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Working On A Dream

Released on 26 January 2009

Artist: Bruce Springsteen

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  1. Outlaw Pete
  2. My Lucky Day
  3. Working On A Dream
  4. Queen Of The Supermarket
  5. What Love Can Do
  6. This Life
  7. Good Eye
  8. Tomorrow Never Knows
  9. Life Itself
  10. Kingdom Of Days
  11. Surprise, Surprise
  12. The Last Carnival
  13. The Wrestler (Bonus Track)

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American hero Bruce Springsteen returns all guns blazing with his sixteenth studio album. His third record with the E Street Band since their reformation, Working On A Dream sees The Boss revisit his trademark brand of classic rock with an optimistic and bright collection of storytelling songs about love, strife, and the good life.

Since reuniting with the E Street Band in 1999, Bruce Springsteen has bought the dream line-up back into the studio to record two widely successful albums. As greatly received as 2002's The Rising and 2007's Magic were, they both came from painful places. The first acting as an effort to heal after 9/11, and the later a bitter Bush-era protest record. Heavy in substance, the albums, although highly engaging and entirely recommended, lacked the expansive romanticism that ignited early releases such as Born To Run. Comprised mostly of joyous roughed-up love songs, Working On A Dream, therefore comes as light relief. The album opens in grandiose style with 'Outlaw Pete'. At over eight minutes long, the track is an epic gun-slinging tale. Portraying subjects of redemption and inherent evil over galloping, twanging strings, the track is the only exception to the hopeful and romantic themes of the record. With raw, upbeat backing from the band, the spirit-filled 'My Lucky Day' brightens the ambience, sublimely setting the mood for the remainder of the album. Portraying a sense of ease, Springsteen's voice is warm and powerful on every track. It swells particularly on the delicate 'Queen Of The Supermarket' and rousing title track 'Working On A Dream', where blissfully climatic rushes invoke a passionate strain in The Boss' unmistakeable vocals. Musically, Bruce and the E Street Band are at the top of their game. With thunderous tempo changes and ferocious flourishes, the unit play with a youthful energy that fantastically compliments the wise truths of their leader's lyrics.

From its ballsy opener through to the end of its bonus track, the Golden Globe award-winning 'The Wrestler', Working On A Dream encapsulates the true sound of Bruce Springsteen at his best. Full of heart, passion, and vigour, this accomplished and pleasurable album will delight both those who are familiar and not with the great man's captivating heartland rock.

Also available in a CD & DVD Digipack.

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 Fine album

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I am a Springsteen fan and have been since Born In the USA rocked these shores in 1985 when I was a kid. I liked "Magic" and this new album has grown on me after a few listens. It is a fine album with many great songs and very contrasting sounds.

Lyrically as ever Bruce is untouchable. He just defines the characters and lets you inside to look at them for 3 minutes or so a record. Hard to pick a favourite but "Working on a Dream" and the fantastic" Queen of the Supermarket" are two that spring to mind. That said the others tracks are all good and nice to see another 8 minute classic in " Outlaw Pete" and the beautiful " Last Carnival".

If your already a Springsteen fan then you know what to expect but if your not - well isn't it about time you were!! Mr. Bruce Sringsteen is writing great stuff these days and I can't wait to see him and the E Street Band in Hyde Park this summer.

 "Almost" at his best

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Another stunning album from the boss.however i would not go as far as to say it matched his best.

This album is worth buying just to hear the sublime queen of the supermarket.

This track alone is worth the (great) price that play.com is charging

 hail the boss

| | See all aaronfire's reviews (4)

Taste tested some of the tracks,blew me away hard to believe since the
Boss is always brill, my order is hail the boss.

 OMG! amazing album!

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I absoluey adore this album. My dad is a massive bruce fan, so he started to grow on me, and when his new album came out i fell in love with it.
Soon, i'll definately be getting my own album when the price lowers. Fantasic album.
Favourite songs-
Queen of the supermarket (definate favourite!!!)
Outlaw pete
Working on a dream
What love can go
The wrestler
Kingdom of days


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At first listen only a few tracks stand out to you but when you listen to it 4-5 times more the tracks get better and better the stand out track on this album would have to be Lucky Day or Outlaw Pete and i really love The Wrestler as well.
Bruce Springsteen is my favourite artist and has been since i first heard The River i have all his albums and rate this album highly now it dosent have the instant impact of Born To Run or Magic but it will really grows on you and is now one of my favourite albums from The Boss.
Well worth buying for Springsteen fans and if your not a fan give it a go and listen to it a few times before making your mind up about this album it really really grows on you.

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