With the new album out and the new tour starting, it was as good a time as any to freshen up Bruce’s website and I think they did a pretty good job with the formatting and design. I will admit to actually liking the low-tech version of the site that had been around for so many years. Particularly, I thought its key features were:
- The lyrics repository and lyric search function;
- The handwritten setlist scans; and
- The easily navigable design.
Fortunately, the redesign has kept these features while drastically improving the visual aesthetic, and also adding plenty of new content (disclaimer: I was one of the writers of said content). I very much appreciate that Sony/Columbia/JLM wanted unique, new material for the site and I think by doing so, it fashions the site as an important resource, particularly for those who may listen to music other than Springsteen from time to time.
The site leaves the impression that there is more material to be added, and given my work on preparing content, I think it’s very possible (if not likely) that more will be added in the future.
Here’s hoping that in addition to the new content and new design, there will also be an expanded use of audio and video — including, hopefully, full songs (rather than two or three minute clips) — once the tour starts.