Arsenio Orteza

Arsenio reviews music for WORLD Magazine. Follow Arsenio on Twitter @ArsenioOrteza.

Soft Thunder

Music | New 14-disc box leaves out the best of a legendary road show
by Arsenio Orteza
Posted 7/24/19, 07:53 am

The late boxer Rubin “Hurricane” Carter may not have committed the murders for which he was convicted in 1967, but plenty of evidence suggests that he did. 

And of the several good reasons not to invest in Columbia/Legacy’s new 14-disc Bob Dylan box, The Rolling Thunder Revue: The 1975 Live Recordings, that one is the strongest.

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New or recent albums

by Arsenio Orteza
Posted 7/18/19, 03:35 pm

Sanctified Soldiers for the Transfiguration of Light

Roy Ruiz Clayton

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Making it up

Music | The Boss fails to convince in his Western Stars personae
by Arsenio Orteza
Posted 7/09/19, 10:16 am

“Standing before you,” said Bruce Springsteen during his 2018 show Springsteen on Broadway, “is a man who has become wildly and absurdly successful writing about something of which he has had absolutely no personal experience. I made it all up.”

The Boss was referring to his penchant for writing songs from a blue-collar point of view despite his never having worked a day job, a penchant that he referred to as his “magic trick.” And he played the confession for laughs.  

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