Bruce Springsteen, The River (1980)
Of all the Bruce Springsteen albums this is the one I’ve tried the hardest to fall in love with – but I just keep hearing a double-stuffed, overly long set of pub-rock jam that don’t have the necessary pay-off. Sure, there are some good songs. Absolutely. Including a couple of really great, incongruous, pop songs. (Hungry Heart might be the best upbeat song about having an affair ever). In the end – for me – it’s that classic thing of this being a better single disc than a double album; it’s not even a particularly long double-album either. Lots of songs, but short songs. If it was reduced down to 12-15 it would be pretty good. But as it stands it’s longwinded. I’m not in much of a Springsteen frame of mind of late though. So that’s not helping at all.
Sample Track: Two Hearts
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