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Human Touch

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Product Details

  • Audio CD (March 31, 1992)
  • Original Release Date: March 31, 1992
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Sony
  • ASIN: B0000028SR
  • Average Customer Review: 3.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (44 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #205,140 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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By K. Oda on August 6, 2004
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This is not Springsteen's best album, but like several previous reviewers I think it is one of his most underrated. Some Springsteen purists resented the fact that he used L.A. studio musicians rather than the E Street Band to make this album. The resulting sound is slightly more polished and commercial than his earlier albums, but doesn't undermine the essential raw emotion and energy of Springsteen's music.

Human Touch is a collection of mainly hard-rocking songs about the difficulty of life and love, and fears of inadequacy in the face of those difficulties. There are several songs of great depth here, including "I Wish I Were Blind" (one of Springsteen's best ever, in my opinion), "Human Touch", "Cross My Heart", "With Every Wish", and "Man's Job." I also like the blue-eyed soul funkiness (unusual for Springsteen) of "Soul Driver." True, there are also a few stinkers among the songs, but overall I think this is a good album and deserving of more credit than it has gotten.
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One of the reviewers wrote that Human Touch and Lucky Town are under rated is right on the button. Human Touch has great lyrics and harmony. Most musicians would kill for some of the music on these records. The critics were way off on this record. It makes you wonder what else they are wrong about. Some record stores let you listen to samplings of an artists efforts before you buy. That way you can make your own judgements on how good a record is. One should be skeptical of critical reviews and think for yourself. Being skeptical of what critics said about Human Touch and Lucky Town and hearing some samples here on Amazon helped maked my decision to buy them. I'm glad I did.
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After a five year hiatus from releasing albums, Bruce Springsteen came back with two simultaneous releases, his first without the E Street Band (with the exception of Roy Bittan). The fact that he recorded these songs with hired studio musicians make them easy targets for his hardcore fans. Human Touch is the more commercial of the two and there is some high quality music on it. The title track is a strong song with some of the best guitar work Bruce has ever recorded while "Real World" has all the anthemic qualities of classic Springsteen songs. Bruce goes back to his old Asbury Park days with the soul influenced "Man's Job" & the superb "I Wish I Were Blind" which has backing vocals by one of the masters of blue-eyed soul, Bobby Hatfield of the Righteous Brothers. The problem with the album is that for the first time in his career, Bruce has some stinkers on it. "57 Channels" is a bad attempt at social commentary which is usually his forte, "All Or Nothin' At All" has no feeling to it and "Real Man" might possibly be the worst song he has ever recorded. The missteps aside, this album is still better than 90% of the music that is released and any music by Springsteen is better than no music by him.
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The songs on "Human Touch" were written by Springsteen as exercises to help him cope with writer's block. It shows. If Springsteen held himself to his usual high standards, only half of these songs would've been released. Also, many of the songs sound overproduced - too many bells and whistles thrown in and not enough focus on the vocals and guitars.
That being said, lyrically, "Real World" is one of Springsteen's best songs. It follows the characters and narrative that have been in place since his earliest albums, bringing them to adulthood. Take this verse, for example,
Well tonight I just wanna shout
I feel my soul waist deep and sinkin'
Into this black river of doubt
I just wanna rise and walk along the riverside
And when the morning comes baby I don't wanna hide
I'll stand right at your side with my arms open wide
It has some of the attributes typical to a Springsteen song - the river; the shout; the narrator wanting more, but finding it not possible because of other forces. Instead of dealing with the adolescent fantasies of Springsteen's first three albums, or the disillusionment of becoming an adult in his subsequent works, the narrator in this song is mature, his outlook on life is informed and realistic (hence the song's title), and knows he can't go it alone.
"I Wish I Were Blind," "Man's Job," "Human Touch," and "With Every Wish" are also excellent songs. "Roll of the Dice" is one of those songs that doesn't work too well on the album, but is great live. The rest of the album is mediocre by Springsteen's high standards.
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Four great songs, "Real Man," "I Wish I Were Blind," "Man's Job" and "With Every Wish," make Bruce Springsteen's HUMAN TOUCH worthwhile. Springsteen dared to please himself by releasing LUCKY TOWN and this CD at the same time. He could played it safe by combining the best tracks from each on just one album. HUMAN TOUCH (and LUCKY TOWN, for that matter) did not affect me the way several other Bruce albums have, but who knows, it could grow on me. For now, HUMAN TOUCH still merits listening.
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