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Bruce Springsteen: The Ghost Of Tom Joad

Phil Sutcliffe, MOJO, December 1995

SPRINGSTEEN'S GOT HIS BOTTLE back. After the diverse dissatisfactions of Human Touch, Lucky Town, the point-defeating In Concert: MTV Plugged, and the unnecessary Greatest Hits, here he is matching the bravest career move he ever made. Like 1982's Nebraska, The Ghost Of Tom Joad is a commercial non-starter, largely acoustic and a hell of a risk – except that it had to be. And it's stunning.

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