Award-winning audiobook performer L. J. Ganser brings his sonorous voice to bear on Born in the U.S.A., music writer Geoffrey Himes' trip through Bruce Springsteen's most famous album and perhaps one of the greatest American albums of all time. Himes' excellent writing, honed in the pages of The Washington Post, Rolling Stone, and others, illuminates the making of this seminal album that approaches disillusionment with the American Dream with heart, humor, and serious talent. Springsteen fans will hang on every word as Ganser melodiously gives us Himes' critical and personal take on The Boss. This audiobook is an excellent companion to the album itself.
Max Weinberg hit his drums with a two-fisted physicality that cut through the swelling chords. With a rolled-up red kerchief around his head and heavy black boots under his faded jeans, Springsteen looked like the character of the song, and from the very first line ("Born down in a dead man's town") he sang with the throat-scraping desperation of a man with his back against the wall.
When he reached the crucial lines, though, the guitars and bass dropped out and Weinberg switched to just the hi-hat. Springsteen's voice grew a bit more private and reluctant as he sang, "Nowhere to run. Nowhere to go." It was as if he weren't sure if this were an admission of defeat or the drawing of a line in the sand. But when the band came crashing back at full strength - building a crescendo that fell apart in the cacophony of Springsteen's and Weinberg's wild soloing, paused and then came together again in the determined, marching riff - it was clear that the singer was ready to make a stand.
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