Posted July 29th, 2012 10:35 AM IPtalk about big shoes to fill, it was questionable if the band would ever play the song again, or if they did would they just have a video of CC playing the solo during that part of the song, but Jake gets out there and pulls it off...
Posted August 1st, 2012 06:30 AM IPHaha, our treasurer is cooler than your treasurer!
Best day in recent Australian political history - our Treasurer posted a youtube video about Bruce! So the top story on all the media outlets has been about Bruce, too cool. PLUS, Mr. Swan gets bonus points for having 'Odds and Sods', 'The Last Waltz' and 'Nebraska' on vinyl.
Posted August 11th, 2012 02:32 PM IPIt's his opinion. Not one I agree with but he is entiled to it. Is Bruce as good as he was in 1975? No. But he is still a great performer and his albums are no longer guaranteed to be great, but your opinion of his last record is going to come down to which side of the line you sit on, and It's hardly surprising that an article in something called The New Republic is going to be critical.
That article is a hack job, the author sounds like he wants to be "edgy".
Some odd quotes from the article:
"In The Atlantic, in another one of his exercises in stenographic journalism, Jeffrey Goldberg accompanied Chris Christie to a Springsteen concert and recorded the boorish governor’s frenzy and its repercussions for contemporary conservatism. “We are in a luxury suite at the Prudential Center—the Rock—in downtown Newark, the sort of suite accessible only to the American plutocracy.” The lucky Jew!"
"He is Howard Zinn with a guitar."
"For me, it’s been downhill since Dion."
And then this quote:
"The musical decline of Bruce Springsteen has been obvious for decades. The sanctimony, the grandiosity, the utterly formulaic monumentality; the witlessness; the tiresome recycling of those anthemic figures, each time more preposterously distended; the disappearance of intimacy and the rejection of softness."