Sparks Fly On E Street: Bruce Springsteen, “Lucky Town” (1992)

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The shift in mood from Human Touch to Lucky Town continues.

So many of the characters on the former record were trapped and confused in their surroundings. But here? Here we have a protagonist celebrating what seems like a new beginning. Singing with renewed confidence and amped-up Duane Eddy twang (some folks hate the twang — instrumental and vocal — I never understood that), the darkness of the past is stripped of its power by a brighter future.

Fans have always wondered why Bruce has neglected the material from this record. I’ve wondered myself. I mean, it does seem that it meshes so well with themes of Wrecking Ball.

Well, last night Bruce opened the show at Leipsig, Germany with the killer two-fer of “Roulette” into “Lucky Town.”

Why the relatively rare material so late in a tour? I don’t know. Maybe he’s sensing yet another new beginning? Speculation doesn’t really provide any value, but it sure it fun!

Up next: Local Hero

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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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