- RICHARD AND LINDA THOMPSON: SHOOT OUT THE LIGHTS: 1982: 5 STARS OUT OF 5 STARS: CD: The sixth and final album by Richard and Linda Thompson. This album relaunched their careers as their marriage was falling apart. By the time this album was released they had separated but they did go on tour together before going their separate ways. They did leave two great albums together- their first “I Want To See The Bright Lights” and their last -this one. Highlights-Don’t Renege On Our Love, Walking On A Wire, Shoot Out The Lights, Did She Jump Or Was She Pushed?, Wall of Death.
- MATTHEW SWEET: 100% FUN: 1995: 4 STARS OUT OF 5 STARS: CD: I became of fan of Matthew Sweet’s power pop with “Girlfriend” in the early 1990’s. This was his fifth album and has been one of his most successful albums. Favorites on this album and two of my all time Matthew Sweet favorites- Sick Of Myself and We’re The Same. Other standout tracks- Everything Changes, Come To Love, Walk Out. The title of the album came from Kurt Cobain’s suicide note in 1994.
- BRUCE SPRINGSTEEN: HUMAN TOUCH: 1992: 2 1/2 STARS OUT OF 5 STARS: CD: In an odd move Bruce Springsteen released two albums on the same day in the spring of 1992. Not a double album but two separate albums were released and for the first time in Bruce’s career a large amount of folks gave both albums a thumbs down. There were a total of twenty-four songs on both albums maybe he would have been better served to take the best twelve and release one album? He has said since summing up this period that in the early 90’s he wrote some happy songs and the public didn’t like them. I read a John Prine comment recently that being happy is bad for his songwriting. Maybe that is what happened to Bruce here? He had broken up with his first wife and in 1991 remarried and seemed to finally be happy. I think a good single album could have come out here- what I hear when I listen to these albums- Bruce seems to have no direction here as far as his songs, he doesn’t sound all that inspired. There are some good songs here but these albums aren’t up to the standards he had set with his first eight albums. He would react to the rejection of this album by so many fans/ critics- with a somber “The Ghost Of Tom Joad” three and a half years later-which was much better received and a return to form. I think the Lucky Town album is better than Human Touch by the way.
- BRUCE SPRINGSTEEN: LUCKY TOWN: 1992: 3 STARS OUT OF 5 STARS: CD: