Album #409 – Darkness on the Edge of Town

Album #409

Darkness on the Edge of Town is my favorite album by Springsteen. Maybe it’s the production. Maybe it’s the songwriting. Maybe it’s the surrounding tour in which the Boss performed some of his most notable and best performances to date. Whatever the case, I enjoyed this album more than Born to Run. Gone is the Wall of Sound production found on the previous album. Instead, we hear the E Street Band as a collective unit, playing in fine form. There is a grittiness and down to earth appeal from these songs and despite it being released in the middle of the punk explosion, Springsteen proved that his own brand of rock was still viable. Another thing I love about this album is that there were no hit singles, making it a gem among Springsteen’s albums. Even though Springsteen’s live performances during this time were legendary, he still was barely making a wimper in the mainstream. All that would change six years later. Highlights include: Badlands, Something In The Night (one of Springsteen’s best songs, IMO), Racing In The Street, The Promised Land, Prove It All Night and Darkness on the Edge of Town. Overall, I give Darkness on the Edge of Town, 5 out of 5.

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