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Product Details

  • Audio CD (January 5, 2008)
  • Original Release Date: January 5, 2008
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: SBME SPECIAL MKTS.
  • Run Time: 58 minutes
  • ASIN: B0012GMUJA
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (33 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #7,557 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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By ctrx VINE VOICE on June 19, 2009
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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.
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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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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 musician, for those who like good rock it's amazing. Check the site to find more CD's related with him.
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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.

Having said that, it is up to the typical high standards of Bruce Springsteen, but just not one of his best.
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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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