Bruce Springsteen – Lucky Town (1992/2015) [PonoMusic FLAC 24bit/44.1kHz]

Bruce Springsteen – Lucky Town (1992/2015)
FLAC (tracks) 24 bit/96kHz | Time – 00:39:38 minutes | 467 MB | Genre: Rock
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Recorded: September 1991 – January 1992 at Thrill Hill Recording and A&M Studios

Lucky Town is the tenth studio album by Bruce Springsteen. The album was released on March 31, 1992, the same day as the Human Touch album.

Reportedly, Bruce Springsteen recorded most of Human Touch in 1990, but left it unreleased. He returned to work in the fall of 1991, intending to add a song, but ended up recording a whole new album, Lucky Town, and then decided to release both records at the same time in the spring of 1992. He might have been better off pulling a couple of the stronger songs from the earlier album, adding them to the later one (which runs less than 40 minutes), and shelving the rest. While Human Touch was a disappointing album of second-rate material, Lucky Town is an ambitious collection addressing many of Springsteen’s major concerns and moving them forward. Here was the rage and the humor, the sense of compassion, the loyalty and commitment that had been the stuff of Springsteen’s best music from the beginning. Songs like “Better Days” and “Local Hero” commented on and deflated the commercial success with which Springsteen clearly felt uncomfortable; “If I Should Fall Behind” and “Book of Dreams” expressed romantic fidelity and generosity; “Souls of the Departed” contained scathing social commentary; and “My Beautiful Reward” was a meditative epilogue. The lyrics were better, the arrangements tighter, the performances more powerful than those on the companion release. If Lucky Town, like Tunnel of Love and Human Touch before it, sounded a little under-produced, it nevertheless had the mark of the major artist Springsteen is, and if he had released it alone, it might have had a more significant impact. -William Ruhlmann

1. “Better Days” 4:08
2. “Lucky Town” 3:27
3. “Local Hero” 4:04
4. “If I Should Fall Behind” 2:57
5. “Leap of Faith” 3:27
6. “The Big Muddy” 4:05
7. “Living Proof” 4:49
8. “Book of Dreams” 4:24
9. “Souls of the Departed” 4:17
10. “My Beautiful Reward” 3:55
All songs written by Bruce Springsteen.

Bruce Springsteen – guitar, lead vocals, keyboards, bass guitar, harmonica, percussion
Gary Mallaber – drums
Roy Bittan – keyboards on “Leap of Faith”, “The Big Muddy” and “Living Proof”
Patti Scialfa – backing vocals on “Better Days”, “Local Hero” and “Leap of Faith”
Soozie Tyrell – backing vocals on “Better Days”, “Local Hero” and “Leap of Faith”
Lisa Lowell – backing vocals on “Better Days”, “Local Hero” and “Leap of Faith”
Randy Jackson – bass guitar on “Better Days”
Ian McLagan – organ on “My Beautiful Reward”