The question arises. Stuffed with references to his past, steeped in rock and roll of the heyday and accompanied by a making-of showing him recording his new songs in happiness and camaraderie with his E Street Band, Letter to you, twentieth album in career, would it be the Boss’s swan song? His testament work?
If so – and his loyal fans certainly wish we were wrong – it would be hard to demand a better goodbye from good old Bruce.
Resolutely rock-cut, Letter to you has bite. It’s Springsteen at its best with a sweet touch of nostalgia.
Whether it’s when he thinks of his missing friends in Ghosts that he launches by singing “I hear the sound of your guitars” or through the piano intro which sets the table for superb House of Thousand Guitars, Springsteen brilliantly plays the emotion card.
In Last Man Standing, another success, he faces the fact that he is now the only living member of the Castiles, his first group when he was a teenager.
His look to the past is inspired and musically avoids repetition.
The strength of the collective
Apple TV + subscribers will also be able to see, in the black and white documentary devoted to the recording of the album, the clan spirit that unites Springsteen to his E Street Band and which provides the surplus soul that emerges. new compositions.
“Do you want to know when to stop?” Look at me, I’ll give you a clue, ”he says, looking amused, at the end of a cacophonous debate with Steven Van Zandt and the other musicians on the specific subject of where to take a break during a song.
In Letter to you, it is the strength of the collective that makes the difference. With, in the background, images that touch the heart: the Boss who conducts saxophonist Jake Clemons like a conductor, the nephew of the late Big Man, Clarence Clemons, or even Bruce who pushes the note with all the music. intensity of which he is capable with his wife Patti.
Four days to record
Springsteen had reserved five days at his personal studio to record Letter to you. As he revealed in a Zoom press conference attended by The Newspaper, Wednesday, everything was finally completed in four days. Experience pays off.
“On the fifth day, we listened to him and told each other stories,” he said.
Letter to you, continued the Boss, was recorded the old fashioned way. Everyone was playing at the same time, one take for vocals and three hours per song. “Like the Beatles,” Steven Van Zandt remarked.
“It was a once in a lifetime experience,” Springsteen summed up.
Letter to you ★★★★ ☆
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- Available October 23