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5.0 out of 5 stars One of the 1001 must listen to albums of all time, 14 Nov. 2008
This review is from: Born To Run (Audio CD)
For the first 35 years of my life, I have hated Bruce Springsteen and everything he stood for. In my indie-pop brain he sang songs about cars and girls (thanks Paddy McAloon), and being a proud American, and he shouted rather than sang, and the music was just so obvious and safe, and it all seemed so worthy and blue-collar so why would I listen to that when there was a new Heavenly album?

Only recently have I found out that I'd got him completely wrong. I'd started to have a secret liking for the song, "Born To Run", a few years ago, allowing myself a small smile and a tap of the foot when it came on the radio, but never took the plunge and listened to anything by choice, and as I didn't often listen to the radio it didn't really come onto my radar very much.

So, I'm actually feeling quite optimistic as I click `Play' on the album, "Born To Run". It goes like this:

"Thunder Road" - this reminds me of Meat Loaf, with the arpeggiated piano, and lyrics about cars and guitars. So Paddy was right, that is all he can sing about... but then there's the glockenspiel which, it turns out, features heavily on the whole album, giving this a weird majorette's parade feel too. It's a great track, anyway. I do get the feeling of blue-collar workers rising from the streets and bettering themselves, but it's a joyful experience, a celebration, rather than the bland exhortations of a sweaty patriot that I once thought it was.
"Tenth avenue freeze out" is more soulful, with a very very plinky piano sound. "Night" opens with some nice anthemic guitars and doesn't seem to let up. "Backstreets" has swirling guitars and organ which reminds me of "Like a Rolling Stone" or "Ballad of the Band" which can only be a good thing. Unfortunately this is where I started to lose interest a bit.. maybe it just goes on a bit too long (and we all know how much I hate that). After this, though, it kicks in with "Born to Run" itself which is just irresistible. They should use this as motivational music before Stoke City matches, they really should (good luck to the lads against Man Utd tomorrow, by the way). I could quite easily turn off after this gem, but stick with it through "She's the one" which has more twinkly piano and hey-ho, we're back with meat loaf again, lighters aloft before going all bo diddley in time for a climactic ending.
"Meeting across the river" is a nice mellow jazzy number before the epic closer, "Jungleland". "The hungry and the hunted have started a rock `n' roll band", and that just about sums up the whole album. I'm astonished at how much I liked it, I really am.
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Initial post: 7 Oct 2009 13:30:08 BDT
Bat out of Hell was released 3 years after Born to Run so the former should be compared to the latter not vice versa, by 1978 Springsteen, the year of Bat of Hell, Springsteen released Darkness on the Edge town, which i would recommend as your next port of call!

Posted on 4 Nov 2009 21:01:54 GMT
HDK Sue says:
The line from Jungleland is actually "The hungry and the hunted EXPLODE into rock `n' roll bands". Both the lyrical and melodic content is on a different planet from Meatloaf. This is a superb album, but I still prefer Darkness On The Edge Of Town.
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