Bruce Springsteen
The River


5.0
classic

Review

by derho USER (31 Reviews)
November 21st, 2012 | 13 replies | 1,091 views


Release Date: 1980 | Tracklist

Review Summary: And in that moment, I swear we were all blue collar workin' class types

2 of 2 thought this review was well written

When did I start loving Bruce Springsteen? This is the guy who can’t get over how and where he was born, whose name comes whenever the semi-hip adolescent plays some Arcade Fire in the car with his parents. When you turn on the River, it’s apparent why a musician like Springsteen can still seem respectable when he takes his band on tour, or, hell, plays the superbowl. While the youthful antics of bands like the Stones were bound to age, Springsteen’s work has been imbued with maturity and wisdom from the start.

The River is a lengthy double album, and it’s as much of an emotional roller-coaster as any good novel or film. You’ve got powerful anthems (The Ties That Bind), playful rockers (You Can Look), and truly touching sentimental pieces (Stolen Car), and every bit seems real. The success of such a sprawling endeavor rests on the one-two punch of impeccable pop craftsmanship and eloquent, relatable lyricisms.

Like any good American tribute album, as it undeniably is, it plays like a tour of the nation by highway, painting scenes of contrast, night and day, desolate and crowded. Bruce’s characters are from all over, but in the end, they’re all the same. Forced to get married in a courthouse on account of the economy, driven away from their homes on Independence Day, struggling to communicate in the shadow of forces out of their control. The genius of it is that he channels it all through an existential exuberance and love for life, even on the tougher numbers.

And we fall right in to his trap. When he wants us to feel, we feel. The tracks on the record that strike us the hardest are when the E Street Band are at their most dejected. We can feel the pain of our narrator in the title track, swooning for the past, simpler times long gone. And Stolen Car, man, that song ***in hits me hard. A true masterpiece in the field of break-up songs. When the stirring Wreck on the Highway comes along to end the album, we feel the emptiness and despair of that final open-road scene: American dreams shattered, left up to the whims of fate. But as the song draws to a close, the narrator holds his lover tighter. It means more now that he’s seen that Wreck on the Highway. If the simplicity and beauty of that musical statement doesn’t knock you off your feet, I just... It’s a great, great record.

10/10



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derho
November 20th 2012



307 Comments


lol no idea why those spaces between paragraphs disappeared.

foxblood
November 20th 2012



6797 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

dude a mbv review then a bruce review you fucking rule!!!!
and you reviewed loop holy shit i've had a loop review in the works for forever (of a gilded eternity)

by the way, i wouldn't post more than 1 review a day again, people get pissed

derho
November 20th 2012



307 Comments


sorry bro I'm bored. Makes sense though. I'll write em and keep em to myself to space them out. Thanks for the input.

NightProwler
November 21st 2012



6337 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

I like how you describe the album's feel, the emptiness, "that open road at the end"-thing, and so, but I feel more could have been done to improve this review (as you point it out yourself; the paragraphs). But yeah, this is definitely an amazing record.

Digging: Every Time I Die - From Parts Unknown

derho
November 21st 2012



307 Comments


Yeah the lack of paragraph spacing just kind of makes it look ugly. Thanks for the feedback

MichaelSnoxall
November 21st 2012



12163 Comments


album rules, yeah

NightmareCinema16
November 21st 2012



2016 Comments


Seems a tad biased.

GnFnRs87
November 21st 2012



499 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5 | Sound Off

Sweet review dude. Have a pos

Album is awesome but Born to Run and Darkness are better in my personal opinion but nothing Bruce has done is bad. Man is a genius

JackSparrow
November 21st 2012



1686 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

My dad always used to play Bruce Springsteen when I was younger and I never liked it. Now he's one of my favorite artists. Good album though I prefer Born to Run and Darkness on the Edge of Town. This has so many good songs though

KerfuffleinaHussle
November 21st 2012



758 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Title track is just a total classic.

Love this guy, he needs more recognition here on Sputnik!

foxblood
November 21st 2012



6797 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

yeah sputnik doesn't even know how to Bruce right

Chortles
November 21st 2012



17943 Comments


bruce rules

NightProwler
November 22nd 2012



6337 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

Bruce Almighty.

Lol, jk.

Born to Run is better than this, and this is probably tied with Darkness as 2nd for me. Most of his albums are awesome, though



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