Springsteen's most recent albums - I'm thinking 2012's Wrecking Ball and this year's High Hopes, in particular - have been fairly disappointing. While his targets (political corruption, economic inequality, etc.) have been on the mark, too often the songs were bogged down by the fussy, over-the-top production.

Springsteenís most recent albums ó Iím thinking 2012ís Wrecking Ball and this yearís High Hopes, in particular ó have been fairly disappointing. While his targets (political corruption, economic inequality, etc.) have been on the mark, too often the songs were bogged down by the fussy, over-the-top production.

Fortunately these various bells and whistles get shoved aside in the bandís still-vital live shows, which project a spirit and a sense of urgency missing from the sometimes-stilted studio output. Itís often said the only certain things in life are death and taxes (and get those returns filed before this concert), but the Bossí ability to deliver live has to run a close third.

Photo courtesy of Bruce Springsteen