Isn't it also an assumption to say that Brian did listen to the radio through too? So it doesn't strike some people as genuine, saying so doesn't make him lazy. And with the whole Bruce thing, I agree its overdone but it doesn't bother me in reviews as much as it bothers me in interviews. Like, in interviews the guys have talked about Bruce way too much already and are clearly kinda sick of talking about him. Its certainly laziness on the interviewers behalf to just bring up Bruce. And its laziness for a reviewer if they bring him up as filler, but part of the point of this review is why Bruce keeps coming up -- because as much as we like to say they have escaped Bruce's shadow, this guy disagrees. Maybe people will stop brining up Bruce when they stop thinking their albums sound like Bruce. If he is sharing his opinion about the album, and his opinion is that its too Springsteen... how do you expect him not to bring him up?
They will NEVER stop being compared to Bruce, which is the problem. They could write a dubstep record and every review would be a combination of 'they're trying to distance themselves from Bruce!' and 'Bruce would have done it better.' Reviews should look at the work at hand - not comparions that are years old and tired.
EDIT: and you're right on the assumption part, but I'm not the one writing a review.. when he said something along the lines of "no, bro, you didn't listen to rock radio when you were young" that undermines the whole band's integrity, and makes him sound uninformed.