- Record Label: Columbia
- Release Date: Nov 11, 2022
- Summary: The second full-length release of cover of soul songs from Bruce Springsteen features a guest appearance from Sam Moore.
- Record Label: Columbia
- Genre(s): Pop/Rock
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Positive: 12 out of 17
Mixed: 5 out of 17
Negative: 0 out of 17
MojoNov 15, 2022Springsteen's choice of songs, especially in the deep tracks and left turns, also i=underscores a deeper retrospect and aspiration. [Jan 2023, p.82]
Nov 7, 2022On Only the Strong Survive, Springsteen places his voice front and center, and his love for this timeless and joyous music is jubilant and infectious.
Nov 8, 2022Without a doubt, ‘Only The Strong Survive’ exemplifies Springsteen’s unfaltering commitment to top-notch musicianship and production.
Nov 11, 2022It’s got character, and more than that, it’s got energy: Springsteen has never sounded quite so lighthearted, so unburdened, on record.
Nov 15, 2022There are times when, while applauding Springsteen's attempts to stay faithful to the originals, you wish he'd taken more chance. ... But that was not his intention, and it becomes hard to carp when he brings off something as triumphantly as his note-perfect version of Frank Wilson's "Do I Love You (Indeed I Do)". [Jan 2023, p.10]
Nov 14, 2022There are many less rewarding experiences than hearing Springsteen thirstily sing his favourite songs, but there’s a sense here that all concerned hope it would catch fire and amount to something more. [Dec 2022, p.76]
Nov 12, 2022Only the Strong Survive is an expertly crafted collection, but a rougher hewn approach, with a sound closer in style to Stax Records than Dionne Warwick and Phil Spector, would have better honored the spirit of its source material.
Positive: 3 out of 5
Mixed: 0 out of 5
Negative: 2 out of 5
Nov 12, 2022This album is a success on many levels. For those who haven't been exposed to this great music it serves as a well curated introduction. ForThis album is a success on many levels. For those who haven't been exposed to this great music it serves as a well curated introduction. For fans of Springsteen or soul music it's a worthy, well produced alternate take on the songs you love. Springsteen's voice is up to the task, if occasionally not as strong as the original takes, and the arrangements often bring new life into the originals. The centerpiece is "Soul Days" a Dobie Gray cover that sets the tone "But my first love was always the songs...talking about those sweet soul days". This album is meant to be the soundtrack to those perfect sweet summer days taking "my baby for a ride." A highlight is "Don't Play That Song" a Ben E. King cover, but it's Aretha's version that rules. It captures the essence of sweet soul music. The singer has been done wrong, lied to and left alone. But rather than the vindictive bitterness in much of today's
popular music (Taylor?) the singer's response is "I don't care if you lied. let's dance". Such is the beauty of soul music full of strength, hope and resilience epitomized in the title cut, a cover of Jerry Butler's signature track "Only the Strong Survive".… Expand
Nov 16, 2022Springsteen is Springsteen. Anchored in his music, perhaps he should have listened to Beyoncé's 'Renaissance' to realize that his steadfastSpringsteen is Springsteen. Anchored in his music, perhaps he should have listened to Beyoncé's 'Renaissance' to realize that his steadfast country and rock spirit should probably intertwine with other sounds. That said, it is a full album, for sure fans a safe harbor, but without a storm that brings new air.… Expand
Nov 11, 2022Although With plenty of character, Springsteen still fails to deliver a consistent and fun body of work.
Nov 11, 2022Springsteen is all washed up. Utter garbage....................................................
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