all american

October 29, 2019

“We’re always trying to find somebody whose broken pieces fit with our broken pieces, and something whole emerges,” croons Bruce Springsteen in his latest project, Western Stars. In the concert film, Springsteen transforms an old old barn into a music hall, and in the company of family and friends, performs thirteen tracks off his new album of the same name. In between songs, we catch glimpses of his life through photos and old video footage, while Springsteen (who wrote and co-directed the film) shares details of the journey that brought him to each song. I wanted more storytelling –– his voice is hypnotic –– and more of his wife, Patti Scialfa to whom the film was a “love letter.” But the music blew me away. A 30-piece orchestra accompanied each song, creating a sound that is classic Bruce, and utterly new.


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