Bruce SpringsteenのWe Shall Overcome

We Shall Overcome The Seeger Session

 ブルース=スプリングスティーンの新譜「勝利を我らに」(We Shall Overcome: The Seeger Sessions)を聞いた。
 収められている13曲はすべてトラディショナルで、ピート・シーガー(Pete Seeger)ゆかりの唄ばかり。
 あのRobert Christgauのコンシューマーガイド(Consumer Guide)では、「今月の失敗作」(Dud of the month)として、We Shall Overcomeを論じ、Bランクをつけている。

Bruce Springsteen

We Shall Overcome: The Seeger Sessions

We shall overkill, he means. Never have his Howard Keel tendencies, or maybe now they're Paul Robeson tendencies, tripped him up so bad. The idea is to big up the music and play the jokes you don't ignore like you're working a Roman amphitheater. I'm glad to have met the anti-war lament "Mrs. McGrath" and Sis Cunningham's "My Oklahoma Home," and sort of hope young people deprived of music appreciation funding will now hear "Erie Canal," "Froggie Went A-Courtin'," "John Henry," and "Jesse James." Only are young people really ignorant of these songs? And how many of them buy Springsteen albums anyway? Amping up his strange bluegrass-Dixieland hybrid like E Street is just around the corner, he sings his lungs out. But in folk music, lightness is all---and only newbies and John Hammond Jr. lean so hard on the cornpone drawl.