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New Springsteen- "Letter to You"

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  1. Ecadad

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    Bruce announced a new album with the E Street Band coming in October and released the first single:



    Article about the upcoming album, also titled "Letter to You":

    https://www.rollingstone.com/music/...ew-rock-album-with-the-e-street-band-1057419/


    “I love the emotional nature of Letter To You,” he said in a statement. “And I love the sound of the E Street Band playing completely live in the studio, in a way we’ve never done before, and with no overdubs. We made the album in only five days, and it turned out to be one of the greatest recording experiences I’ve ever had.”
     
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    Great song in my humble opinion.
     
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    Nice.
     
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    Some of the clunkiest lyrics I've ever heard.
    Sunshine and rain...happiness and pain?
    Was he going through his high school notebook?
    There's a clunker earlier in the song, too...I only heard it once on the radio.
     
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    Was it rhyming “blood” with “good”?
     
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    First listen didn't love it. It may grow on me, or not. Since The River I've never really dug the stuff Bruce puts out at the potential "hit single", but I've liked a number of the albums and deeper cuts. So I won't judge this too harshly, but not a great first impression. Whereas there's that new Petty tune from the coming expanded Wildflowers release that had me at hello. I love Bruce, but it's been a good long time since I was really excited about any of his new music and this doesn't feel like an exception...

    -Ray
     
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    What happened to Miami Steve’s neck?
     
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    It's Springsteen. Kind of written on the label.
     
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    It's been a long time since Darkness...............for my tastes at least.
     
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    Currently listening to the full album - really strong outing, IMO. I love that it's basically just a live recording in the studio, with just a few overdubs of solos.
    Strong points (on first listen): Burnin' Train, Janey Needs A Shooter, Last Man Standing, Rainmaker, If I Was The Priest, Ghosts, Song For The Orphans.
    Long-time Boss fans will recognize Janey and Priest as two tune written before Greetings was released. Good to see them find the light of day.
     
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    heard it a few days back, hard pass.
    typical overly self-indulgent and self-important overblown delusional grandiosity

    Thank goodness for the upcoming AC/DC release in about a month
     
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    Hope it's better than their last couple. They weren't gawdawful, but there was nothing special about them.
     
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    Agreed.
    The one song I heard make me think it would've sat nicely amongst the "Flick of the Switch" album, so that's encouraging.
    Also supposedly alot of malcolm's ideas and even some of his recordings of those were used for this new release
     
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    Janey Needs A Shooter, that could be a Warren Zevon lyric.
     
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    Actually, it's an old tune from around 1970-71 that Bruce didn't totally finish. But as the story goes, Warren loved the title, and was inspired to write Jeannie Needs A Shooter. He got Bruce's OK first, and I believe Bruce actually helped him a little finishing it up.
     
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    Now that the whole album is out, I'm really digging some of it. Janey Needs A Shooter may be from 1971, but it sounds like it could have been an outtake from Darkness. If I Was The Priest is one of the best new Springsteen songs I've heard in a good long time. Parts of Ghost have really grown on me and other parts, not so much. Songs for Orphans is great, sounds kind of like one of the songs he wrote for Southside Johnny. The couple of slow acoustic songs are worming their way into my head - they're not totally home yet, but Nebraska and Tom Joad both took a while too, and I love those albums. The title track still isn't doing anything for me, but I'm getting used to it - outside chance I'll end up liking it. But I've listened to the whole thing through a few times now and there's nothing I really feel the need to skip over. I mean for age 70, it's damn good. Who knows how long any of them will be able to do it, but they still can now.

    -Ray
     
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    The album is really growing on me. I think it's fantastic.
     
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    Honestly, those lyrics are so generic they could have been written by a random sentence generator.
     
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