and two for some who got their CDs a day early! What do you think? (The thread no one wants to start?)
I like the record. I get some of the reviews who aren't real happy with the middle of the record. I'm only on my third pass through so far, and some cuts are going to have to grow on me. For the fans who post on this forum, we've all been looking forward to this and hoping for a home run, and I'm not sure if that's making me reluctant to call it one, or if it's not. Hence, a number of extra listens are necessary!
I'm a diehard Springsteen fan, and I think part of me really wanted a "Darkness" experience (Born to Run was his first commercial success, but most fans think Darkness on the Edge of Town, the follow up, is his best album). The Lion The Beast The Beat and The Divide are as good of cuts as I've heard from anyone in a long time. Stars is great. I think the sound overall is well produced, and there are some potentially commercial tracks (let's face it, they aren't going to make it big in this day and age without something that gets some Top 40/Pop play).
So, I'm happy, and think it's a great album. The first and last tracks leave me yearning for a little more in the middle; not disappointed, just wishing, if that makes any sense!
OK, I did it! Anyone else?