14 Songs, 58 Minutes

EDITORS’ NOTES

Having disbanded The E Street Band to see what he could come up with on his own in the ‘90s, Bruce Springsteen explored smoother rock and pop. Keyboardist Roy Bittan stayed, adding warm synthetic textures to the insightful title track and the positively heartstopping “I Wish I Were Blind,” where one can hear the skies open in the final return as Bruce sings: “And though the world is filled with the grace and beauty of God’s hand/Oh I wish I were blind.” Sam Moore of Sam & Dave adds backing vocals to “Soul Driver,” “Real World,” and “Man’s Job.” Mark Isham puts his trademark trumpet phrasing to the irresistible “With Every Wish.” “Cross My Heart” pulses like a film noir. “Gloria’s Eyes” features flashes of Springsteen’s underrated guitar work. Yet the lack of The E Street Band impacts the overall feel, and songs such as “The Long Goodbye,” “Man’s Job,” and “All or Nothin’ at All,” while plenty strong, miss the group’s identity.

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EDITORS’ NOTES

Having disbanded The E Street Band to see what he could come up with on his own in the ‘90s, Bruce Springsteen explored smoother rock and pop. Keyboardist Roy Bittan stayed, adding warm synthetic textures to the insightful title track and the positively heartstopping “I Wish I Were Blind,” where one can hear the skies open in the final return as Bruce sings: “And though the world is filled with the grace and beauty of God’s hand/Oh I wish I were blind.” Sam Moore of Sam & Dave adds backing vocals to “Soul Driver,” “Real World,” and “Man’s Job.” Mark Isham puts his trademark trumpet phrasing to the irresistible “With Every Wish.” “Cross My Heart” pulses like a film noir. “Gloria’s Eyes” features flashes of Springsteen’s underrated guitar work. Yet the lack of The E Street Band impacts the overall feel, and songs such as “The Long Goodbye,” “Man’s Job,” and “All or Nothin’ at All,” while plenty strong, miss the group’s identity.

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Ratings and Reviews

4.0 out of 5
52 Ratings
52 Ratings
Johnny99inLA ,

Really good for anybody else, ok for Bruce

Big fan here. I'm probably more patient w/ this period of Bruce's catalog than some other die hards. However, tracks "Human Touch" and "With Every Wish" sit among his best. The first is a great rocker that I think of being the "shoulda-happened-but-never-did" duet with Tina Turner, and the second is unlike anything, musically, he's ever done, a stunning song. He admits "Real World" is the "one that got away." "Blind" and "57" are worthwhile as well. Now move on to the Lucky Town CD.

MusicHero24 ,

i LOVE this album

Might not be Born to Run or BITUSA. But has a good collections of songs like Human Touch, With Every Wish, and I Wish I Were Blind.

Powers7077 ,

You are off your gourd

As Springsteen said, it was time to write about the main course of life - not the dazzling but ultimately distant subject matter of his (admittedly brilliant) intellectual material. This album delivers. Sex, power, emotion, powerlessness, wonder, hope - if you are not somebody that simply needs to encounter ideas through the experience of off-beat characters, this album is a triumph.

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