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REVIEW: BRUCE SPRINGSTEEN - ONLY THE STRONG SURVIVE
Usually when a renowned singer-songwriter releases a 'covers' album at a late point in the their career, it can go one of two ways. Some, such as Willie Nelson and Bob Dylan, are able to to put a unique spin on them with their own finely honed interpretive skills. Others, such as Rod Stewart's notoriously bland takes on the Great American Songbook and 1970s' MOR ballads, show an artist who's run out of ideas and the effort amounts to little more than glorified karaoke. Bruce Springsteen, the New Jersey heartland rocker whose most recent original album came out just two years ago, is the latest artist to tackle such a task with his album of soul covers, Only the Strong Survive.
TOP 10 WOODY ALLEN MOVIES
Last winter, I watched Annie Hall for the first time, and subsequently went down a Woody Allen rabbit hole where I watched approximately 25 of his films in the last eight months. Allen became my favorite filmmaker, and several of his films wormed their way into my favorites of all time.
60 AT 60: The Greatest Rolling Stones Songs
Currently, the Rolling Stones are on their 60th anniversary tour; this is no small feat. While there are many ‘legacy’ acts who still tour regularly, few have done so with the continuing endurance of the Rolling Stones. Where many fail to barely fill a 5,000 seat arena, the Stones are regularly selling out 70,000 seat stadiums.
Every Bruce Springsteen Album Ranked
20. Working on a Dream (2009) Without a doubt, Bruce's weakest effort. Some flashes of inspiration in the melodies and production are overshadowed by the insipid lyricism of songs like "Outlaw Pete," the title song, and "Surprise, Surprise." There's also "Queen of the Supermarket," a song whose subject matter is almost surreally bad, in that you really have to wrack your brain to convince yourself if Bruce really did write it, and if so, why? The rest of the record is largely uninspired, with even the best songs (minus "The Wrestler," which is more of a bonus track anyway) barely rising to the level of 'good.'
REVIEW: ROLLING STONES - EL MOCAMBO '77
By 1977, the Rolling Stones were in trouble. Their previous albums, It’s Only Rock’n Roll and Black and Blue, did not match the heights of their halcyon run of legendary albums from 1968 to 1973. The loss of Mick Taylor was a tremendous blow to them artistically, and Keith Richards’ drug habit was spiraling out of control and affecting his musical ability. Despite bringing in former Faces guitarist Ron Wood to the fold, the band struggled to match the fireworks of their peak years, and their live shows had become sloppy and lethargic, lacking in the vigor and danger that made their 1971-73 treks among rock’s most celebrated live experiences.
DECONSTRUCTING "DECONSTRUCTING HARRY"
By 1997, Woody Allen was five years removed from his split with Mia Farrow and its accompanying controversy. His last several films boasted some of the biggest names he has ever worked with and showed that the respect and admiration he had achieved throughout his career had not been tarnished by his personal tribulations.
Album Review: The Who - 'Who'
Despite their many accolades over the years, The Who occupy a somewhat curious place in the rock and roll realm. There is no doubt that at least three of their albums (Tommy, Who's Next, and Quadrophenia) are among the best rock and roll albums of all time, or that songs like "Pinball Wizard," "Won't Get Fooled Again," and "My Generation" are indisputable classics, or that guitarist Pete Townshend is one of rock's most revolutionary players and songwriters, and vocalist Roger Daltrey one of its most powerful singers.
'The Irishman' Quietly Takes Its Place in the Pantheon of Scorsese's Best Films
The Irishman, Martin Scorsese's latest, has been described as his 'magnum opus.' It has been in development hell since at least 2004, but it wasn't until Netflix brought the rights to it in 2015 for an astronomical 159 million dollars, that the project finally took flight. It drew further attention by reuniting the legendary director with Robert De Niro and Joe Pesci for the first time since 1995's Casino, and more still with the addition of Al Pacino, who had never worked with Scorsese or Pesci before. This titanic assembly of talent built up a tidal wave of expectations for the finished product, and given Scorsese's remarkably consistent track record and reputation as arguably the greatest American director of all time, it was likely that the film would be on par with previous works such as Taxi Driver, Raging Bull, and Goodfellas.