Again, I had been waiting for it and, for just a few seconds, that kick drum and moaning blues harp had me ready for … disappointment. Out came a furiously-strummed acoustic guitar to frame what felt like yet another shell of a rock song.
Maybe Bruce had grown tired of the electric guitar from the excesses of the Born In The USA tour (and cultural phenomenon), but all of these acoustic-based “rock” tunes had me ready to pitch this record out the window. Oh sure, there are electric guitars to be found in the background, but they’re drenched with so much transistorized distortion that they sound like pasted-on afterthoughts.
Over the years, I’ve heard a lot of people say that “Spare Parts” is the one “mistake” on Tunnel Of Love. Only one?
As usual, the Devils & Dust tour comes to my rescue:
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