Working on a Dream

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All Music Guide - Stephen Thomas Erlewine
From its bright, brittle production to its tossed-off postage stamp cover art, Working on a Dream is in every respect a companion piece to Magic, an album that's merely a set of songs, both sprawling and deliberately small, songs that don't necessarily tackle any one major theme but all add up to a portrait of their time. Magic chronicled the dog days of Bush where Working on a Dream is designed as a keynote to the Obama age, released just a week after the inauguration of the U.S.'s 44th president and not coincidentally containing not a little optimism within its 13 tracks. This sense of hope is a tonic to the despair that crept into the margins of Magic but ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Stephen Thomas Erlewine
From its bright, brittle production to its tossed-off postage stamp cover art, Working on a Dream is in every respect a companion piece to Magic, an album that's merely a set of songs, both sprawling and deliberately small, songs that don't necessarily tackle any one major theme but all add up to a portrait of their time. Magic chronicled the dog days of Bush where Working on a Dream is designed as a keynote to the Obama age, released just a week after the inauguration of the U.S.'s 44th president and not coincidentally containing not a little optimism within its 13 tracks. This sense of hope is a tonic to the despair that crept into the margins of Magic but it's easy to posit Working on a Dream as pure positivity, which isn't exactly true: a hangover from W lingers, most vividly in the broken spirit of "The Wrestler," and Bruce mourning departed E Street Band member Danny Federici with "The Last Carnival." Springsteen peppers his tribute with images recalling the early days of the E Street Band but saves a revival of their wild, woolly sound for the opening "Outlaw Pete," a cavernous, circular, comical epic reminiscent of Springsteen's unwieldy portraits of rats on the Jersey Shore. "Outlaw Pete" is Working on a Dream at its best, playing like nothing less than The E Street Shuffle as reflected and refracted through Arcade Fire's naked hero worship, casually highlighting how producer Brendan O'Brien has gently nudged the Boss toward new musical avenues. Many of these new sounds are drawn from the past, often feeling informed by Little Steven's Underground Garage -- Van Zandt and Nils Lofgren's guitars chime like the Byrds; the band knocks out a tough little blues number on "Good Eye"; and Springsteen shows a knack for pure pop on "Surprise, Surprise" and indulges his ever-increasing Brian Wilson fascination on "This Life," whose percolating organs and harmonies rival the High Llamas. All this rests nicely alongside the Boss' trademarks -- galloping rockers that fill a stadium "My Lucky Day" and their polar opposite, his intimate acoustic tunes "Tomorrow Never Knows" -- which all make Working on a Dream read like a rich, inventive, musical album...which it is, to an extent. The ideas and intent are there, but the album is hampered slightly by the overall modesty of Springsteen's writing -- by and large, these are small-scale songs and feel that way -- and hurt significantly by the precise, digital production that muffles the music's imagination and impact. A large part of Springsteen's appeal has always been how the E Street Band has sounded as big and open as his heart, but Working on a Dream, like Magic before it, has a production that feels tiny and constrained even as it is layered with extraneous details. It's possible to listen around this production and hear the modest charms of the songs, but the album would be better if the sound matched the sentiment.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 1/27/2009
  • Label: Sony
  • UPC: 886974135524
  • Catalog Number: 741355
  • Sales rank: 31,836

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 Outlaw Pete (8:00)
  2. 2 My Lucky Day (4:00)
  3. 3 Working on a Dream (3:30)
  4. 4 Queen of the Supermarket (4:39)
  5. 5 What Love Can Do (2:56)
  6. 6 This Life (4:30)
  7. 7 Good Eye (3:00)
  8. 8 Tomorrow Never Knows (2:13)
  9. 9 Life Itself (4:00)
  10. 10 Kingdom of Days (4:02)
  11. 11 Surprise, Surprise (3:24)
  12. 12 The Last Carnival (3:29)
  13. 13 The Wrestler (3:50)
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
Bruce Springsteen Primary Artist, Guitar, Harmonica, Percussion, Glockenspiel, Keyboards, Vocals
Nils Lofgren Guitar, Vocals
Clarence Clemons Saxophone, Vocals
Patti Scialfa Vocals
Roy Bittan Organ, Piano, Accordion
Danny Federici Organ
Garry Tallent Bass, Bass Guitar
Soozie Tyrell Violin, Vocals
Patrick Warren Piano, Keyboards
Max Weinberg Drums
Steve VanZandt Guitar, Vocals
Jason Federici Accordion
Technical Credits
Bruce Springsteen Composer
Barbara Carr Management
Nick DiDia Engineer
Jon Landau Management
Bob Ludwig Mastering, Remastering
Brendan O'Brien Producer, Audio Production
Toby Scott Engineer
Billy Bowers Engineer
David Bett Art Direction
Christopher Austopchuk Art Direction
Danny Clinch Cover Photo
Eddie Horst Horn Arrangements, String Arrangements
Michelle Holme Art Direction
Tom Syrowski Engineer
Alison Oscar Management
Sophia Pecora Management
Edward Horst Arranger
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Customer Reviews

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  • Posted October 1, 2010

    Working on a Dream

    Sadly disappointing. I normally love the Boss's music, but this CD was upleasant to the ear, and way too "kitchy" for me... My least favorite of all his albums so far.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted October 1, 2010

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    Working on A Dream FIVE STARS

    Enjoy every song

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Another Mindblower From The Boss

    How? I mean seriously, how does he do it? He's pushing 60 for God's sake and is putting out some of the best music of his life. Working on a Dream follows closely in the footsteps of his last masterpiece, Magic. Bruce is still indulging his 60's pop appetite, but this time the arrangements are even more lush and ethereal. If Magic was his final word on the Bush administration, Working on a Dream is the sound of a man freed from fear and loathing and prepared to start building again. It's as inspiring as it is beautiful. He sings direct and open love letters to his wife on This Life and Kingdom of Days. On The Last Carnival, he eulogizes Dan Federici in the form of Wild Billy rolling up the tents and packing them onto the trains he won't be travelling on anymore. It's a heartbreaking and fitting tribute to the man who's organ playing painted the Jersey Shore so vividly into so many of Bruce's songs. Working on a Dream is a pitch perfect song for a country in the midst of hard economic times, but is also a call to straighten our backs and get to work. It carries many of the hopes that he and much of our nation see in our new president. Queen of the Supermarket at first feels like an odd tune in the Boss's catalog, but it harkens back to The Wild, The Innocent record and is a heartaching loners lament about unrequited love that comes crashing to an explosive climax. It's all capped off with the bonus track, The Wrestler, which, having seen the movie, is devastating. This is another fantastic collection that encapsulates bits and pieces from a 30+ year career and throws enough curve balls to keep you on your toes. Thanks again Boss!

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    I Also Recommend:

    bruce bringsteen at his worst

    bruce bringsteen at his worst idk why he made this album all the songs have no feeling or meaning in it this is bruce bringsteens worst effort and worst album he has ever made in music history

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  • Posted October 1, 2010

    Legendary

    Bruce has captured the hopeful energy of our times with his latest album. Like most of his releases, the music is best consumed live, but it's satisfying to just close your eyes and experience the message and the music.

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  • Posted October 1, 2010

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    Boring and disappointing - monotonous

    I am a huge fan, this disc was very sad in my opinion. Most of the songs are the same thythm, monotonic and boring. I don't play it any more - played it once! Bruce you can do better!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Good CD

    Good CD. My only complaint...it won't copy into ipod

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  • Posted October 1, 2010

    Great album

    If you are a Bruce fan you have to have this. The songs are great and he sounds golden as always!

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  • Posted October 1, 2010

    Nearly Perfect

    Bruce will be awesome into his 90's. He is so original. I appreciate the album more each time I listen.

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  • Posted October 1, 2010

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    I Also Recommend:

    Not Springsteen's Best Work

    Not Springsteen's Best Work

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  • Posted October 1, 2010

    Great CD

    I send this CD to my friend as a gift. She likes it very much and she is a big fan of Bruce and now I become a fan of him.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    great new album from Bruce Springsteen

    Bruce Springsteen is a favorite of mine, and I was not disappointed with his new album. It's great that he has a new one out so soon after the last. I'd read a couple of reviews, one favorable and one not so, and I'm glad I ignored the not so favorble one and went out and bought the album. There is a variety of songs, a variety of moods. It's a different tone from his last couple of albums, but there's nothing wrong with that at all.

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  • Posted October 1, 2010

    Mediocre

    I was expecting more and better

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  • Posted October 1, 2010

    Another A+ from the Boss!

    I am a huge Springsteen fan and have everything he has ever recorded. I always buy his albums and only regretted it once on The Seeger Sessions. Working on a Dream is destined to become a classic.

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  • Posted October 1, 2010

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    Better than magic!

    Bruce continues to evolve as an artist and consequently takes us along on the journey. His lyrics transport us to the scene of a story and to feelings old and new. Every long time fan will already have this CD but newcomers and converts need to immerse themselves in it and then find a way to see and hear him perform.

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  • Posted October 1, 2010

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    Music good, lyrics weird!

    I bought this for my husband, a super big fan. He likes it a lot but, I who consider myself a fan think that the music alone is really nice and very enjoyable but, the lyrics "cowboy Pete, queen of the supermarket, and one legged dog" are weird and hard to sing along with. I mean can you imagine a dog with only one leg? Really, I think Bruce let his kids write some of this stuff! I recommend this CD to all the Bruce fans out there but, not his best lyrics in my opinion.

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  • Posted October 1, 2010

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    Another Bruce Springsteen hit album

    It is rare to find a music album where every song is good, but that's exactly how I find Bruce Springsteen's Working on a Dream. All thirteen songs are enjoyable and original, but still retain that special "Bruce" flavor. An added bonus is a booklet with lyrics to all the songs.

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  • Posted October 1, 2010

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    Good, not great

    While I have enjoyed listening to the CD, it is typical recent Springsteen. So, if you enjoy his other issues, you'll like this. If not, save your money.

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  • Posted October 1, 2010

    still the boss

    Bruce Springsteen playing with the E Street Band is just about as good as it gets. Even if the only Springsteen recording you have is "Born to Run" go out and get "Working on a Dream" so that you can marvel at the continuity over a 30+ years stretch. Must have for any serious collector of American rock and roll.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    the boss is back

    this is bruces best cd in years.every song is great.well written well performed all round great cd

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