- Feb 9, 2011
- Reaction score
What was your take on Western Stars? I thought it was pretty strong and enjoyed the live/soundtrack version a little more with the increased role of Patti. I was glad I saw the movie in a theater.
when it comes to Bruce, I am a traditionalist. It's one thing for an artist to experiment, but Western Stars was a step too far for me. It just got too far away from what I think of as the 'Springsteen sound' with the different instrumentations. There are some of his 'solo' albums I like (Tom Joad), but I would much rather hear him with the E Street Band in full roar. Never saw the movie on Western Stars.
Really, the last few studio albums (Working on a Dream, High Hopes) were just so-so for me. some of the songs felt like filler - in a way none of the classic albums ever did. I did like the Seeger Sessions. I've heard bits of the new album, and it sounds like much more of an "E Street Band" album.