January 11, 2014
The Promise - Bruce Springsteen
|Santa Barbara, CA - January 2014|
I was out of town on business most of the week, so I didn't get much listening in, and this long album of also-rans doesn't provide much to work with. For the most part the arrangements fall back on Bruce's perfunctory trademark sound - every thinning of texture is a setup for the next goose of energy. The songs that stood out for me were the one's in which he stepped out of his usual mold: the surfer-rock Candy's Boy, the Elvis-impersonator version of Fire, and Ain't Good Enough For You.