The Washington Times - January 27, 2009, 11:06AM

On the eve of a massive promotional rollout of his latest E Street outing, “Working on a Dream,” Bruce Springsteen is being brought down to Earth a bit. The new album is garnering lukewarm reviews. (Here’s my own, cooler-than-lukewarm, take in today’s Times.) And his contribution to the “Wrestler” soundtrack was snubbed by Oscar voters.

It’s easy to forget, amid endless talk about the “second peak” of his career, that the man is more than capable of a clunker.

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Such is life. As Bruce famously sang: “It ain’t no sin to be glad you’re alive.”

By the way, that line has always bothered me. Who, exactly, ever said it was a sin to be glad you’re alive?