I’m an album person. As in, I usually listen to albums from beginning to end. They’re in that order for a reason, right?
Yesterday, Bruce Springsteen’s The River came up on my mp3-player. Which is one of the few Springsteen albums that doesn’t work for me. And not in a Human Touch/Lucky Town/Ghost of Tom Joad way because I’m sure there’s an album’s worth of kick-ass tunes somewhere among these twenty tracks—or more, when you count the outtakes. It’s just that tracks like “The River”, “Point Blank”, “Independence Day” and “Fade Away” are surrounded by unsubstantial tracks like “I’m a Rocker”, “Crush on You” and “I Wanna Marry You”.
So, while I don’t exactly got a crush on The River, I am pretty big on some of it’s songs. “Point Blank” is one of my top 5 Springsteen songs, and that’s mostly because of the third verse.
When this song came on this morning, I hit repeat as soon as it had finished. And then I did it again. This 1980 live version is pretty swell too. Enjoy.