In their highly active time between 1967 and 1974 Agitation Free released just two albums. Then came the dissolution of the Berlin Kraut cult icons - almost exactly 40 years ago. In 1999 they got together again for a (rather disappointing) album.
To be exact, Bruce Springsteen has released "Magic", one of the most outstanding and four extremely mixed records of this millennium. And even though many people were surprised to feel addressed by the Mitgröl-Fidel-Folk of the Seeger sessions, it has to be stated that the man from New Jersey had reached his artistic low with it. Therefore, it seems strange that the boss of his new album is exactly there: protest songs, which are in the tradition of Pete Seeger, can be found there. After the extremely mediokren, positively tuned Obama album "Working On A Dream" this is not wrong at first sight. But at the latest after the third song you dream yourself into a better world full of "Born To Runs" and "Thunder Roads". The rough, melodic rocker "We Take Care Of Our Own" is followed by two songs of such inconceivable musical insignificance that one believes to be holding the boss' next folklore mistake in his hands. But the voices that everywhere say that Springsteen has transferred his Seeger sessions into his own songwriting can only be believed to a limited extent: What follows takes getting used to, but much, much better. The highly acclaimed ballad "Jack Of All Trades" stands, like so much of the album, in the musical and lyrical tradition of "Born In The U.S.A."; references to the commercial overalbum can also be found in many other places. You can stand as you like, it definitely has a system. The absence of the unspeakable producer Brendan O'Brien, who had ruined the sound of the last albums to a large extent, is an incredible benefit. So again not a masterpiece, but - at least in the second half - a successful return to the eighties. Why shouldn't I?
Top Track: Wrecking Ball