Bruce Springsteen – Chapter and Verse - Albums - Reviews - Soundblab

Bruce Springsteen – Chapter and Verse

by Lawrence Poole Rating:8 Release Date:2016-09-23

Whichever way you slice it: Springsteen, The Boss, The King of Jersey or plain old ‘Bruce’ is undoubtedly an American icon, who will, when he shuffles off this mortal coil (although one cannot imagine the New Jersey totem shuffling anywhere), stand toe-to-toe with the greats of our Atlantic-straddling cousins.

Now 67 and still rattling out the kind of four-hour marathon shows, which would cause many a young indie whipper-snapper to suffer an impromptu coronary at the very thought, this latest release is a timely reminder of his mighty musical cannon.

Accompanying a well-received autobiography entitled Born To Run, The Boss has hand selected an array of tracks to celebrate his half-century as a performing artist. Ranging from 1966’s Baby I, which owes more than a nod to The Beatles’ hoary days honing their craft in the bierkellers and strip joints of Hamburg right up to 2012’s heartfelt tribute to the soon-to-be-demolished Giants Stadium, Wrecking Ball.

And what a journey is has been, Wrecking Ball was his 17th studio album and harvested three Grammy nominations. In between, Chapter and Verse touches on the purple patch of the mid-to-late 1970s with the epic Born To Run and blood racing Badlands to 1980 touchstone, the yearning The River. 1987’s Brilliant Disguise showcase The Boss’ more tender and melodic side, while The Rising pays tribute to his homeland in the wake of the 9/11 atrocities.

It’s been quite the journey and one which thoroughly deserves to be documented by a man who has refused to be swayed or deviated from the path he has always chosen to follow, representing the folk on the street – whatever country that street may be in.

Yes there are numerous other key moments of his 50 years absent here, but it’s not a greatest hits and doesn’t protest to be – just an accompanying meander for a book which has documented, in his own words, what the journey these five decades has been like.

After catching him in Coventry over the summer, with eight to eighty-year-olds firmly in the palm of his hand for 240 minutes or more, don't bet against a chapter or two to be written yet.

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