Nebraska, The Rising and The Ghost of Tom Joad are all good albums past his masterworks.
His voice is shot and no wonder. Springsteen has been giving 3 to 4 hour concerts for way over a thousand performances over 30 years. He is not a trained singer, duh, and far from the best singer in Rock music. But he was fucking great. The wail, the play, the throb, the whisper and the cry of his voice make him the most emotive and legit rock singer ever. He is a bar band singer taken to the strastosphere.
The people who say that he yells say the same about everyone that is not Ella Fitzgerald or Nat King Cole. They know nothing about rock n roll.
Some dude who has a thread on greatest rock bands of the last 30 years says he did not include Springsteen and the E Street Band, because Bruce wrote the songs and they just played them. "They were not really a band." If you haven't seen Springsteen in concert at least three times, don't own Darkness on the Edge of Town, Born to Run or The River, then you don't know even a little bit about Springsteen, and his band of superstar musicians.
What his songs speak for and where he has placed his spirited work goes from anarchy to heartbreak, from the political to personally profound while always remaining personal.
His work and body display little of the ponderous boredom of U2, or the bad garage band scab picking of Nirvana. Springsteen and the E Street Band are the greatest rock show of the last 35 years. Springsteen himself is the Guthrie, Dylan, Chubby Checker and Buddy Holly of our times. He is not a genius, but he is genius. Real.
He should stop with the huge concerts and old songs out of his reach, just like other aging vocalists and performers. But don't fuck with his legacy. He can still write and sing acoustically like the richest balladeer ever, or maybe it is time for a Broadway score...why the fuck not.
Does OP have any knowledge or idea of how Springsteen has spoken through HIS songs to the beautiful discouraged of our world? His songs are amazing. He has always been sexy.
People can and do write books about the musicianship and alchemy of Bruce and his "band." He is nothing but a wonder. Ageing.