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Bruce Springsteen Working On A Dream Springsteen's most powerful songs seemed to come from inside the heads and hearts of great real and imagined characters - Spanish Johnny, Madame Marie, Rosalita, Mary in Thunder Road, Wayne in Darlington County and so many others inspired a first hand narrative that put us in the songs with them. Characters like these got scarce - maybe because celebrity forced Bruce to spend more time in a bubble to preserve what little privacy he could, or maybe just because he had moved on. With the notable exception of The Rising, people we meet in his recent songs are more often written about from an outside observer's perspective. The music also more seems more detached these days. Raw urgency and dynamic arrangements grew increasingly rare on studio recordings after Born In The USA and all but disappeared long before Magicand thisrelease. While fewer of the songs on this collection swim in the lush arrangements of his 2007 release, most continue his current fascination with the multi-layered pop production he grew up listening to. If you are okay with that context there is a lot to like on Working On A Dream. If you're not, well, the real life Madame Marie passed away last year, so we can't ask the woman the cops busted "...for telling fortunes better than they do" how long Bruce will stay on this path. And hey, an 'okay' release from Bruce is still better than most albums. SEE MORE REVIEWS OR BUY IT