You know Tuesday Reviews, and today is a new day for showcasing the best two albums that you should be aware of during this past week’s release parade. This week, the competition was strong with albums like Cannonball! from Sen Morimoto and Rausch from Gas, but we have our favorites.
Bruce Springsteen – Tunnel Of Love
This is like a hidden treasure for every Springsteen fan out there, featuring his complete output from 1987 to 1996, with every track remastered and a nice vinyl set to make it pretty. Not everyone is going to be searching this kind of craft nowadays, but people like us always gravitate towards these releases. The nostalgia trip has just begun with this one.
This period of Springsteen is different from his 1984’s commercial peak Born in the U.S.A. With darker lyrics, focusing on a constant rant about how everyone from his era was manipulated into a life they weren’t happy about. Things that used to matter to them were no longer driving them into a happy lifestyle. Springsteen is the voice of that generation.
This period was also greatly shaped by the fact that he had to form another band to record it after disbanding Springsteen’s E Street Band in 1988. The “others” were a group from Los Angeles studio who recorded three records alongside the rock star.
Quiet Slang – Everything Matters But No One Is Listening
James Alex is here again, and this time is bringing a Sufjan Stevens vibe with this new album, which features fear as the root of all problems. In this album, fear of rejection, fear of failure, fear of judgment, and fear of feeling vulnerable are the main staples in a calmed, relaxed-sounding record that can bring you to tears on some occasions, which is something we’re not accustomed to.
This is a normal evolution for any old-time rock person. Nobody wants to keep sounding the same when they’re old, and this guy is no different. The natural sound of a piano, a cello, and Alex’s vocals, make it seem like this man reached a new level of matureness. It’s something really different from the same man who founded Beach Slang and we can’t get enough of it.
In this record, Alex explores that anxiety feeling everyone gets when showing their truest colors to a person that makes them feel vulnerable. Although many people will say that it can get repetitive at some point, this record is one of those jewels to have when things go south and you just want to feel everything at once.
What do you think? Are you a Springsteen fan? We’re sure that the collector’s box they assembled is the perfect gift for one of those enthusiasts. On the other hand, Quiet Slang is something that everybody should be paying attention to, even with its repetitive quirks.