12 Songs, 50 Minutes

EDITORS’ NOTES

While the title track about a soldier at war synched with the then-current issue of the 2003 U.S. invasion of Iraq, many of the songs on Devils & Dust, Bruce Springsteen’s third album of near-acoustic ruminations (in the tradition of Nebraska and The Ghost of Tom Joad), were ones that Springsteen had kicked around for more than a decade. “Long Time Comin’” and “The Hitter” made appearances in his live set for the Joad tour. “Reno” is a graphic and affecting song about a man trying to lose his sorrow in the arms of a prostitute, to no avail. “Jesus Was an Only Son” has a spiritual grace, enhanced by piano and strings. “Maria’s Bed” aches with some of Springsteen’s most clenched vocals and a rhythm section redolent of early Rod Stewart. “All I’m Thinkin’ About” shuffles with the feel of an old blues. “All the Way Home” is a full-band blowout, with a dark snarl in the guitars that’s pure catharsis. Often overlooked, Devils & Dust is one of Bruce’s finest albums.

Parental Advisory: Explicit Lyrics. Mastered for iTunes

EDITORS’ NOTES

While the title track about a soldier at war synched with the then-current issue of the 2003 U.S. invasion of Iraq, many of the songs on Devils & Dust, Bruce Springsteen’s third album of near-acoustic ruminations (in the tradition of Nebraska and The Ghost of Tom Joad), were ones that Springsteen had kicked around for more than a decade. “Long Time Comin’” and “The Hitter” made appearances in his live set for the Joad tour. “Reno” is a graphic and affecting song about a man trying to lose his sorrow in the arms of a prostitute, to no avail. “Jesus Was an Only Son” has a spiritual grace, enhanced by piano and strings. “Maria’s Bed” aches with some of Springsteen’s most clenched vocals and a rhythm section redolent of early Rod Stewart. “All I’m Thinkin’ About” shuffles with the feel of an old blues. “All the Way Home” is a full-band blowout, with a dark snarl in the guitars that’s pure catharsis. Often overlooked, Devils & Dust is one of Bruce’s finest albums.

Parental Advisory: Explicit Lyrics. Mastered for iTunes
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Ratings and Reviews

4.1 out of 5
61 Ratings
61 Ratings
rebelaxe ,

excellent

not quite on par with ghost of tom joad or nebraska, but excellent all the same

Your blonde ,

I'm in tears again right now...

Bruce makes me feel emotions that I sometimes forget that I have and can feel...He can soften my lonely, hardened heart to tears with "Jesus Was an Only Son" and "Metamoras Banks
." ...I honestly can break out sobbing. Not kidding. He is the master ...Thank you, Bruce...I love you!!!

Jhoag ,

Still great

This album came out after the rising when people were starting to appreciate bruce again n then cus it didnt sound like n e street album people say its boring. In no way is this album boring its jus different n not an e street album thats y its not titled n the e street band. Great album imo. This n the rising helped me thru hard times. Good music u can feel in ur soul

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