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Artist:

Springsteen, Bruce

Album:

Devils & Dust

Year: 2005
Format: CD
Label: Columbia
Genre: [Singer-songwriter/Country/Rockabilly]
Overall Rating: 8.5
Music: 8.0
Production: 9.0


A new Springsteen album is quite a rare sight nowadays - actually the previous album 'The Rising' was released back in 2002. Every now and then the Boss decides to go acoustic by releasing an album full of atmospheric acoustic singer-songwriter music... take, for example, Springsteen's classic "Nebraska" and "The Ghost Of Tom Joad". Titled as Devils & Dust, Springsteen's 13th studio album covers a wide variety of subjecs (from the different side of human nature to Jesus, mother-child relationship and prostitution as well as war, which the title track handles).

Devils & Dust is an all-acoustic album, which doesn't have any qualities that would justify labeling it as a rock album. This is mainly an acoustic singer-songwriter album with some country influences as well as campfire rockabilly infused into the mix together with occasional female backings and string arrangements. Surprisingly the language used on Devils & Dust is stronger than on Springsteen's previous efforts.

The production on this album is very good. The sounds are atmospheric and to the point. The mastering has been carried out skilfully by the famous mastering engineer Bob Ludwig. Brendan O'Brien and Toby Scott took care of mixing, which they handled rather well. At first I was slightly put off by the boxy drum sound, but it actually suits the atmosphere of this album really well.

In addition to the original CD, there's a bonus DVD included that contains the album in 5.1 surround sound together with the lyrics. Also five acoustic performances of songs with extensive introductions by Bruce Springsteen himself have been included on the DVD. Unfortunately enough the DVD didn't play flawlessly on my system (the audio on filmed acoustic performances played slowly causing Springsteen's voice to become really low). I reckon it's a pressing error, since other DVDs play flawlessly on my system.

All in all, Devils & Dust is rather refreshing Springsteen album that surely will appeal to the majority of fans. Definitely an album worth checking out, since it comes with the DVD audio included. In USA it's available in DualDisc format.

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- MAGE (May 15th, 2005)



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LINE-UP:
Springsteen, Bruce: Vocals, Guitar, Keyboards, Percussion,
Tambourine, Bass & Drums
O'Brien, Brendan: Bass, Tambora, Sitar, Electric Sarangi &
Hurdy Gurdy
Jordan, Steve: Drums & Percussion
Nashville String Machine: Strings
Plotkin, Chuck: Piano
Rifkin, Marty: Steel Guitar
Federici, Dan: Keyboards
Tyrell, Soozie: Violin
Pender, Mark: Trumpet

- Horns -
Welty, Susan
Witte, Thomas
Andrus, Brice
Strand, Donald

- Background Vocals -
Scialfa, Patti
Tyrell, Soozie
Lowell, Lisa
Producer: O'Brien, Brendan; Springsteen, Bruce & Plotkin, Chuck
Mixing by: O'Brien, Brendan & Scott, Toby
Mastering by: Ludwig, Bob
TRACKLIST:
Springsteen, Bruce - Devils & Dust  CD  Cover Image
CD
01. Devils + Dust
02. All the Way Home
03. Reno
04. Long Time Comin'
05. Black Cowboys
06. Maria's Bed
07. Silver Palomino
08. Jesus Was an Only Son
09. Leah
10. The Hitter
11. All I'm Thinkin' About
12. Matamoros Banks

Length: 50:51

BONUS DVD
01. Devils + Dust
02. All the Way Home
03. Reno
04. Long Time Comin'
05. Black Cowboys
06. Maria's Bed
07. Silver Palomino
08. Jesus Was an Only Son
09. Leah
10. The Hitter
11. All I'm Thinkin' About
12. Matamoros Banks
Filmed Acoustic Performances of
13. Devils + Dust
14. Long Time Comin'
15, Reno
16, All I'm Thinkin' About
17. Matamoros Banks

Length: 80:42
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