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  • Summary: The two-CD set features the complete audio of Springsteen's one-man Broadway show at Walter Kerr Theatre recorded on July 17 and 18, 2018 for Netflix.
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  1. Positive: 15 out of 15
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  1. Jan 4, 2019
    100
    Such is the unrelenting flood of language and emotion from this remarkable performance that it’s difficult to take everything in on first viewing and repeated listens become essential to experiencing the fullness of it all. ... We can just be glad that this particular spell of lightning was bottled so beautifully.
  2. Dec 10, 2018
    100
    This album is the two-and-a-half-hour soundtrack. And it is an absolute performance masterclass.
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    Jan 2, 2019
    90
    The album works in isolation but maybe watch the film on Netflix first. ... Tonally, we're in the territory of Nebraska, Tom Joad and Devils & Dust, but there's also the deep romantic melancholic tones of Darkness and The Rising. [Feb 2018, p.18]
  4. Dec 14, 2018
    80
    When you view the tracklist for Springsteen on Broadway and evaluate it from the perspective of one night’s performance, it’s an impressive list of songs. But when you look at it as representative of a body of work spanning four decades--which this production decidedly cannot escape representing--it is a more than suitable tribute to what Springsteen himself refers to as both his service and his “long and noisy prayer.”
  5. Dec 17, 2018
    80
    Located somewhere between a TED talk, an episode of VH1’s Storytellers and a confessional, it’s a hugely nourishing listen – not least because Springsteen, the boss of righteous stadium bluster, unveils a self-deprecating sense of humour.
  6. Dec 14, 2018
    80
    Whatever the distance between image and actuality, Springsteen always told the truth to us about the things that mattered. In Springsteen on Broadway, that truthfulness adds up to an honest self-portrait.
  7. Dec 14, 2018
    70
    It's possible to hear the pure theatricality of Springsteen's performance, both in his oversized spoken introductions and singing. It becomes very clear that Springsteen is playing the part of Springsteen, exaggerating certain aspects of his life and persona for dramatic effect. This has a ripple effect through the songs-many of which are quite familiar, with a couple of latter-day numbers thrown in for good measure-which, in this context, feel written instead of lived.

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  1. Dec 29, 2018
    10
    this is an excellent project filled with amazing songs and vocals from truly one of the greatest of all time