Two by Bruce prelude to more

THE BALTIMORE SUN

If two new Bruce Springsteen albums at the end of March strikes fans as a feast, the new Springsteen single arriving in record stores today must be an appetizer. The cassette-only release culls one song from each of the albums: "Human Touch" from "Human Touch" and "Better Days" from "Lucky Town."

Both began receiving radio airplay yesterday. WBSB-FM (Variety 104.3) plans to play "Human Touch" every few hours, adding tTC "Better Days" soon. "People want to hear it," said program director Todd Fisher. WIYY-FM (98 Rock) is playing both but music director John Knapp said reaction was only "moderate."

So how do the songs sound? "Human Touch" is a holding-onto-love song flavored by soulful harmony vocals (from Springsteen spouse Patti Scialfa) and a searing guitar solo (from Bruce himself). "Better Days," though a darker song, rocks harder.

The full albums will be in stores March 31.

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