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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