Tuesday, January 20, 2009

Should the Boss retire?

If a tree falls in the woods and you're a middle-aged man wearing ear muffs inside a large house, will you hear the noise?

You can listen to Bruce Springsteen's new album here.

I listened to Bruce's new album and my oh my is it boring. I know I was down on Magic, but this one's worse. There are at least 5 very dull songs on the album: My Lucky Day, What Love Can Do, Tomorrow Never Knows, Kingdom Of Days, & Surprise Surprise. This Life Is is worse than bland. I think it's supposed to be meaningful, but it's vaguely nothing.

No song on this album is as good Devil's Arcade from the last. The Wrestler is the best offering here, but I sort of didn't mind: Outlaw Pete, Working on a Dream, Queen of the Supermarket, Life Itself (got the free download) & The Last Carnival.

America's still involved in wars in the Middle East & central Asia, but that doesn't seem to have inspired Bruce. The world's economy is falling apart, but that doesn't seem to have inspired Bruce. There's a young man taking over in Washington (for whom Bruce campaigned) and that doesn't seem to have inspired Bruce. It's as if he's just too married, too middle-aged, too contented to write great songs these days.