Lyrically it is over simplistic and repetitive. Easy Money, Jack Of All Trades and Death To My Hometown have some of his worst lyrics in several albums. "You put out the dog, I'll put out the cat" or "I'll mow your lawn, clean the leaves out your drain I'll mend your roof to keep out the rain". These are the lyrics of the man who wrote Born To Run, Born In The USA and Long Walk Home? Sounds like something from a grade 3 poetry assignment.
The best 2 songs are the title track and Land Of Hope And Dreams, only because I know how good they could be. On the album he stripped any life and energy from the live versions and reduced them to the same dull monotone of the rest of the album.
I've never been so disappointed with a Springsteen album.