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Tunnel of Love [CASSETTE]

Bruce Springsteen Audio Cassette

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Biographyby William Ruhlmann

In the decades following his emergence on the national scene in 1975, Bruce Springsteen proved to be that rarity among popular musicians, an artist who maintained his status as a frontline recording and performing star, consistently selling millions of albums and selling out arenas and stadiums around the world year after year, as well as retaining widespread ... Read more in Amazon's Bruce Springsteen Store

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5.0 out of 5 stars Why Tunnel of Love? 28 Feb 2000
By Jason Stein - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Audio CD
I remember when this album came out in 1987. It was a surprise since Bruce's Born in the U.S.A. was only released 3 years earlier. This was also a surprise in that Bruce was his most revealing both lyrically and emotionally. The twelve songs about love and relationship still hold up 13 years later. The music holds up just as well. This is mostly a quiet, thoughtful work from the Boss. While Born in the U.S.A. may have been misinterpreted by many, Tunnel of Love hits its mark. Perhaps that's why this sold less than half the amount of records Born in the U.S.A. did. There are the hits "Brilliant Disguise", "Tunnel of Love" and "One Step Up". There are the great non-hits like "I Ain't Got You", "Tougher Than The Rest", "Spare Parts", "Walk Like A Man", "Two Faces" and "Valentine's Day." It's unfortunate that the break up of Bruce's first marriage would lead to such a great album, but for the rest of us, this is his greatest gift. I know Born to Run and Born in the USA and Darkness on the Edge of Town and even Nebraska are fan's picks, but I thought I'd pick one that is just as great but less often mentioned.
45 of 48 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Doesn't get any better than this! 19 Jun 2000
By Jeffrey Rickel - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Audio CD
Tunnel of Love is one of the most challenging and introspective recordings I have ever listened to. In the midst of an era of trite music (which is still continuing 13 years later) that is sexually obsessive, Springsteen pumped out a very engaging and thoughtful album. Bruce looks at a relationship between a man and woman, the longing, the development, eventual marriage, & then problems that occur in that context. Not only does he make observations, he never really points the finger and holds both people in the relationship accountable for the troubles that are occuring. "Tougher than the Rest," "Tunnel of Love," "Two Faces," "Brilliant Disguise," and "Valentine's Day" are some of the most endearing songs ever written by Springsteen. That being said there is one song on this album that is a cut above everything else. "One Step Up" is a heart breaker. This song closely analyzes the human tendency of falling into old habits and traits as shown by one of the chorus lines: "I'm the same old story, same old act. One step and two steps back." I've never heard anyone with as impressive a catalog or songwriting ability as Springsteen (that includes some favorites of mine: U2, the Beatles, Pink Floyd, Tom Petty, etc.) and this album is one of his best. If you can buy them all, if you want a great album to start with and are really serious about listening to the music start here.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Bruce's Most Overlooked Album 22 Oct 2004
By Andre LeBlanc - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Audio CD
When most critics or casual fans think of Bruce's greatest albums, this 1987 effort is usually not one of those picked. It seems to have been lost in the bright spotlight of "Born in the USA" 3 years earlier. This is a shame, because it really is one of Springsteen's 2 or 3 finest albums. I don't know that I've ever heard another album that expresses one man's feelings of loneliness, deception, betrayal, and overall heartache as much as "Tunnel of Love" does. The lyrics and music are thoughtful, reflective, and passionate. I think every man can relate to the feelings Bruce expresses on this album. The songs provide a nice contrast to Springsteen's powerful rock anthems.
12 of 12 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Bruce's Best Album. 9 Jan 2010
By Anthony Nasti - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Audio CD
At the height of the mammoth success of "Born in the U.S.A.," Bruce Springsteen made some major changes in his personal life as well - he brought a bigger house and got married to actress Julianne Phillips. Though seemingly happy with his newfound megastardom and supermodel wife, all was not well under the surface. The pressures and responsibilities of Springsteen's personal and artistic lives had taken his toll on him. He was unsure about the direction his life was going in, and developed a great deal of insecurity and even fear. Like all great artists, Springsteen took these emotions and translated them into art. The final result was "Tunnel of Love," Bruce's best and mature work as an artist.

The album chronicles the roller coaster ride that is human relationships. Starting off with the first errant sparks of attraction in the self deprecating "Ain't Got You" to the youthful innocence of "All That Heaven Will Allow" to the thoughtful and sweet "Cautious Man," the first half of the album captures the initial heart over head mentality that is dominant in the initial stages. The title track is where things begin to get a little darker, as the main character of the album begins to ponder the longterm effects of a relationship and realizes that things won't always be as good as they were in the beginning.

"Spare Parts" takes things down a darker road, as a teen romance turns sour when Janey gets pregnant and Bobby slits out of fear. Like "The River" before it, Bruce takes a controversial subject like teen pregnancy and doesn't hold back, tackling all the pressure and painful decisions and emotions that go along with it.

"Brilliant Disguise" is one of the Top 5 Greatest Songs Bruce Springsteen has ever written. A stunning look into his personal frame of mind at the time, it's a chilling reflection of doubt, insecurity and jealousy and all the trouble these often ill founded emotions cause. It ends with one of the greatest lines Bruce has ever written.

Things get back to a lighter, more reflective mood with favorite Bruce song ever, "Walk Like a Man." Written for his parents, a new groom prepares for the next chapter in his life, pondering all the moments beforehand that he thinks back upon to prepare for the often funny, often scary 'mystery ride' he's about to embark on.

"Two Faces" is about the duality of happiness and anger. One minute you're the light of her life, the next moment, you're the most dreaded figure she could ever encounter, and you don't know how to make it work, but you're still gonna try. Danny Federici provides some brilliant, atmospheric keyboard work.

"One Step Up" is a love grown cold. The spark is gone. Life has become routine and often unbearable. Happiness is but a fading memory. Bruce captures loneliness in a manner so vividly it's almost surreal. One of his greatest songs ever.

"When You're Alone" sums up it so eloquently: when you're alone, you're alone. The childhood whimsy present in the beginning has faded. The two have become one once more, facing the cold reality that when you're alone, there's nothing. Only you can pull yourself out of it, no one's there to help you.

"Valentine's Day" brings things full circle. They now realize their responsibilites to each other. They're determined to keep things together, that they will be always be the most important part of each other's lives. A beautiful song to close out a very special album.
13 of 14 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars All That Heaven Will Allow, and then some! 4 Sep 2001
By Angel Esping - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Audio CD
This has been one of my favorite cds since, oh, about age nine! My mom and I spent an entire winter with this as our prime musical staple (on constant repeat on the cd player!). She showed me how to dissect poetry (All That Heaven Will Allow, Walk Like a Man, Tunnel of Love, One Step Up, and, her personal favorite, Valentine's Day) and I spent so many deliciously lazy days curled up on the couch reading the lyric book and watching the snow fall with this playing in the background.
This was my album by which I bonded with my mom as if we were best friends, versus mother and daughter. This is the album that symbolizes the best year of my life....
Now I'm 16, and having just 'rediscovered' the Boss last September, I realize just how powerful Bruce's music is! The feelings of struggling with a failing marriage and all the autobiographical aspects make this a very emotional experience that connects you with Bruce as a person. And the personal memories that it evokes give it even more weight.
I've come a long way from being 9 and singing All that Heaven will Allow, Tunnel of Love, Brilliant Disguise, and Valentine's Day while doing my chores; an innocent little girl with little more than the notions that my mom and I like the same songs and that someday I'll marry a man who looks just like Bruce who will think I'm 'All that heaven will Allow'.
Now, while I infinitely cherish the memories of those days, I also can see this album for what it's true meanings are, and it blows me away!
As I've said, I've come a long way from when I first discovered Bruce, but I'm so glad he's remained by my side for all this time, and I'm so grateful for his influence in my life!
Above all, buy this! You should love it if you are a romantic or a person aiming to make a good marriage a lasting reality!
And Bruce, If you ever read this - Thank you! I love you and all that you have given to my life! You are my 'divine' inspiration!
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