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Editors’ Notes

All of 28 when Darkness on the Edge of Town was released, Bruce Springsteen was ready to pull back on the dreamscape of his previous three albums. Its more clearly recorded sound reflected a tough clarity of vision on the American Dream - for each flinty vow to reach the "Promised Land," each lustful eyeing of "Candy's Room," there were wiped-out factoryworkers and car rides that didn't quite end the way"Born to Run" had promised. The verbal action of the earlier songs was also cut back; Springsteen offered plenty of memorable lines ("It ain't no sin to be glad you're alive"), but gone were the Berry- and Dylan-dense lyrics. They apparently didn't seem appropriate to what their creator had learned while seeing his career sidetracked in a legal battle with former management, not to mention the close reading he'd given The Grapes of Wrath. He wasn't denying fun and romance, but he'd obviously found an answer to the question "Is thatall there is?"

Customer Reviews

Can't stop listening

Great album my top 5 songs
5: streets of fire
4: badlands
3: darkness on the edge of town
2: Adam raised a Cain
1: the promised land


Love Badlands


This album to me is what Bruce is all about, classic Springsteen at his very best


Born: 23 September 1949 in Freehold, NJ

Genre: Rock

Years Active: '70s, '80s, '90s, '00s, '10s

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 critical approbation, with ecstatic reviews greeting those discs and shows. Although there were a few speed bumps along the way in Springsteen's...
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