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Tunnel of Love [CD]

Bruce Springsteen Audio CD
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  • Audio CD (5 May 2003)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: CD
  • Label: Sony Music CMG
  • ASIN: B00008Z5GE
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  Audio Cassette  |  Vinyl  |  Mini-Disc  |  MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (43 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 4,345 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

1. Ain't Got You
2. Tougher Than The Rest
3. All That Heaven Will Allow
4. Spare Parts
5. Cautious Man
6. Walk Like A Man
7. Tunnel Of Love
8. Two Faces
9. Brilliant Disguise
10. One Step Up
11. When You're Alone
12. Valentine's Day

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26 of 26 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Springsteen's finest hour 11 April 2000
Format:Audio CD
The collapse of Bruce Springsteen's marriage to his first wife Julianne was undoubtably the main inspiration behind this beautiful and reflective album. You could be easily mistaken in thinking that all of the songs would be about woe and suffering, but that has never been the Springsteen way. This highly underarted lyricist sharply gets to the centre of what major problems can occur when two aults decide to spend the rest of their lives together and it is all laid out in typically honest fashion. They say great art comes from pain and this is no exception, this album is easily the equal of Bob Dylans "Blood on the tracks". Songs like the title song and "One Step Up" are wonderfully reflective and like the rest of the album they are all covered in wonderfull melodic acoustic arrangements. There are other more straight forward tracks such as "Walk like a man" which incisively chronicles the expectations and pressures on new husbands to be and the lovely "All that heaven will allow" which is a classic Sprinsgteen love song. This is undoubtably Bruce's most honest album but it is also his most musical and in "Valentines Day" it posseses Bruce's finest ever song in a career that spans nearly twenty years. "Valentines day" is a song about the redemptive qualities of love and the fear we all have in losing the person we need and cherish the most, with the killer line "A friend of mine beacme a father last night, and in his voice i could hear the light". Shortly after his divorce and this albums release in 1987, Bruce married his backing singer Patti and now he has his own family. His output since has been patchy, but take a listen to this wonderful album when the Boss was still seeking the light and his music was all the better for it.
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13 of 13 people found the following review helpful
By Docendo Discimus TOP 1000 REVIEWER
Format:Audio CD
Coming three years after the era of the jeans-clad, T-shirt wearing Springsteen of "Born In The USA", this record has a much more subdued Bruce Springsteen on the cover, wearing a black suit and a cautious look on his face.
Many believe that his songs about mistrust and deceit in a relationship reflected Springsteen's own marital problems at the time, and the songs on "Tunnel Of Love" do indeed seem darker and more personal that his previous writings.
But that doesn't mean that it's all gloom and doom - "Ain't Got You" is a good-natured bluesy little song, and the glorious, slow rocker "Tougher Than The Rest" is the statement of a man who has been hurt but whose ego is intact and who is willing to take another chance.
"All That Heaven Will Allow" is light-hearted and fun in spite of itself. "Brilliant Disguise" is one of Springsteen's later masterpieces, a dark, bitter tale of supposed infidelity set to one of his best tunes. The tragic, yet hopeful "Spare Parts" rocks, whereas the quiet, folkish "Cautious Man" would have fitted seemlessly onto "Nebraska". And the same thing goes for "Walk Like A Man", which is just Springsteen, a synthesizer and Max Weinberg on percussion, and seems to carry a strong message to his father.
The only song that dosn't really work for me is actually the title track. A bland melody and too many unnecessary sound effects and annoying backing vocals.
"Two Faces" and "One Step Up" are pleasant little mid-tempo folk rockers, though, and the album closes with the resigned but melodious "When You're Alone" and another Nebraska-throwback, "Valetine's Day" (which would benefit from an actual melody, but really isn't all bad).
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18 of 19 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Moving 16 April 2003
Format:Audio CD
I bought this album in a sale. The first time I listened to it, I thought it was the best thing I'd heard in months.
This is Bruce's divorce album ( I'm sure ). This is an album about him losing the one he loves, and it's for real.
The real strength here is that you sense this album comes completely from the heart. That's not to say the album is raw, but what you have has been modulated and refined so what you're left with is the truth - Wordsworth said that emotion was passion recalled in tranquility, and that's what we have here.
What makes it strong is that Bruce is very much a man's man. He's not the type to conjure up fake tears and trauma - so his sadness here is the real deal.
It's an album about how it's hard to do the right thing, hard to stand up tall. It's about how important love is, and how hard it hits you when its gone. The beauty is that it lacks rancour and accusation. It's pure.
This is not Born in the USA, and it's not Born To Run - so fans of Springsteen might not find it completely to their taste. However, those who find Springsteen a little bombastic ( not saying he is ! ) should maintain an open mind about his work ( qv Ghost of Tom Joad ). He's a man with plenty to say.
Stand out tracks - Walk Like a Man, Brilliant Disguise, Valentines Day, and the glorious One Step Up.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Bruce's Break Up Album 14 Nov 2007
By Crazy Bald Heid VINE VOICE
Format:Audio CD
After Born in the USA launches Bruce into the premier league of stadium rock acts he makes one of those brave creative decisions which he does from time to time.

Tunnel of love dispenses with the bright poppy production of Born in the USA in favour of a more intimate rock album signifying the break up of his improbable marriage to model/acrtress/whatever Julianne Phillips. This is not an album for everybody or indeed for every occasion, but boy are there some gems in here.

The a capella opening of Aint Got You immediately suggests that this is not BitUSA part 2 but something barer, more intense and intensely personal. The song is an unrequited love song to a Bo diddly type beat, cataloging an impressive list of stuff the boss has but it means nothing as he does not have the one thing money cannot buy. This is followed by Tougher Than the Rest a similarly warped, dark love song which almost has a C&W feel, no pedal steel guitars but a morose plodding synth backing - but the language of the song owes much to country music. Contrasting this is the lighter All that Heaven Will Allow - perhaps the poppiest non single on the album, a simpler romance.

Spare Parts is a more narrative song about a woman who's life which is ruined by unprotected sex, the resultant baby and absentee father. This is slightly rockier Nebraska type song, the lyric is typical Springsteen a spare yet detailed narrative about the less fortunate. Cautious Man continues in a similar vein.

Walk like a man is simpler fare - the story of a man growing up to be like his father, and realising there is a lot in life you need to figure out for yourself.

On the LP the second side opens with the mighty title track. Tunnel of Love is not like anything else in the Springsteen canon.
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5.0 out of 5 stars the boss being the boss
got this LP and for an album this old I was impressed by the quality of the playback, the sleeve was in excellent condition got the cd for the car
Published 3 hours ago by christopher walton
5.0 out of 5 stars GREAT ARTIST
I bought this as a present for a friend who is a Brice Springsteen fan. I`ve listened to it myself and love it.
Published 1 month ago by Melman
5.0 out of 5 stars bruce springsteen
just as i expected as only had it on cassette before have you tried his new album yet its amazing
Published 2 months ago by allan taylor
5.0 out of 5 stars Masterpiece
I've loved this album since the day it was released. Most songs on here are profound , beautiful pieces of songwriting. Read more
Published 4 months ago by Mr. Geoffrey M. Teece
4.0 out of 5 stars Springsteens last 'great' output
I love Springsteen, but this was The Boss's last great album, and features the E Street Band sparingly with Bruce happy to go solo acoustic on some songs. Read more
Published 7 months ago by Alan Frehley
5.0 out of 5 stars tougher than the rest
Saw Bruce Springsteen live in Cardiff recently and he did a storming version of tougher than the rest so I bought this s a souvenir and a replacement for the vinyl version A great... Read more
Published 7 months ago by Mr. Jonathan Higgins
5.0 out of 5 stars most under appreciated
just full of gems, though quite dark due to his personal life at the time of recording, needs to be listened to in it;s entirety
Published 8 months ago by kevin hall
5.0 out of 5 stars A reflective album
Although not a massive Springsteen fan, I have just seem him at the Millennium Stadium and was very impressed, so decided to add some of his many albums to my collection. Read more
Published 8 months ago by A Drayton
4.0 out of 5 stars The Boss Alone.
Without the E Street Band in full voice this is a superb outing for Bruce. It's personal and honest reflecting troubles in Bruce's personal life at the time.
Published 9 months ago by eggsoakley
5.0 out of 5 stars Tunnel of Love
Just seen the Boss for the 4th time at Hampden and he sang 'Tougher than the rest' one of his best songs ever. Other tracks on the album not bad either.
Published 9 months ago by Alan Wood
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