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Bruce Springsteen – The River – Stephen Skory
Bruce Springsteen – The River

Bruce Springsteen – The River

The River, by Bruce Springsteen, is a double album that reached the number one spot 30 years ago this week. Springsteen is one of my favorites, he ranks second in my list of number of plays on Last.fm, behind the Beatles.

I can't say that this is one of my favorite Springsteen albums, but I don't dislike it. It's the beginning of the path to Nebraska, an album I definitely have to be in the right mood to listen to. I think that's why this album isn't quite what I normally want out of Springsteen. I generally want upbeat, rocking songs out of Springsteen, and this only partially delivers. But, I'm comparing Springsteen with Springsteen, and all Springsteen in my opinion is better than most contemporary popular music (e.g. recent Black Eyed Peas). Which is to say that, this album should be listened to, unless, of course, you have bad taste in music and actually like current popular music (e.g. Justin Bieber).

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5 thoughts on “Bruce Springsteen – The River

  1. I had intended to pull an example from the current billboard top 10 list to refute your claim that contemporary popular music sucks, but alas I found a Mariah Carey Christmas album there.

  2. However, you might find that neither the Black Eyed Peas nor Justin Beiber made it on to the Billboard top 10 albums! I don’t know about #1 or #2 but Matt & Kim and Kings of Leon (#3 and #4) are pretty awesome. Check it out!

  3. But right now he’s all the way down at #18. I was mistakenly looking at Digital Albums. Not that much different, though. It will be interesting to see the ratio of stuff you like to stuff you don’t like from 30 years ago. I think we tend to remember the good stuff and forget about the crap.

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