Release Date: Apr 26, 2005
Record label: Sony
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.
One school of thought suggests music fans in 2005 have become irreversibly jaded and that rock music is therefore incapable of delivering an eye-popping shock. Alumni of said school are advised to head directly to Reno, the third track on Bruce Springsteen's 13th studio album, Devils and Dust. There, you can find the most astonishing sound you're likely to hear all year: Bruce Springsteen singing about anal sex.