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