Posted by Andrew Zercie on January 30, 2009
I’m a big Springsteen fan. I picked up “Working on a Dream” on Tuesday and have listened to it about ten times at this point. Having 90 minutes alone in the car everyday helps a great deal when you want to break in new music. It’s a solid CD; I think some of the superlatives being tossed around by critics show that The Boss is pretty much critic-proof, because “Working on a Dream,” isn’t in the same ballpark as, say “The Rising,” which was filled with exceptional music and the emotional heft of the 9/11 tragedy shaping the lyrics and mood of the entire album. Still, “Working on a Dream,” is better than 90% of contemporary music being released. Not bad for a guy who’s been “bringing it” since the 1970s.
I don’t think I am going out on a limb when I say that, despite having time to play perhaps four songs on Sunday, the performance by Bruce Springsteen and the E Street Band during halftime of the Super Bowl will be the highlight of the night. Unless another David Tyree play takes place, of course.
The only potential downside to the performance is that, because it is meant for a worldwide audience and not die-hard fans, we’re likely going to hear the title cut from the new CD, along with three other mega-huge songs with cross-over appeal, like “Born in the USA.” Still, Vanilla Bruce is light years better than Vanilla Ice.
Word to ya motha.