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Human Touch

Bruce SpringsteenAudio CD
4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (21 customer reviews)

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Product Details

  • Audio CD (March 31, 1992)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • ASIN: B0012GMUJA
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (21 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #11,835 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

1. Human Touch
2. Soul Driver
3. 57 Channels (And Nothin' On)
4. Cross My Heart
5. Gloria's Eyes
6. With Every Wish
7. Roll of the Dice
8. Real World
9. All or Nothin' at All
10. Man's Job
11. I Wish I Were Blind
12. The Long Goodbye
13. Real Man
14. Pony Boy

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8 of 9 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Perhaps Bruce's most underrated record June 19, 2009
Format:Audio CD
Rock icon Bruce Springsteen recorded "Human Touch" in 1990 but shelved the project until he completed Lucky Town in 1992, deciding to release both albums together. In light of its predecessor, 1988's somber, personal, and emotional Tunnel of Love, "Human Touch" is generally happy and upbeat, consisting of clever, thoughtful rock songs, as well as some of his best guitar playing highlighted in the E Street Band's absence. Bruce and his crew of studio musicians execute a 59-minute record with few dull moments and many memorable ones. For the most part it doesn't have the power of his legendary classics, nor does it try to; they are light, enjoyable songs. Overall it's a great sounding record and might surprise some listeners because it is so overlooked.

It opens brilliantly, with the wondrous title track, a classic single with ingenious writing and playing, the phenomenal "Soul Driver," and the great statement that is "57 Channels (And Nothin' On)." "Gloria's Eyes," "Roll of the Dice," and "Real World" are steady-rocking and well-written winners, and "All or Nothin' At All," "The Long Goodbye," and the swinging "Real Man" also succeed radiantly at an upbeat tempo. The solemn ballads "With Every Wish," marked by muted trumpet instrumentation, and "I Wish I Were Blind" sound like leftovers from Tunnel of Love and are also vintage Bruce. Perhaps the best song, though, is "Man's Job," a simply excellent rock `n roll love song. The album also closes with a charming rendition of folk classic "Pony Boy.
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8 of 10 people found the following review helpful
Format:Audio CD
After a five year hiatus that brought forth a great deal of soul searching, a second marriage, two kids and the breakup of the band that helped his music and live shows come to life, Bruce Springsteen reemerged in 1992 with not one, but two new albums dealing with all these issues and their resolutions. One would think such deeply personal material would make for some of the strongest, most emotionally raw material of The Boss's career. Unfortunately, poor production and arrangement choices strangle out a lot of the potential these songs have.

Springsteen has often stated that his fans like him best when he has a chip on his shoulder. He may have a point. Three of his best albums, "Born to Run," "Darkness on the Edge of Town," and "Tunnel of Love," were all written and recorded during tumultuous times in his professional and personal life. There's no doubt his darker emotions bring out the best in Bruce, giving a music a soul and edge that most of "Human Touch" just doesn't have.

Some of the songs have potential, but are shot down in their execution. "Soul Driver" is, lyrically, a very strong, dark love song, but musically is mutilated by an arrangement that would make Michael Bolton green with envy, complete with synthesized woodwinds and corny jungle beats. The much maligned "57 Channels (And Nothin' On)" is actually contains a lot of first rate witty touches in its lyrics, but commits musical suicide by taking itself way too seriously. If he had done as a little roadhouse rocker like "Ramrod," it would have been a nice throwaway "River" - type blowout.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Fools gold, memorys, and tears cried October 7, 2009
Format:Audio CD
I've had this album for a while, and it has defiantly grow on me. There is a better version of "I Wish I Were Blind" on the Xx plugged album, and "Gloria's Eyes," and "Pony Boy" are not the best songs ever, but I really enjoy this album. "Real World" is one of those lost treasures that never really got much attention, and "Human Touch" is a fine song. Very underrated release from the Boss. Not his best, but better than what most people think!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars I wish more people would give this cd a chance! November 28, 2009
Format:Audio CD
Sure this may have been his first foray into the world of no estreet band land, but it contains some of his most underrated song writing. Ultimately, the production lets this record down. Songs like real man, a classic ish rock love song, or real world, a song about the joy of Bruce's first son, are bogged down by something that sounds like early 80's pop. Shame... Even human touch itself, while mastered quite well, is bogged down by production issues. The best track on the album, which is I wish I were Blind, could have been bruces most commercial for this album. A touching love ballad, and maybe the best one he's written.

I do like Jeff Pocarros drumming on this album. I wish he had joined springsteen on the other band tour, but, he did die a few years later, so he wouldn't have lasted all that long. Bobby kings vocals are really nice on mans job, almost overtaking bruce at times. The album is well mastered, especially compared to lucky town, which is wayy too loud.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent!!! April 23, 2014
By Alex C.
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Great Music... I truly enjoy hearing Bruce Springsteen when I have a chance from my hectic workload... Excellent Music. I truly like the lyrics.
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Published 2 days ago by Lisa
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Published 2 months ago by James E Spencer
5.0 out of 5 stars Satisfied
Order arrived on time with no problems. Satisfied customer
Published 2 months ago by Phil Hermans
5.0 out of 5 stars Love it
So love Bruce Springsteen, this CD is awesome if you are a true fan of his. Love his music and his CD's.
Published 7 months ago by Angela J. Roach
5.0 out of 5 stars Human Touch. Bruce Springsteen.
Contains the songs that are beautiful to listen to. With percussion. Is wonderful. The composition of opera, instrumental music, is perfect. Beautiful voice.
Published 11 months ago by ceolin
4.0 out of 5 stars Good but not his best
With this and Lucky Town coming out at the same time, I think that it would have been better to cull the best songs from each of these two CD's and make one great one. Read more
Published 11 months ago by Eastnortheast
3.0 out of 5 stars A rather odd collection of songs
Although released in 1992, most of Human Touch was recorded, then shelved for a time, before being dusted off and released on the same day as Lucky Town. Read more
Published 14 months ago by T. McCool
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent record...
About the purchase, excellent price, delivery time, and the conditions of the product. This CD is one of my favorites of Bruce without his band proving that he is an excellent... Read more
Published 14 months ago by Eduardo T.
5.0 out of 5 stars "The freedom train!!!
there were some songs on this album that I absolutely loved! my favorite was "I wish I were blind" rock on my Bruce man!
Published 14 months ago by maureen bowers
3.0 out of 5 stars Listenable But It's No Born to Run
What you hear on Human Touch is an artist searching a for a new direction and going through major transitions in his life, which Bruce Springsteen definitely was at the time. Read more
Published 21 months ago by DPH
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