Bruce Springsteen's latest album Working On A Dream was released this week to generally good reviews - we at Blender give it three stars. However, one of the album's tracks has been generating some controversy. As Stereogum points out, reviews of this song in particular are rather uniformly negative. Can a song be that bad? Especially if it's by Bruce Springsteen? If the song is about a girl who works at a supermarket, and the song is called Queen Of The Supermarket, it just might be. Press play on the YouTube fan video below and follow along.
We are ushered into the supermarket, metaphorically and musically, by a soft piano's upper ranges, plus a tinkle of some kind that could either be a glockenspiel or a synth. It's pretty, but so pretty that one will need to be careful with the accompanying lyrics; if the lyrics are also saccharine, we could have a problem. Also, the piano line sounds somewhat reminiscent of the love theme from St. Elmo's Fire. Hmmm.
"There's a wonderful world where all you desire, and everything you've longed for is at your fingertips, where the bittersweet taste of life is at your lips." Um... OK, this world you speak of sounds inviting, but please don't say you mean a supermarket.
"Where aisles and aisles of dreams await you..." Please don't let this be about a supermarket...
"I'm in love with the Queen Of The Supermarket..." Damn, it really IS about a supermarket.