January 28, 2009

To finish off my review from last night:

I love the new songs, I’ll just elaborate on a few that stick out to me (today)

In the song “Good Eye” I see and hear Reverend Bruce, the Minister of Rock and Roll in his preacher style that he does so well. After all he sometimes tells his audience ''I'm gonna regenerate you! I'm gonna re-liberate you with the power and the promise, the power and the promise, the POWER and the PROMISE — the majesty, the mystery, the ministry of rock & roll!''

Life Itself” is my favorite because it pulls at my heart. Sad love songs are the soundtrack to my life and Bruce finds a way to make even a tragic longing for a love of a lost and ruined lover seem beautiful.

As Jeff pointed out in a comment below, “Queen of the Supermarket” is a fun song. It got mixed reviews. It’s a cute, fun song of irony. It’s the first time Bruce has ever used the “F” word in a song. He says “it blows this whole f*cking world apart”. I was a bit surprised, but not disappointed.

The Wrestler”. Okay, I love this song. I love it for the same reason I loved “Streets of Philadelphia”. The feeling of the movie comes across so perfectly – without effort. You feel it…you feel the despair, the challenge, the surrender and acceptance of being “less than”, the feeling of giving it all for the game and the audience….

6 comments:

Starrlight said...

The Wrestler is an incredible song =)

Fred said...

I have satellite radio in my car, and XM just added the "E Street Radio" channel. I'm in heaven.

Southern (in)Sanity said...

I had not heard about this new album to the point of purchasing it, but I'll definitely check it out after reading this.

Bond said...

My review is up....

Charlie said...

Does everyone have to use the "F" Bomb these days? Bruce is cool enough that he doesn't need to say it to make himself look cool. It may actually stop me from buying the CD.

Barbara(aka Layla) said...

Charlie, I know what you mean. But first I have to ask...have you heard the song? Its very subtle and natural. Now, I have to admit that it like it or not, the f-bomb has become much less shocking and more acceptable as time goes on. I personally stopped using it for decades and find myself using it again these days not because of its shock value or because its a crude word, but its become a useful descriptive word that is commonly used. I would love to start a conversation on this. Maybe I'll do a post....

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