Yes, it’s true. My ears found the new Bruce Springsteen covers surprisingly good. His new covers album Only The Strong Survive, takes us into a deep dive of Bruce Springsteen’s soul, with fifteen covers that are to me, unexpectedly good.
Bruce Surprised Me
My journey with the Boss started of course, in the late 1970’s and 80’s enjoying his hits on the radio. How could you not like Born To Run and of course, Dancin’ In The Dark. BUT, what I didn’t get was the image of rock royalty that the media and fans portrayed.
People would talk about Bruce like he was Elvis, or the Beatles. I didn’t get it.
That all changed when I saw him LIVE. Years ago a friend invited me to see Bruce LIVE in Chicago. I believe it was The Tunnel Of Love Tour. It was an experience I’ll never forget. There was one point in the show, where Bruce climbed on a piano, and played his guitar for AN HOUR. I didn’t even know the songs. They were deep cuts. But his ENERGY and soul came off the stage and filled the hearts and souls of everyone there. I know, it sounds crazy, but somehow, he connected all of us as one. It was nuts! He truly ROCKED, standing on a piano for an hour. At that point I said, to myself: “I get it. He’s the Boss!”
Bruce Sings From His Soul
Ever since that concert experience, I hear his songs differently now. It’s like my soul has grown Springsteen ears. I don’t hear his songs, I feel them.
So when I heard about this covers album, to hear that he was covering soulful artists like The Commodores, and The Supremes, I got curious.
Let’s take a listen to some of the tracks and judge together.
If you’re a fan, you may agree and find these Bruce Springsteen covers surprisingly good.
Listen with your soul.