”I love the emotional nature of Letter To You,” says Springsteen. “And I love the sound of the E Street Band playing completely live in the studio, in a way we’ve never done before, and with no overdubs. We made the album in only five days, and it turned out to be one of the greatest recording experiences I’ve ever had.
One month after his birthday, 71-year old Bruce Springsteen releases his twentieth studio album, Letter to You, almost 50 years since his debut debut Greetings from Asbury Park in 1973.
The album contains nine newly written songs and three songs he wrote in the early 70’s, Janey Needs a Shooter, If I Was the Priest, and Song for Orphans. Springsteen says in an interview with Apple music that he was looking for songs that he wrote when he was 22 years old, songs that were written before the first album, Greetings from Asbury Park and that could fit into a new context. Letter to You was recorded in Springsteen’s own studio in Colts Neck, New Jersey.
The new album is nostalgic, romantic and thoughtful. Springsteen looks back on times that’s gone – on his life and the young rock years before the breakthrough. The album is based on the loss of George Theiss, a member of Springsteen’s first band Castiles, Springsteen said in an interview.
Letter to you, is a declaration of love to a rock era that is gone. There is a common thread about the loss of old friends and aging. Springsteen has on Letter to you created a modern version of how it once sounded in the 70’s.
The album goes straight to my heart after listening to it just once. After 3-4 times the songs grow even stronger. Some stand out songs for me is Ghosts, If I was the priest, One minute you’re here, Letter to you and the final I’ll see you in my dreams. But Ghosts has sailed up as my big favorite on the record. There is a lot of what core E Street Band is, the structure, strong melody, a chorus that sticks, hammond organ, acoustic piano and tha compact rock sound. The opening track One minute you’re here is amazing, but to me I think it would have been better with a real Springsteen rocker as an opener, such as Burnin’ Train.
Letter to you is traditional Springsteen and we recognize ourselves. It may be needed in these troubled times and the fans will probably not be dissatisfied.
And I think, just as Springsteen expresses in the interview with Apple music, from October 19 (see it here above) that the songs on the album would do very well live together with the old classic songs from the heyday. Will we ever experience it again?
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