- BRUCE SPRINGSTEEN: WORKING ON A DREAM: 2009: 2 STARS OUT OF 5 STARS: The opening track the 8 minute Outlaw Pete would be in contention as my least favorite Bruce song ever. Also in contention- although catchier is Queen Of The Supermarket. After The Rising and Magic- this is a step back. Although I might not be in totally agreement the critic of the LA Times Ann Powers is close to the truth in her review when she wrote-“The best thing that can be said about Working on a Dream is that it’s boisterously scatterbrained, exhilaratingly bad.”
- BRUCE SPRINGSTEEN: WRECKING BALL: 2012: 3 STARS OUT OF 5 STARS: Here is a batch of good songs basically ruined by over production. I have a hard time listening to this- I hear good songs on it but it would I think have sounded a lot better with a lot less tinkering. This could have been a pretty good album.
- VAN MORRISON: A SENSE OF WONDER: 1985: 4 STARS OUT OF 5 STARS: Another mid 80’s overlooked Van album- in going though his catalog in the past what strikes me is how consistently good he has been- which is not to say every album is Astral Weeks but one every album there is at least a handful of songs worth hearing. What a great voice.
- BOB SEGER: AGAINST THE WIND: 1980: 1 1/2 STAR OUT OF 5 STARS: WOOF! WOOF! One of the most disappointing albums I’ve ever bought- after Night Moves and Stranger In Town- I automatically bought this- it was the new Bob Seger album after all. I certainly listened to it enough- back then when I got a record like it or not I played it to death. I never excepted a ‘slick’ sounding Seger album- but here we have an over produced Seger album. I wrote yesterday about how Fire Lake is one of Seger’s favorite songs that he has written because it was ‘ about taking risks”– well unless taking risks means playing it safe… There is not a song on this album that I can say I ever want to hear again. Against The Wind was another hit- in it he whines about the after hitting it big- the ‘deadlines and commitments’ he has to meet. Poor poor pitiful Bob. He came out of nowhere in the mid 70’s after years in rock music’s minor leagues- to have two hit albums and a handful of big hits- I think he was rushed for product to get out into the market- and this batch of poorly sounding sounds is what he came up with. This album did go to #1- his only #1 but a lot of those albums were sold to an audience like myself- I liked his recent hit albums- and I was exploring his past catalog before he make it- I was ready for the next album. I can’t answer for everyone who bought this album back in 1980 but I was very disappointed. Put it up there with albums like U2’s dumpster fire- Pop as a big let down album.
- CROWDED HOUSE: 1996:RECURRING DREAM: THE VERY BEST OF CROWDED HOUSE: 5 STARS OUT OF 5 STARS: One of my favorites best of’s- to listen to -19 perfect pop songs from one of my favorite groups. Just wish they had produced more of this..