Music: Songs for The Witching Season

The Boss's new album takes a deep plunge into dark waters

The Tunnel of Love appears in stores this week, but anyone with a radio has already heard Bruce Springsteen telling what it is about. The first single from the album, Brilliant Disguise, floats easily in the air to a snapback, mid-tempo rhythm. It is like a silk scarf shading a lamp: the song throws off odd refractions of color and veils a 100-watt glow. The melody is sinuous, but the lyrics say something scary just at the end: "God have mercy on the man/ Who doubts what he's sure of." That is Tunnel of Love in two deft lines, an album...

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