If it bums you out that other people don’t like the latest songs, you might want to stay away. This is for everyone who’s bummed because they don’t like them. Or, you know, just me.
Ghosts starts out well enough. Although it is the exact same intro as We Take Care of Our Own (there are more similarities between the two songs, I think) at least the drums sound terrific. I don’t remember the last time a Bruce record with the band had drums sounding like drums.
But then, when it comes in... oh boy, what a letdown. There’s nothing specifically wrong. It’s not the “your love and I’m alive” echoing the much greater The Fuse (“your kiss and I’m alive”), it’s not the production (I love the sound of the drums and to actually be able to hear the guitars).
But this, this sounds like someone tried to write a song that would sound like Bruce. It’s generic. It’s clichéd and you can see exactly what he is going for in terms of how it will/would translate live. Everything sounds planned for live performance and I don’t like it. Even the horribly compressed vocals at the very end mimicking the riff.
This, like the song before, sounds to me like Bruce exploiting sentimental nostalgia, mythologising his own Past.
I don’t care for the lyrics (“voice/rejoice”, “ghost moving through the night”, “your spirit filled with light”), it’s an AI software came up with Bruce-like lyrics. And I particularly dislike the predictable Who-like quiet bridge.
But there’s one more thing. Maybe the most important thing. I absolutely can’t stand this nostalgia. I don’t like it when Bruce looks back because it feels like he’s looking the wrong way. That’s not what I need from music. And that’s definitely not what I need from Bruce. I don’t want to be emotional looking at montages with old footage. I want to be emotional about things that are relevant now.