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  • Summary: With songs reflecting on moments of his life, the companion album to the rock artist's autobiography, "Born to Run," features five unreleased tracks, including two recorded when Springsteen was a teenager.
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  1. Sep 23, 2016
    For Chapter and Verse he's chosen a revelatory mix of classics and obscurities.
  2. Uncut
    Sep 26, 2016
    This audio companion to Springsteen's upcoming autobiography serves as a decent best-of. [Nov 2016, p.52]
  3. Mojo
    Sep 27, 2016
    Not even the most Boss-eyed would claim the world needs another Springsteen Best-of, mostly comprising songs available elsewhere and built around a clutch of repeat offenders. Yet Freehold, NJ's famous son is barely recognisible on Chapter And Verse's first five track. [Nov 2016, p.104]
  4. Sep 22, 2016
    Chapter and Verse takes a relatively safe route, but it’s a beautiful ride: one where everyone in the car feels united and hellbent on making it out alive.
  5. Sep 30, 2016
    While those [early] songs lay the base for Springsteen’s eventual legend, the other tracks whip through his catalog quickly and almost too efficiently.
  6. 70
    Springsteen has previously alluded to this [early] period of his career, albeit in the roundabout manner of fashioning songs (most notably on The River) inspired by the music he heard blaring out of jukeboxes in his youth. Similarly, formerly he has addressed feelings of emptiness and disillusionment on self-reflective songs such as Two Faces or 57 Channels (And Nothin’ On), although sat in front of a computer screen he has less recourse to clumsy metaphor.
  7. 60
    The most revelatory song of the now mature songwriter is, though, “My Father’s House”, from Nebraska (1982). There’s a sluggish, nightmare feel as Springsteen dreams of a bramble-tangled house in a haunted field, a home where he’s no longer known; a past he can’t return to. The merits of this rough, questionable compilation lie in such small revelations.

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