Bruce Springsteen returns with full lungs to his soul sources – rts.ch
The American singer is back with “Only The Strong Survive”, a 21st studio album of lustrous covers of soulful tracks. Bruce Springsteen puts his voice at the service of songs from the 1960s with strong brass and choirs. A half success.
He wanted to make an album where he was just singing. From this point of view, “Only The Strong Survive” is a success since Bruce Springsteen, 73, slips easily and with vocal authority into these fifteen covers of soul tube factories such as Motown or Stax.
It must be said that these are pieces he knows on the tip of his tongue since he had already interpreted them often when he started out in the clubs of New Jersey where he was already playing the crooners and where the rhythm’n’blues cradled his adolescence.
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Arrangements often too wise
In this melancholic repertoire composed of covers of Jerry Butler (“Only The Strong Survive”, 1968), Frank Wilson (“Do I Love You (Indeed I Do”, 1965), the Commodores (“Nightshift”, 1985), the Temptations (“I Wish It Would Rain”, 1967) or Jimmy Ruffin (“What Becomes of the Brokenhearted”, 1966), we regret however arrangements a little too clean and smooth compared to the harshness of certain soul productions of the years 1960.
This 21st studio album alternating standards and lesser-known titles will therefore be aimed above all at Boss fans who will find something to wait for a new original album and its tour scheduled for 2023. The others will be able to discover, possibly brought up to date, a part of the history of American music of the time with lots of brass and choirs.
Bruce Springsteen, “Only The Strong Survive” (Columbia/Sony Music).