What happens though when these artists who have captured the imagination and hearts of listeners for decades try to milk their talents for every last drop of cash and exposure? Exile on Mainstreet
will live forever, but in ten years, no one will remember A Bigger Bang
, and Joshua Tree
was an anthemic calling card for generations but No Line on the Horizon
seemed like U2 was marching in place. At a certain point in your career, you have to admit that you're out of good ideas. There are only two artists in the American songbook that have managed to "keep on keeping on" for more than three decades. The first is the great American poet, Bob Dylan, whose debut album released 50 years ago today and whose 32nd studio album (2006's Modern Times
) is still considered one of his greatest accomplishments. The last is, of course, "the Boss." Bruce Springsteen
just released his 17th studio album, Wrecking Ball
, and it is with complete sincerity that we say that the Boss is only getting better with age.