14 Songs, 58 Minutes

EDITORS’ NOTES

Having disbanded The E Street Band to see what he could come up with on his own in the ‘90s, Bruce Springsteen explored smoother rock and pop. Keyboardist Roy Bittan stayed, adding warm synthetic textures to the insightful title track and the positively heartstopping “I Wish I Were Blind,” where one can hear the skies open in the final return as Bruce sings: “And though the world is filled with the grace and beauty of God’s hand/Oh I wish I were blind.” Sam Moore of Sam & Dave adds backing vocals to “Soul Driver,” “Real World,” and “Man’s Job.” Mark Isham puts his trademark trumpet phrasing to the irresistible “With Every Wish.” “Cross My Heart” pulses like a film noir. “Gloria’s Eyes” features flashes of Springsteen’s underrated guitar work. Yet the lack of The E Street Band impacts the overall feel, and songs such as “The Long Goodbye,” “Man’s Job,” and “All or Nothin’ at All,” while plenty strong, miss the group’s identity.

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EDITORS’ NOTES

Having disbanded The E Street Band to see what he could come up with on his own in the ‘90s, Bruce Springsteen explored smoother rock and pop. Keyboardist Roy Bittan stayed, adding warm synthetic textures to the insightful title track and the positively heartstopping “I Wish I Were Blind,” where one can hear the skies open in the final return as Bruce sings: “And though the world is filled with the grace and beauty of God’s hand/Oh I wish I were blind.” Sam Moore of Sam & Dave adds backing vocals to “Soul Driver,” “Real World,” and “Man’s Job.” Mark Isham puts his trademark trumpet phrasing to the irresistible “With Every Wish.” “Cross My Heart” pulses like a film noir. “Gloria’s Eyes” features flashes of Springsteen’s underrated guitar work. Yet the lack of The E Street Band impacts the overall feel, and songs such as “The Long Goodbye,” “Man’s Job,” and “All or Nothin’ at All,” while plenty strong, miss the group’s identity.

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Ratings and Reviews

4.0 out of 5
52 Ratings

52 Ratings

Powers7077 ,

You are off your gourd

As Springsteen said, it was time to write about the main course of life - not the dazzling but ultimately distant subject matter of his (admittedly brilliant) intellectual material. This album delivers. Sex, power, emotion, powerlessness, wonder, hope - if you are not somebody that simply needs to encounter ideas through the experience of off-beat characters, this album is a triumph.

Johnny99inLA ,

Really good for anybody else, ok for Bruce

Big fan here. I'm probably more patient w/ this period of Bruce's catalog than some other die hards. However, tracks "Human Touch" and "With Every Wish" sit among his best. The first is a great rocker that I think of being the "shoulda-happened-but-never-did" duet with Tina Turner, and the second is unlike anything, musically, he's ever done, a stunning song. He admits "Real World" is the "one that got away." "Blind" and "57" are worthwhile as well. Now move on to the Lucky Town CD.

Grim Reaper! ,

Human Touch

It's amazing the way that so many fans of a rock star begin complaining as soon as the star produces an album that's a little different from all the signature works previously done by the star... like several of the reviews above. "Human Touch" is still with no question about it the work of Bruce Springsteen, and it's a little more laid back and easier rollin' than his usual work. Like his usual work, "Touch" is a very nice album to listen to and enjoy, one of his best works. So give Bruce a break and try to understand at least some of what he trying to say with this work...

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