Lucky Town

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Lucky Town
Studio album by Bruce Springsteen
Released March 31, 1992
Recorded September 1991 – January 1992 at Thrill Hill Recording and A&M Studios
Genre Rock
Length 39:38
Label Columbia
Producer Bruce Springsteen, Jon Landau, Chuck Plotkin
Bruce Springsteen chronology
Human Touch
(1992)
Lucky Town
(1992)
In Concert/MTV Plugged
(1993)
Singles from Lucky Town
  1. "Better Days"
    Released: March 21, 1992
  2. "Leap of Faith"
    Released: October 12, 1992
  3. "If I Should Fall Behind"
    Released: December 1992
  4. "Lucky Town"
    Released: March 29, 1993

Lucky Town is the tenth studio album by Bruce Springsteen. The album was released on March 31, 1992, the same day as the Human Touch album.

Background[edit]

Springsteen was working on Human Touch, which he intended to release sometime in 1990, but the project took him longer than he thought. He shelved the project in early 1991 and came back to it in September of the same year. Intending to record one more song for the album ("Living Proof"),[1] he ended up with ten new songs, which became Lucky Town. Once he completed Lucky Town, he decided to release both albums at the same time. While most of the songs from the album have received little to no performances since the reunion of the E Street Band, "If I Should Fall Behind" was played at every show during the 1999-2000 Reunion Tour and was included in the Live in New York City DVD and CD release.[2]

Themes[edit]

Compared to Human Touch, Lucky Town has a more stripped down, folksy sound and is more personal in terms of its songs' lyrics. Human Touch consisted of mostly love songs, while Lucky Town focuses on more specific events in Springsteen's life.[3] The opening track "Better Days" expresses his desire to start over after some rough patches in his life (his divorce from his first wife).[3] "Living Proof" is about the birth of his first son and "Local Hero" is about a time that he saw a picture of himself in a store window. When he went to buy it, the clerk told him it was a picture of a "local hero."[4] "Souls of the Departed" recalls "Born in the U.S.A." both in terms of its big music sound and its scathing social commentary. The song was inspired by the Gulf War.[5]

Reception[edit]

Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
Allmusic 3/5 stars[6]
Chicago Tribune 4/4 stars[7]
Rolling Stone 4/5 stars[8]

Upon release the album received generally positive reviews. Rolling Stone gave the album a positive review (a combined review with its companion album, Human Touch), but thought that the aims of the two albums "would have been better realized by a single, more carefully shaped collection."[8] In a mostly positive review, Allmusic said of the album: "While Human Touch was a disappointing album of second-rate material, Lucky Town is an ambitious collection addressing many of Springsteen's major concerns and moving them forward."[6]

Track listing[edit]

All songs written by Bruce Springsteen.

No. Title Length
1. "Better Days"   4:08
2. "Lucky Town"   3:27
3. "Local Hero"   4:04
4. "If I Should Fall Behind"   2:57
5. "Leap of Faith"   3:27
6. "The Big Muddy"   4:05
7. "Living Proof"   4:49
8. "Book of Dreams"   4:24
9. "Souls of the Departed"   4:17
10. "My Beautiful Reward"   3:55

Unreleased outtakes[edit]

Eleven songs were written during these sessions with the song "Happy" being the only outtake and eventually released on the Tracks box set.[9]

Personnel[edit]

Charts[edit]

Certifications[edit]

Region Certification Sales/shipments
Australia (ARIA)[29] Platinum 70,000^
Austria (IFPI Austria)[30] Gold 25,000x
Canada (Music Canada)[31] 2× Platinum 200,000^
Finland (Musiikkituottajat)[32] Gold 28,642[32]
Germany (BVMI)[33] Gold 250,000^
Japan (RIAJ)[34] Gold 110,000[35]
Spain (PROMUSICAE)[36] Platinum 100,000^
Sweden (GLF)[37] Platinum 100,000^
United Kingdom (BPI)[38] Gold 100,000^
United States (RIAA)[39] Platinum 1,000,000^

*sales figures based on certification alone
^shipments figures based on certification alone
xunspecified figures based on certification alone

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Bruce Springsteen - Human Touch/Lucky Town - Album Review". AbsolutePunk.net. March 31, 1992. Retrieved May 17, 2012. 
  2. ^ "Live in New York City". Brucespringsteen.net. March 27, 2001. Retrieved May 17, 2012. 
  3. ^ a b "Lucky Town". Brucespringsteen.net. March 31, 1992. Retrieved May 17, 2012. 
  4. ^ "Local Hero by Bruce Springsteen". Songfacts.com. Retrieved May 17, 2012. 
  5. ^ "Souls Of The Departed by Bruce Springsteen". Songfacts.com. September 18, 2003. Retrieved May 17, 2012. 
  6. ^ a b Lucky Town at AllMusic
  7. ^ Kot, Greg (August 23, 1992). "The Recorded History of Springsteen". Chicago Tribune. Retrieved July 8, 2013. 
  8. ^ a b DeCurtis, Anthony (April 30, 1992). "Lucky Town | Album Reviews". Rolling Stone. Retrieved May 17, 2012. 
  9. ^ http://brucebase.wikispaces.com/Lucky+Town+-+Studio+Sessions
  10. ^ "australian-charts.com Bruce Springsteen – Lucky Town" (ASP). Australian Recording Industry Association. Retrieved February 4, 2012. 
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  12. ^ Library and Archives Canada. Retrieved 2012-04-06
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  15. ^ "Album Search: Bruce Springsteen – Lucky Town" (in German). Media Control. Retrieved October 31, 2011. 
  16. ^ a b "Hit Parade Italia - Gli album più venduti del 1992" (in Italian). hitparadeitalia.it. Retrieved April 6, 2012. 
  17. ^ "マドンナ、洋楽女性初の快挙 アルバム2作同時初登場TOP10" [Madonna's two albums simultaneously enter the top-10]. oricon.co.jp (in Japanese). Oricon Style. April 3, 2012. Retrieved April 9, 2012. 
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  20. ^ "swedishcharts.com Bruce Springsteen – Lucky Town" (ASP) (in Swedish). Retrieved April 7, 2012. 
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  22. ^ "Chart Stats: Bruce Springsteen – Lucky Town" (PHP). UK Albums Chart. Retrieved April 6, 2012. 
  23. ^ "allmusic ((( Lucky Town > Charts & Awards > Billboard Albums )))". allmusic.com. Retrieved April 4, 2012. 
  24. ^ "Austriancharts.at - Jahreshitparade 1992" (in German). Hung Medien. Retrieved January 11, 2012. 
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  27. ^ "Complete UK Year-End Album Charts". Retrieved April 4, 2012. 
  28. ^ "Billboard.BIZ - Year-end Charts - Billboard 200 - 1992". billboard.biz. Retrieved April 4, 2012. 
  29. ^ "ARIA Charts – Accreditations – 2008 Albums". Australian Recording Industry Association. Retrieved April 4, 2012. 
  30. ^ "Austrian album certifications – Bruce Springsteen – Lucky Town" (in German). IFPI Austria. Retrieved April 4, 2012.  Enter Bruce Springsteen in the field Interpret. Enter Lucky Town in the field Titel. Select album in the field Format. Click Suchen
  31. ^ "Canadian album certifications – Bruce Springsteen – Human Touch". Music Canada. Retrieved April 4, 2012. 
  32. ^ a b The first web page presents the sales figures, the second presents the certification limits:
  33. ^ "Gold-/Platin-Datenbank (Bruce Springsteen; 'Lucky Town')" (in German). Bundesverband Musikindustrie. Retrieved April 4, 2012. 
  34. ^ "Japanese album certifications – ブルース・スプリングスティーン – ラッキー・タウン" (in Japanese). Recording Industry Association of Japan. 
  35. ^ Oricon Album Chart Book: Complete Edition 1970–2005. Roppongi, Tokyo: Oricon Entertainment. 2006. ISBN 4-87131-077-9. 
  36. ^ "Solo Exitos 1959–2002 Ano A Ano: Certificados 1991–1995". Solo Exitos 1959–2002 Ano A Ano. 
  37. ^ "Guld- och Platinacertifikat − År 1987−1998" (PDF) (in Swedish). IFPI Sweden. Retrieved April 6, 2012. 
  38. ^ "British album certifications – Bruce Springsteen – Lucky Town". British Phonographic Industry. Retrieved April 6, 2012.  Enter Lucky Town in the field Search. Select Title in the field Search by. Select album in the field By Format. Click Go
  39. ^ "American album certifications – Bruce Springsteen – Lucky Town". Recording Industry Association of America. Retrieved April 4, 2012.  If necessary, click Advanced, then click Format, then select Album, then click SEARCH

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