Bruce Springsteen is one of a handful of rock musicians to have aged gracefully while also growing as an artist. Instead of burning out and fading away, Springsteen had a remarkable fourteen-year streak of eight great albums, starting with 1973's Greetings From Asbury Park, N.J. What has made him special from the beginning is his keen ability to bring intelligence and native wisdom to a wide range of subjects and incorporating that seamlessly into compelling music — whether it was the full-blown rock of Born to Run or the haunted introspection of Nebraska. Working on a Dream, the Boss's latest, proves his continued relevance; he continues to be the rock-and-roll equivalent of Steinbeck with the soul of a Beat poet, and he still performs one fiery show after another.
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