Tuesday, January 31, 2012
Bruce Springsteen "The River" (1980)
This is where Springsteen starts to lose the plot. Or at least for half the album. If this were split into two albums, one could be a precursor to "Nebraska", while the other would be the precursor to "Born in the USA". The "Nebraska" style material is still top notch. The rest... well, let's just say that it's interesting how those songs seemed to create a template for mediocre 80s rock. We have big big big drum sounds and cloying keyboard fills. Lyrically he shifts from small narratives into anthemic material. It's worth it for the better material, but some of this is just hard to listen to.