Staff pick: Bruce Springsteen brings The River to the Schott

Andy Downing, Columbus Alive

Bruce Springsteen'sRiverstill runs deep, even more than 35 years after its 1980 release.

The sprawling, double-LP - and focus of the Jersey native's current tour, which swings by the Schottenstein Center on Tuesday, April 12 - finds the musician exploring timeless themes, including lifetime second acts, blue-collar struggles and the romantic spirit that fuels most to look beyond these difficulties, or, perhaps more accurately, the bittersweet emotions that often accompany one's successes. "Someday these childish dreams must end/ To become a man and grow up to dream again," he posits on one song, a nice summation of the battered-but-not-broken feel that echoes throughout.

Musically, the album traverses a similarly wide, broad territory, venturing from bruised late-night ballads ("Independence Day") to glammy rockers like "Crush On You," echoing the restlessness and sense of exploration in Springsteen's words.

Schottenstein Center

7:30 p.m. Tuesday, April 12

555 Borror Dr., Campus