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.