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Bruce Springsteen Album Reviews

Based on his radio hits I once classed Bruce Springsteen as a lame rocker, responsible for lowest common denominator anthems such as ‘Born in the U.S.A.’. But of course, there’s a reason why he’s so respected, and 1984’s huge selling Born In The USA album was simply the commercial culmination of a reputation built by incessant touring and an excellent body of recorded work stretching back more than a decade.

There’s plenty to enjoy; Springsteen is a thoughtful and compassionate writer, and he’s backed by the strong E Street Band. Springsteen is also an underrated guitarist, capable of fluid solos, and he’s got a broad enough stylistic range to give many of his albums a unique flavour; for instance Nebraska is stripped back and solo, The Wild, The Innocent, and the E-Street Shuffle is loose and jazzy, while Born To Run has the densely layered feel of a Phil Spector production.

For me Springsteen’s peak era is unquestionably the three album span from 1973’s The Wild, The Innocent, and the E-Street Shuffle through to 1978’s Darkness on the Edge of Town. While Springsteen has continued making albums and I’ve covered through until 2006’s We Shall Overcome, his last essential studio album is 1988’s Tunnel Of Love, and his most significant albums since then have been his archival releases. He’s remained vital as a live performer, and is notable for his three hour concerts.

Ten Favourite Bruce Springsteen Songs

Incident on 57th Street
The Fever
Adam Raised a Cain
Meeting Across The River
10th Avenue Freezeout
Atlantic City
Candy’s Room
Rosalita (Come Out Tonight)
One Step Up
My City of Ruins

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Greetings From Asbury Park, N.J. – Bruce Springsteen

Greetings From Asbury Park, N.J. (1973), 6/10 Bruce Springsteen’s career started with this slightly awkward debut, which downplays the rock … Continue Reading Greetings From Asbury Park, N.J. – Bruce Springsteen

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The Wild, the Innocent & the E Street Shuffle

The Wild, the Innocent and the E Street Shuffle (1973), 9/10 Reminiscent of Van Morrison, with a jazzy feel and … Continue Reading The Wild, the Innocent & the E Street Shuffle

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Born To Run – Bruce Springsteen

Born to Run (1975), 8.5/10 After gaining critical respect with his first two albums, Born to Run was Springsteen’s commercial … Continue Reading Born To Run – Bruce Springsteen

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Darkness on the Edge of Town – Bruce Springsteen

Darkness On The Edge Of Town (1978), 10/10 After the success of Born To Run, Springsteen was caught in a legal battle, … Continue Reading Darkness on the Edge of Town – Bruce Springsteen

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The River – Bruce Springsteen

The River (1980), 6.5/10 Springsteen’s previous albums were disciplined, selecting songs to fit a theme or mood. For The River … Continue Reading The River – Bruce Springsteen

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Nebraska – Bruce Springsteen

Nebraska (1982), 8/10 Sessions with the E-Street Band for the follow up to The River were unsatisfactory, so Landau and … Continue Reading Nebraska – Bruce Springsteen

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Born in the U.S.A. – Bruce Springsteen

Born In The USA (1984), 6/10 As other commentators have noted, Springsteen established a pattern where he alternated between commercially … Continue Reading Born in the U.S.A. – Bruce Springsteen

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Tunnel of Love – Bruce Springsteen

Tunnel Of Love (1987), 8/10 Born In The USA transformed Springsteen into a cultural icon and a brand, attaining a … Continue Reading Tunnel of Love – Bruce Springsteen

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Human Touch – Bruce Springsteen

Human Touch (1992), 4/10 Many pop musicians reach a point where they become irrelevant, and Human Touch is Springsteen’s; happily … Continue Reading Human Touch – Bruce Springsteen

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Lucky Town – Bruce Springsteen

Lucky Town (1992), 5.5/10 Springsteen went back into the studio a year after Human Touch was completed, to record an … Continue Reading Lucky Town – Bruce Springsteen

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The Ghost of Tom Joad – Bruce Springsteen

The Ghost Of Tom Joad (1995), 5/10 Named after the protagonist in John Steinbeck’s The Grapes of Wrath, The Ghost … Continue Reading The Ghost of Tom Joad – Bruce Springsteen

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18 Tracks – Bruce Springsteen

18 Tracks (1999), 7.5/10 Providing highlights from Springsteen’s boxset of outtakes from the same year, 18 Tracks provoked the wrath … Continue Reading 18 Tracks – Bruce Springsteen

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Live in New York City – Bruce Springsteen

Live in New York City (2001), 8/10 Coming after a sequence of lackluster albums in the 1990s, Live in New … Continue Reading Live in New York City – Bruce Springsteen

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The Rising – Bruce Springsteen

The Rising (2002), 7/10 Springsteen’s response to the September 11 terrorist attacks was widely regarded as a return to form … Continue Reading The Rising – Bruce Springsteen

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Devils and Dust – Bruce Springsteen

Devils and Dust (2005), 6.5/10 I wasn’t holding much hope for Devils and Dust after hearing it described as the … Continue Reading Devils and Dust – Bruce Springsteen

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We Shall Overcome: The Seeger Sessions – Bruce Springsteen

We Shall Overcome: The Seeger Sessions (2005), 7.5/10 Springsteen’s first album of covers was, appropriately, of songs collated by folk … Continue Reading We Shall Overcome: The Seeger Sessions – Bruce Springsteen

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The Promise – Bruce Springsteen

The Promise (2010), 7.5/10 The Promise is a collection of outtakes from the Darkness on the Edge of Town sessions, … Continue Reading The Promise – Bruce Springsteen

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