Bruce Springsteen – Lucky Town
In my last post, we covered Human Touch, the other of two albums released on the same day in 1992 (!). This is it’s fraternal twin!
First up is Better Days (hey Deke!), a great organ rock shouter. Lucky Town is one we all know, and the great useof the tambourine saves it. Local Hero is another great Bruce track that, frankly, could be a Mellencamp song too.
If I Should Fall Behind is a lovely, slower and quieter track like only Bruce can do it. Leap Of Faith is uplifting, right down to the backing vocals. This was built to be a gospel song, I’d say. The Big Muddy is an easy, bluesy southern-feel groove. Living Proof joins the long list of solid mid-tempo Bruce songs.
Book Of Dreams is a slow, beautiful tune, and then we end the album on two highlight tracks! Souls Of The Departed has a cool groove with the blues sewn in, and My Beautiful Reward is a gorgeous late-night highway tune, accented with acoustic guitar.
Oddly, it lists Bruce as playing “All Instruments,” but then goes on to list another dude playing drums, and on several tracks there are other people’s contributions listed as well. Surely he’s not confused as to what “All Instruments” means?
In Sum: Wiki says that, of the two albums released together, Human Touch was the more popular. It’s hard to disagree, that’s a great record. But I still think I prefer this one, it has a great feel all its own. So I suggest a compromise: play the records back to back and make it a couple hours of Bruce Greatness in your life!