Monday, September 3, 2007

No. 132: The Wild, the Innocent and the E Street Shuffle

Band: Bruce Springsteen
Album: The Wild, the Innocent and the E Street Shuffle
Why Rolling Stone gets it right: Well...
Why Rolling Stone gets it wrong: There's a need to just jam Springsteen on here. Springsteen's two most popular records are already on here and his best ("Nebraska") won't appear for quite a while. So, it appears people just feel a need for Springsteen and this record is here because of that need. I guess the boomers who made up this list felt like they hadn't had a Springsteen record on here for a while, so why not put this one here?
Best song: I don't like a single bit of this album.
Worst song: "The E Street Shuffle" stinks.
Is it awesome?: No.

I don't even know how to write about this album. It's typical lame narrative songwriting about teenagers in New Jersey doing stupid nonsense in the mid-70s. On some level, "Born to Run" is something I can understand; It's easy to see why people love "Born To Run."

This one isn't the same. While it has one of the most detailed Wikipedia pages ever, I just can't get behind it. It's Van Morrison-esque, at times, in its incoherence and boring as can be musically. No thanks.

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