Bruce Springsteen – Human Touch
Recently, I heard The Boss’ MTV Plugged album and loved it, as always. 1992 was a busy year for Bruce, with two studio albums released on the same day! My next post will cover the other in this pair.
Human Touch is pure Boss greatness. A surefire hit song. Souldriver* has a great old-time folk feel to its bounce rock. Yes, you read that correctly. 57 Channels (And Nothing On) dates itself, of course, and it’s a bit of a one-note bobber. But its Dire Straits feel and Bruce on bass makes it a cool track anyway. It helps that I agree with him – I haven’t had cable TV in my house since about 1997, there’s just nothing on.
Cross My Heart is slower, a simple tune, but it’s still a great Bruce song. Gloria’s Eyes is a driving rocker that didn’t quite grab me the same, but it’s okay. His voice really carries it. With Every Wish is gorgeous Springsteen folk, and I love the trumpet! I always love the trumpets!
Roll Of The Dice is an old school Bruce rocker, takes me back to the 70s. Real World* is a mid-tempo rock song, a feel-good keeper. All Or Nothin’ At All is a bluesy barroom banger, really kickin’ it, Yeah! Then we’re into Man’s Job* which is pop rock, that old school feel again, and it’s pretty damn okay.
I Wish I Were Blind is an album highlight. Has a My Hometown feel to it. The Long Goodbye is a big Bruce shout-out rocker, hell yeah! Real Man is an uplifting pop rocker that strains his voice a bit, needed a lower key. And Pony Boy ends things here with a pretty, acoustic/harmonica duet with Patti, in the old traditional style.
In Sum: This was fantastic! Thanks, Bruce!
* Additional vocals on these tracks listed as Sam Moore. Yes, that’s THE Sam Moore!