Talk Talk Talk Talk Talk Myself to Death: Consequences

Tuesday, April 26, 2005

Consequences

The new Bruce Springsteen CD, Devils & Dust, is out today. When it doesn't sell as well as Born in the USA did twenty years ago, watch him get raked over the coals for campaigning for John Kerry and "killing his career." No one will pay attention to the fact that he hasn't sold at Born in the USA numbers since that album came out. (How did The Rising do? If I remember, it was a relative disappointment saleswise.) It won't be mentioned that this is a solo album without any extra players, just a boy and his guitar, so its more appropriate comparisons would be with Nebraska or The Ghost of Tom Joad, neither one exactly a blockbuster. No, the story we'll see in the liberal media will be that Springsteen's fan base has deserted him for getting political, that he's The Boss no more.

2 Comments:

At 12:22 AM, April 27, 2005, Blogger Don said...

Billboard says The Rising ranked 34 among albums in 2002, and 166 in 2003. It was on top of the charts for a couple of weeks. Not exactly a top 10 blockbuster either way, and certainly no Born to Run, like you suggested.

I heard The Boss on NPR this morning and thought he was great.

 
At 6:02 PM, April 27, 2005, Anonymous Doug said...

I'm a bit surprised. It did better than I'd assumed it did.

 

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