Bruce Springsteen's Bridge to Nowhere

The singer's new album sounds like the same old jam

As Chris Christie's George Washington Bridge scandal spread earlier this month, there was a string of jokes on Twitter that alluded to the New Jersey governor's adoration for his state's cultural hero: "Tunnel of Love (Gets Shut Down Next)," "working on the highway, laying down the traffic cones" and so on. But the gags using the hashtag #ChristieSpringsteenLyrics were virtually all references to songs Bruce Springsteen recorded decades ago. You'd never have guessed from looking at them that the (original) Boss was about to release a new album.

There's a certain kind of record that rock stars make when their creative...

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