Sparks Fly On E Street: Bruce Springsteen, “All That Heaven Will Allow” (1987)

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A guitar is lightly strummed, sticks are clicking (or maybe a weak rimshot…no matter, the repetition never ends), and some fluffy keyboards fill in the space. It’s a Springsteen love song that lives up to the characterization that Michael Stipe would come up with years later: odious.

To be honest, it’s not a horrible song, and I do kind of like that locket image. But let’s face it: if this song had come out on Working On A Dream, people would have hated it. Strangely enough, I might have actually liked the song if that were the case.

What’s the song about? It’s about two minutes and thirdy-eight seconds too long.

As usual, the stripped-down approach (again from the Devils & Dust tour) allows the real heart of the tune to shine through.

Up next: Spare Parts

[youtube http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ovZ6JaxvCb8?rel=0&w=420&h=315]

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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 [email protected]
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