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Posted by Craig on 05:51:00 AM in Music
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I'm not a BS hater. In the mid 70's I owned and enjoyed his albums through Born to Run. After that, I found his work to be formulaic, boring and trending towards mawkish. Not to mention his politics. Ugh. Nowadays I find his voice and vein-popping style grating and unpleasant.
So,not every Boomer thinks he's the greatest artist of his generation. But it's completely a question of personal taste. I like vanilla ice cream; others like chocolate. That's cool with me.
Joe R. |
September 20, 2013 at 08:50 AM
Bruce's (early) music came at time that needed it - mid 70s, financial and cultural depression. It fit and it rocked. Born in the USA (album) was when he left all that and became a parody of himself. Great talent, but post-BITUSA, he worked too hard to become Bono.
Plus, he has a face you just want to punch.
September 20, 2013 at 09:39 AM
Tail-end boomer myself, but I've always hated springsteen with a burning passion. Even before I despied him for his politics, his music was always like a kidney stone in my urethra. But that's just me.
Mr Evilwrench |
September 20, 2013 at 10:40 AM
The author spends the entire article explaining why Springsteen is amazing and why other people just don't "get" him like she does.
When I listen to his songs, it just doesn't do anything for me. I don't know why people take music so personally. Quit using other people's creativity to define your personality.
Steve S |
September 20, 2013 at 10:52 AM
Because he's a jerk; he's your typical limousine liberal. Some of his music is good, but like the Beatles, highly overrated.
On the flip side, millennials are responsible for the the stratospheric careers of Justin Bieber, Mylie Cyrus, and Nicki Manaj, so maybe they should STFU.
September 20, 2013 at 12:52 PM
I'm one boomer who wouldn't give five cents for everything Springsteen ever recorded.
September 20, 2013 at 05:31 PM
The author gets at something important with “a widespread generational embrace of postmodern irony accompanied by a universal rejection of all that is honest and genuine and joyous and sincere.” These are the Daily Show years. Something's likely wrong with a rock fan who doesn't identify with the yearning and exhilaration in Springsteen's early work. But the author underestimates or ignores 1) how deeply the quality of Springsteen's music has fallen (I think The River, despite some good moments, was the beginning of the decline); 2) the effect of (he does mention this, dismissively) the disparity between Springsteen's wealth and his self-conscious embrace of the common man; and 3) (he also mentions this, also dismissively) how Springsteen's stupid politics have diminished his stature. Had Springsteen retired after Darkness he'd be ranked as one of the greats. But of course he had no reason to retire and every reason to continue, and unfortunately he had Something To Say.
Two notes: I like some of Tunnel of Love. And The Rising, with its failure to acknowledge who brought down the Twin Towers and why, is an act of supreme artistic cowardice.
Michael Greenspan |
September 20, 2013 at 06:29 PM
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