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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

My Favorite Album OF ALL TIME! :)

This album has saved my life so many times. This music is balm for the soul . . . if you are feeling pushed aside, disenfranchised, and broken "Darkness on the Edge of Town" will let you know you're not alone. Thank you Bruce.

1st Boss album

My introduction to Springsteen was in a bookstore in 8th grade. This was on sale for $5 so I thought why not. I won't forget the times I spent listening to this album.

Darkness is his finest hour

This by far is the greatest album of all time. When you are down and it feels like everyone is against you put this on your Ipod full blast and go for a long walk. The journey that this album takes you culminating with being on that hill with everything you got will make you feel like you can conquer the world. Thanks Boss this album got me through the problems associated with adolescence and young adulthood. Truly inspiring!


Born: September 23, 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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