Advance reports described Devils & Dust as a return to the acoustic starkness of Nebraska, one of Springsteen's career peaks. In truth, it mostly feels like a reaction against the blandly patriotic FM rock of his terrible last album, The Rising. BRUCE SPRINGSTEEN, Devils & Dust (Sony):
Here, unsubtle layers of keyboards envelop and frequently smother what are otherwise sparse, skeletal songs.
The simplest tracks (Matamoras Banks, Silver Palominos) are by far the best.
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