I was going to write a proper review of Working on a Dream, the new Bruce Springsteen album out today, but I feel like shit and I have places to go this evening, so a few quick notes will have to do. Maybe I’ll do a more thorough write-up on it later.
It’s a good album, particularly “Outlaw Pete,” the operatic western that opens things up, the romantic and bittersweet “Kingdom of Days,” and “Queen of the Supermarket,” a song almost too sweet and sincere, if such a thing is possible.
There’s also “The Wrestler,” included as an encore, from the soundtrack of the film of the same name. It’s a really good song, one that evokes in me, as a lifelong pro wrestling fan, a powerful feeling of guilt, particularly when he sings the line “bet I can make you smile when the blood it hits the floor.”
Why I’m on the subject, how the fuck was “The Wrestler” not nominated for an Oscar for Best Original Song? This one and the title song from Gran Torino were left out, which is a really puzzling oversight considering that the maximum amount of nominees per category is five, and only three songs were nominated. Is “snubbing the obvious favorites” the theme at this year’s show or what?
This one’s a good album. I’ve only listened to it a little, so I’m not sure where it fits in with the Springsteen discography as a whole. I found it less of a throwback to his early days than Magic, his previous release, though lots of reviews I’ve read think the exact opposite is true. Nothing’s bad, though I’m not that taken with “What Love Can Do,” which just kinda sits there and repeats itself. It’s a bigger, slicker sound than Bruce has come out with in awhile. The title track in particular sounds more like The Killers doing Springsteen than something by the man himself, but that’s not a bad thing. I dig The Killers when they decide to play like a rock band.