Bruce Springsteen – Devils & Dust (2005/2015) [HDTracks FLAC 24bit/96kHz]

Bruce Springsteen – Devils & Dust (2005/2015)
FLAC (tracks) 24 bit/96kHz | Time – 00:50:51 minutes | 985 MB | Genre: Rock
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Devils & Dust is Springsteen’s thirteenth studio album and his third acoustic album. The record reached number 1 on the US Billboard 200 albums chart.

Every decade or so, Bruce Springsteen releases a somber album of narrative songs, character sketches, and folk tunes — records that play not like rock & roll, but rather as a collection of short stories. Nebraska, released in the fall of 1982 during the rise of Reagan’s America, was the first of these, with the brooding The Ghost of Tom Joad following in 1995, in the thick of the Clinton administration but before the heady boom days of the late ’90s. At the midpoint of George W. Bush’s administration, Springsteen released Devils & Dust, another collection of story songs that would seem on the surface to be a companion to Nebraska and Ghost, but in actuality is quite a different record than either. While the characters that roam through Devils & Dust are similarly heartbroken, desperate, and downtrodden, they’re far removed from the criminals and renegades of Nebraska, and the album doesn’t have the political immediacy of Ghost’s latter-day Woody Guthrie-styled tales — themes that tied together those two albums. Here, the songs and stories are loosely connected. Several are set in the West, some are despairing, some have signs of hope, a couple are even sweet and light. Springsteen’s writing is similarly varied, occasionally hearkening back to the spare, dusty prose of Nebraska, but often it’s densely composed, assured, and evocative, written as if the songs were meant to be read aloud, not sung. But the key to Devils & Dust, and why it’s his strongest record in a long time, is that the music is as vivid and varied as the words. Unlike the meditative, monochromatic The Ghost of Tom Joad, this has different shades of color, so somber epics like “The Hitter” or the sad, lonely “Reno” are balanced by the lighter “Long Time Comin’,” “Maria’s Bed,” and “All I’m Thinkin’ About,” while the moodier “Black Cowboys” and “Devils & Dust” are enhanced by subtly cinematic productions. It results in a record that’s far removed in feel from the stark, haunting Nebraska, but on a song-for-song level, it’s nearly as strong, since its stories linger in the imagination as long as the ones from that 1982 masterpiece (and they stick around longer than those from Ghost, as well). Devils & Dust is also concise and precisely constructed, two things the otherwise excellent 2002 comeback The Rising was not, and that sharp focus helps make this the leanest, artiest, and simply best Springsteen record in many years. -AllMusic Review by Stephen Thomas Erlewine

1. Devils & Dust 04:58
2. All The Way Home 03:35
3. Reno 04:08
4. Long Time Comin’ 04:17
5. Black Cowboys 04:07
6. Maria’s Bed 05:37
7. Silver Palomino 03:21
8. Jesus Was an Only Son – The Song 02:52
9. Leah 03:33
10. The Hitter 05:48
11. All I’m Thinkin’ About 04:17
12. Matamoros Banks 04:00

Bruce Springsteen – vocals, guitar, keyboards, bass guitar, drums, harmonica, tambourine, percussion
Brendan O’Brien – hurdy-gurdy, sarangi, sitar, bass guitar, tambora
Steve Jordan – drums
Patti Scialfa – backing vocals
Soozie Tyrell – violin, backing vocals
Marty Rifkin – steel guitar
Lisa Lowell – backing vocals
Chuck Plotkin – piano
Danny Federici – keyboards
Nashville String Machine – strings
Brice Andrus, Susan Welty, Thomas Witte, Donald Strand – horns
Mark Pender – trumpet

Note: This album sourced from a 44.1kHz/24 bit Pro Tools session and mastered at 96kHz/24 bit