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[Album Review] "The Promise" - Bruce Springsteen

"The Promise" Bruce Springsteen Released:  November 16th, 2010 The Boss has done it again with the release of this double cd compilation of unreleased music from the Darkness on the Edge of Town sessions.  With 21 songs, it speaks volumes to how much material Springsteen has left on the shelves throughout his career and on how prolific he is.  It's hard to believe that he is 61-years-old. Let's Get to the Album: To start out the album we get "Racing in the Street ('78)" and is an alternative version of the song that was on Darkness on the Edge of Town. It feels like a Billy Joel song with the piano intro and harmonica and it's a great beginning for an interesting album.  I enjoyed "Outside Looking In" that is a head nodding good time of a song.  It is a good reminder of how ingenius Springsteen is at creating pure sensory enjoyment. Lots of Interesting Songs... There is a neat version of the song "Because the Night" that was written by Springsteen and Patti Smith and is probably Smith's best known song.  The song is a raw version that is subtly quiet and loud, beckoning you in with familiarity, as if you're listening to a local band cover a popular classic rock piece.  We get a wide variety of songs from the melancholy "The Brokenhearted" to the peppy "Save my Love."  If you're a Springsteen fan, there's no doubt you will enjoy this album.  There are driving songs that are fun, but I feel that it's lacking any truly great songs.  Fortunately, all of those were put on Darkness At The Edge of Town.  I was kind of expecting more, but that's the problem whenever a great artist puts out something new, it's hard to surpass previous stuff. There are fun songs like "Ain't Good Enough For You" and "Spanish Eyes," and then dull ones like "Talk To Me" that I really didn't enjoy. We then end on the songs "The Promise" and "City of Night" that are two somewhat good ways to end an album. Overall: I'm not the biggest Bruce Springsteen fan, but I did enjoy this album.  It has some bumps on the way, but that is usually the case with stuff that made the cutting room floor.  There are songs that are interesting and anyone who liked the Darkness On The Edge of Town will most likely like this album because it is a great continuation of that music created over 30-years-ago. -Soren Nieminen

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..just picked up Springsteen's 'The Promise' box set companion book The Light in Darkness, amazing original photos and stories frm the Darkness tour. Limited Edition http://www.thelightinDarkness.com
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