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Thursday, February 02, 2012

Bruce Springsteen -- The Wild, the Innocent & the E Street Shuffle


Springsteen's sophmore effort is thicker and a bit darker than its predecessor. Though two songs shorter, it's ten minutes longer.  He doesn't abandon any of the sounds from his debut, but adds a little more guitar effect on some songs and really more of everything considering all but three of the tracks are more than seven minutes long.  While this gives Bruce a bigger canvas to paint his stories, some of these songs undoubtedbly do go on a bit too long.  Though the energy rarely flags, it's clear that this album would have made a better forty minute listen than forty-eight. TWTIATESS (why is it so fun to do that?) does pay off almost every flagging moment, though, and rounds out solidly. 
One of the best things to come out of this album is the last minute of this video.  Does this even happen to the Bieber? Would the Bieber play it this smoothly? (Also, more bands should be bi-racial. RIP Clarence)

1973 Columbia
1. The E Street Shuffle 4:31
2. 4th of July, Asbury Park (Sandy) 5:36
3. Kitty's Back 7:09
4. Wild Billy's Circus Story 4:47
5. Incident on 57th Street 7:45
6. Rosalita (Come Out Tonight) 7:04
7. New York City Serenade 9:55

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