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Bruce Springsteen - Springsteen On Broadway (2018) Published: December 14/18 Released: December 14/18 albumRock30 Tracks • 148 Minutes
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92%
    SELECTED LINE: It is an absolute performance masterclass. -The Telegraph (UK)
    Springsteen On Broadway is a soundtrack album by Bruce Springsteen, released by Bruce Springsteen on December 14, 2018.
    Preview
    1. Growin' Up (Introduction) [Springsteen on Bro...2:04
    2. Growin' Up (Springsteen on Broadway)11:59
    3. My Hometown (Introduction) [Springsteen on Br...7:21
    4. My Hometown (Springsteen on Broadway)3:59
    5. My Father's House (Introduction) [Springsteen...4:28
    6. My Father's House (Springsteen on Broadway)6:22
    7. The Wish (Introduction) [Springsteen on Broad...6:09
    8. The Wish (Springsteen on Broadway)4:24
    9. Thunder Road (Introduction) [Springsteen on B...3:19
    10. Thunder Road (Springsteen on Broadway)5:28
    11. The Promised Land (Introduction) [Springsteen...11:34
    12. The Promised Land (Springsteen on Broadway)3:59
    13. Born in the U.S.A. (Introduction) [Springstee...8:02
    14. Born in the U.S.A. (Springsteen on Broadway)4:44
    15. Tenth Avenue Freeze-Out (Introduction) [Sprin...1:10
    16. Tenth Avenue Freeze-Out (Springsteen on Broad...7:56
    17. Tougher Than the Rest (Introduction) [Springs...1:25
    18. Tougher Than the Rest (Springsteen on Broadwa...4:29
    19. Brilliant Disguise (Introduction) [Springstee...1:43
    20. Brilliant Disguise (Springsteen on Broadway)4:47
    21. Long Time Comin' (Introduction) [Springsteen ...3:08
    22. Long Time Comin' (Springsteen on Broadway)3:54
    23. The Ghost of Tom Joad (Introduction) [Springs...3:27
    24. The Ghost of Tom Joad (Springsteen on Broadwa...4:36
    25. The Rising (Springsteen on Broadway)4:33
    26. Dancing in the Dark (Introduction) [Springste...2:47
    27. Dancing in the Dark (Springsteen on Broadway)4:10
    28. Land of Hope and Dreams (Springsteen on Broad...3:57
    29. Born to Run (Introduction) [Springsteen on Br...7:35
    30. Born to Run (Springsteen on Broadway)5:08
℗ 2018 Bruce Springsteen
Critic Reviews (37)

When one subtracts the visual elements of his show, plus his entire backing band, there isn’t enough that remains in Springsteen’s voice and acoustic guitar to make this album a worthwhile investment.

50% 1 month ago

Ultimate Guitar Ultimate Guitar

His voice is not necessarily brittle, but rough, strait-tattered - equally from those mythological streets that no longer exist today, but also those streets where Springsteen will be found again, now that he's nine-to-be. five-job on Broadway is done.

100% 1 month ago

lautde lautde

Rarely have journeys down the rock 'n' roll highway been so exhilarating.

1 month ago

Hot Press Hot Press

It stands on its own and will be viewed as an important milestone in The Boss' long and hallowed music career.

90% 1 month ago

The Straits Times The Straits Times (TOP)

Springsteen flawlessly blends his body of work with the tradition of Broadway in a manner which the casual and diehard fans can both marvel at.

100% 1 month ago

The Spill Magazine (CA) The Spill Magazine (CA)

It’s a vaguely predictable package. The songs essentially pick themselves and offer less of a challenge and work more as punctuation points with the focus remaining strictly on the strength of his storytelling that had taken the form of the exorcism of his autobiography (excellent by the way).

2 months ago

Louder Than War Louder Than War

It’s such a treat that even if you’re not a Springsteen fan, you can understand why people mortgaged their homes for tickets to the show.

2 months ago

San Francisco Chronicle San Francisco Chronicle

Springsteen on Broadway is still a frequently transcendent spectacle that’ll cure the most severe case of national theater-related FOMO since Hamilton.

2 months ago

The Ringer The Ringer

It’s a surprisingly meta presentation, at times feeling like as much of a storytelling workshop as a musical autobiography.

2 months ago

Vulture Vulture

Located somewhere between a TED talk, an episode of VH1’s Storytellers and a confessional, it’s a hugely nourishing listen – not least because Springsteen, the boss of righteous stadium bluster, unveils a self-deprecating sense of humour.

80% 2 months ago

The Observer (UK) The Observer (UK) (TOP)

Springsteen’s gifts as performer, raconteur and self-analyst enable him to sweep you into his interior world almost before you realise it, and it’s a magic trick as powerful as any he’s pulled off in his career.

80% 2 months ago

theartsdesk.com theartsdesk.com

The show is a campfire tale delivered with ted panache, and if there’s a spritz of hokum implied in that description—well, it’s Bruce Springsteen. Of course there is.

2 months ago


In “Springsteen on Broadway,’’ he pulls back the curtain and takes us deep into the life that shaped the career, while reminding us that there is a difference between the two.

2 months ago


Springsteen On Broadway sets a standard for all musicians entering their twilight years, as the man up on stage offers his most moving work in a catalog full of them.

91% 2 months ago


Never in rock & roll history has there been a production like Springsteen On Broadway.

70% 2 months ago

AllMusic AllMusic

It’s a master class in pacing, dynamics, modulation of volume and tone.

2 months ago

The New York Times The New York Times (TOP)

Even stripped of the visual element, the soundtrack proves richly enjoyable, a live album unlike any in his catalogue.

80% 2 months ago

Financial Times Financial Times (TOP)

Live albums, never quite being able to replicate the atmosphere of a show or the cleanness of a record, can be hard work – but Springsteen on Broadway is an enthralling listen.

80% 2 months ago

The Independent (UK) The Independent (UK) (TOP)

This might be a stretch for some but the combined 150 minutes of showtime is a riveting and moving rollercoaster ride through Springsteen’s past, the ups, the downs and the hard lessons learned on his road to survival, even a contentment of sorts.

80% 2 months ago

The Irish Times The Irish Times (TOP)

The stripped-back renditions of the classics are great, but it is the spoken-word sections that are most fascinating.

80% 2 months ago

The Times of London The Times of London (TOP)

When you look at it as representative of a body of work spanning four decades—which this production decidedly cannot escape representing—it is a more than suitable tribute to what Springsteen himself refers to as both his service and his “long and noisy prayer.”

80% 2 months ago


Featuring 14 monologues, it has a song to match every experience, accompanied by guitar and piano.

80% 2 months ago

Classic Rock Magazine Classic Rock Magazine

Fans have been worried for years: What do we do when he is no longer? Bruce Springsteen has long created a canon of stories and music that we can call upon when this moment approaches - and "Springsteen on Broadway" enriches this canon once more.

75% 2 months ago

Musikexpress Musikexpress

If you aren’t a fan of Springsteen before watching ‘Springsteen on Broadway’ you either will be at the end of this almost three hour performance, or it’ll fortify all the reasons you don’t.

80% 2 months ago

Clash Music Clash Music

It’s 2½ hours with a true believer who cut his chops back in the day when people thought rock ‘n’ roll might save the world. Clearly, he’s still a believer.

2 months ago

Los Angeles Times Los Angeles Times (TOP)

A model of modern, multi-platform art-making, both for its success and for the quality of each iteration.

90% 2 months ago


Despite his dynamism, and through no fault of his own, Springsteen recedes into our smartphones to become just a digital record of a great event.

2 months ago

San Francisco Chronicle San Francisco Chronicle

Springsteen has mastered the dynamics needed to keep a mostly talking, partly singing show riveting for a running time that’s epic by monologists’ standards, if not his own.

2 months ago


Springsteen shows the personal side behind some of his classics

88% 2 months ago

Newsday Newsday

It is an absolute performance masterclass.

2 months ago

The Telegraph (UK) The Telegraph (UK) (TOP)

Most of the time, however, the cocktail of homespun wisdom, frankness and blatant yarn-spinning is genuinely enthralling, a portrait of the rock star as a complex, conflicted 69-year-old man.

80% 2 months ago


“Springsteen on Broadway” is nothing short of a public service.

91% 2 months ago


Not since the release of his five-album set Live/1975-85 has Springsteen created as compelling a summation and affirmation of his life’s work.

2 months ago


Springsteen on Broadway is almost certainly going to go down as one of those great concert recordings - Stop Making Sense, The Last Waltz - that is viewed as transcendent of the form.

90% 2 months ago

Drowned In Sound Drowned In Sound

Along with its serious themes about family, faith, and one’s struggle to be true to oneself while striving to find a place in the community at large, Springsteen on Broadway is also funny, and its comic timing has been sharpened.

2 months ago

Philly Daily News Philly Daily News

His music—mostly on guitar, but occasionally on piano and harmonica—flows so naturally from him that it becomes part of his stories. Those stories, in turn, flow into the background as context for his music.

2 months ago


Springsteen on Broadway is a raw demystification of a legend in a way we don’t often see when personas are crafted through music and social media.

2 months ago

The Daily Dot The Daily Dot
User Reviews (5)

oldnewtimer2 months ago
Forever Growin’ Up I first saw Bruce in 1978 - five times that year and quite a few more throughout the years. I remember years later, many years ago - I thought about, imagined what his trajectory might be. I thought eventually he would be an actor in theater or film maybe. When I heard about the Broadway show I secretly thought it was cool that I hadn’t been that far off. And it makes sense. Who would want or expect him to still be doing music similar to the first few albums forever? He’s an artist, doing what artists do evolving, changing, growin’ up. I haven’t loved every single album and I don’t think he walks on water (well, not yet) but he has been a huge positive influence in my life. He has never stopped making me laugh and cry. This is another chapter and the story isn’t over. Like U2 has done I want to hear him do an EDM remix haha! That would be a challenge wouldn’t it? I don’t actually foresee it but what a trip it would be. Keep surprising us Bruce!

GaryE192 months ago
Something only The Boss can do. Brilliant.

zeke222 months ago
Nothing from the Wild, the Innocent & the E Street Shuffle What??? BTR might have made you rich, but WI & Estreet confirmed You as a artist!

mamaSDS2 months ago
Born (again) in the U. S. A. This haunting re-construction of Born in the USA is both history lesson and present day protest song. The spoken introduction and musical performance are a must listen to gain a better insight into the artist and offers an accessible, textured American history lesson.

Corona Joe2 months ago
Take it in It's context I saw the show and taken in context it was awesome how he weeved the songs into his life experiences. OF COURSE I enjoy the Bruce and the E Street Band more in THAT context...a concert. This was a Broadway play and perfectly done and delivered.
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