Sparks Fly On E Street: Bruce Springsteen, “Man’s Job” (1992)

If you read enough writing about Springsteen, sooner or later you’ll discover that every song he’s ever done has been thought of as his “worst” by somebody. Since I’ve never spent a whole lot of time wasting the energy it takes to draw such distinctions, these assessments always amuse me.

If “Man’s Job” is the worst thing Bruce has ever done, I guess I’ll just have to admit right here that I have no taste in these matters. I’ve always kind of enjoyed it. I mean, it’s not on my BringASignToABruceShow list or anything, but that doesn’t mean I don’t find some fun in it. First, it’s never a bad thing to have Bobby King and (especially!) Sam Moore on vocals. Ever.

And then there’s that twangin’ guitar thing, which is (as usual) much more fun in the live setting. Shane may have been a weird dude, but his guitar sound was just right for this era. Bobby King does a great job with the backing vocals here here. And what’s with the hijinx with the backup ladies at the end of the tune.

Man, I never get to have that much fun at work.

Next up: I Wish I Were Blind

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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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