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Friday, March 16, 2012

Bruce Springsteen's women. I have a lot of problems with The Boss, and the one-dimensionality of his female subjects is one. Actually, most of his characters are pretty flat, and they've been getting flatter. Up through "Born to Run" it seemed like he was writing about people he knew. After that he seems to have gotten it into his head that he wanted to be John Steinbeck, and although there's been a good song here and there since, there hasn't been much you can dance to.

Which is not to say that there won't be. I liked the Seeger Sessions, in part because working with a different bunch of musicians seemed to freshen his sound. The E Street Band has become a bit of a rut, I think, and with the death of two key members of that outfit it is likely that he'll be working with some new people.

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Yeah, maybe, but a remark he made in an interview for the paper here, that his father struggled and suffered when he wasn't the primary breadwinner anymore, something that his father and many other people's fathers in and around that generation would have had issues dealing with, well, isn't that often the case, the sins of the fathers are visited upon the sons, and the mothers' upon the daughters? O.k., so Woody Guthrie and John Steinbeck maybe he isn't, but both are factors, and there's still Lucinda Williams to give us female characters.
 
On the other hand, I liked the speech he gave at SXSW.
 

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