Sparks Fly On E Street: Bruce Springsteen, "Reason To Believe" (1982)

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Nebraska comes to a close with a song that sums up one of the underlying themes of the album: redemption. And man, we need some redemption here, what with the people dyin’ and folks being left at the alter and well, you know…just a few of the many happenings that can intrude on a life struggling to be well-lived.

Redemption is what the blues is all about, though there are a lot of characters on this record who never got there. Hell, some never even bothered to seek it out. But hey, that’s life in all of it’s pure sadness and joy. “Shit happens” is both a cliché and a fine bumper sticker. It’s also a bit of truth that’s unavoidable.

I’m about to move on to a record that some people feel is all lightness and chest-pounding. Sadly, they’re wrong and don’t even know it.

In the meantime, check out what happens when Bruce Springsteen’s “Reason To Believe” meets ZZ Top’s “La Grange. Sparks fly…

Next up: Born In The U.S.A.

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Mark Saleski

Mark Saleski

Mark Saleski is a writer and music obsessive based out of the woods of central New Hampshire. A past contributor to Jazz.com, Blogcritics.org and Salon, he originated several of our weekly features including the Friday Morning Listen, (Cross the) Heartland, WTF! Wednesday, and Sparks Fly on E Street. Follow him on Twitter: @msaleski. Contact Something Else! at reviews@somethingelsereviews.com.
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