Devils & Dust - Bruce Springsteen
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  • Summary: Brendan O'Brien produced (and plays bass on) the singer's 19th album, which finds Springsteen backed by a variety of guests. Several of the 12 tracks here have previously surfaced in live performances, including two dating back to 1995.
Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 20 out of 24
  2. Negative: 1 out of 24
  1. The heart of the CD is filled with the compassion and craft that have made Springsteen such an invaluable figure in rock. [24 Apr 2005]
  2. For all his overreliance on dramatic drawls, Southwestern locales, and mother love, Springsteen has stories to tell.
  3. Devils and Dust is also as immediate and troubling as this morning's paper.
  4. Ultimately, Devils & Dust feels like his attempt to reestablish himself as a working performer; his new material comes without weighty expectations for grand pronouncements, or the burdens of being a living icon. In that way, it's considerably more successful than his last such attempt, the 1995 album The Ghost Of Tom Joad.
  5. 80
    These 12 songs... cleave to the theme of hope-is-all-we-have, while stopping short of an unnecessary, pat moral. [Jun 2005, p.116]
  6. It's as if, having played the crowd-pleasing rock card, Springsteen feels the need to validate himself as a "serious" artist, but has mistaken a certain affected intimacy of approach for thoughtfulness and dramatic substance.
  7. It's long and boring and preachy.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 53 out of 58
  2. Negative: 3 out of 58
  1. Nov 14, 2011
    One of Springsteens best solo records. Every song on this is a carefully crafted piece of work. In his typical style, each song has a story accompanied by beautiful melodies. Surely up there in the class of Dylan as a lyricist. The boss is a living legend and the fact that he's still putting out albums of this quality is astounding. Expand

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