Concert preview: Springsteen still a force in concert

From the April 10, 2014 edition

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.

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

Photo courtesy of Bruce Springsteen