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Hoses of the Holy in the Parallel Universe

April 25, 2005

Missing the Point

In this review of "Devils and Dust" from The Observer, the reviewer does the usual trick of making something up and then skewing the writing to reflect it.

He's trying to create a nice black and white picture, in which Springsteen once wrote optimistic songs about cars and girls, and now writes pessimistic songs about death and loss.

But look back at his oevre, and he was always writing pessimistic songs about death and loss, losers - the characters in the songs were always kidding themselves, even in the midst of their optimism. What else is Jungle Land, Born to Run, Thunder Road, Incident on 57th Street. As for Darkness on the Edge of Town, hello? Have you been listening? Where's the optimism on that?

God. How do these people get work?


  • that's not fair. in para 5 he says As far back as 1978's Darkness on the Edge of Town, critics had detected a deep seam of pessimism in Springsteen's work. i think it's just that you don't think anyone else is qualified to pass judgement. which is true.

    By Blogger dog, at 6:27 am  

  • Yeah, but I ignored that because he said, "Critics had detected," implying that nobody else (i.e. the millions who actually paid for their copy) had.

    Really, I object to the whole tone of the thing, because it's obvious he's a wannabe Greil Marcus.

    By Blogger bot37363838, at 6:36 am  

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