Darkness on the Edge of Town is the fourth studio album by American singer-songwriter Bruce Springsteen, released on June 2, 1978, by Columbia Records. The album marked the end of a three-year gap between albums brought on by contractual obligations and legal battling with former manager Mike Appel.Reviews for Darkness on the Edge of Town were overwhelmingly positive. Critics praised the maturity of the album's themes and lyrics. It remains one of Springsteen's most highly regarded records by both fans and critics and several of its songs have become staples of Springsteen's live performances. In 2020, it ranked at No. 91 on Rolling Stone's list of the 500 greatest albums of all time.Wikipedia
A mediocre selection of working-class mumbles periodically broken up by unimpressive guitar solos and unnecessary saxophone solos.
Good music but I can really only handle Bruce's voice in small doses.
I had some familiarity with this album already, but gave it a thorough listen (ok several) and really liked it. Darker than his previous albums, but so good. Adam Raised a Cain and Racing in the Streets are two that I hadn’t paid attention to that I especially liked in addition to the already known singles such as Prove it all Night, Badlands and Darkness. 5
Whenever I get asked what is something most people love and you don’t I say Bruce Springsteen. I’m tired of having to say this, please randomly give us something else
Where's the option for 7 stars?
Excellent, epic and emotional. Better than Born to Run for me and my first 5* review. There's just something about The Boss that just taps into the working man mindset. Melancholy at times, hopeful and uplifting at others, he just gets what it is to be alive.
70s Springsteen is best Springsteen
How many times have the Killers listened to this album weeping enviously
If the music was accompanied by someone who can sing, the album would actually be really good.
The album picks up from where Born to Run left off with the rousing 'Badlands', but listen closer and you will notice that Bruce's lyrics crackle with biblical imagery and religious fervour, this is repeated throughout on the likes of 'Adam raised a Cain' , 'Promised Land' and 'Darkness on the Edge of Town' . Has the Boss found God? Where Dylan was just entering his Fire and Brimstone phase with Slow Train Coming, which acts as a rallying cry for pious action in the material world (and turned off a large proportion of his Liberal base), Springsteen's spiritual focus is an introspective and personal crusade for self actualisation; the song becomes the sacrament, and what magnificent songs. It was also around this time when Van Morrison accused Springsteen (amongst others) of ripping him off and you can certainly hear his influence in the slower piano led numbers like 'Racing in the Street' and 'Something in the Night' which are meditative, hypnotic and transcendent. I told you he had found God.
15th June 2021 Have this on vinyl so cracked it out in the morning while working on civil service live. Nothing to say. 10 out of 5.
Controversial opinion. This is his best work. His best, angriest and most solid batch of songs put together in the perfect order. I don't think hes ever topped this. It’s darker than what came before it and a reminder that life will beat the shit out of you and leave you broken. A story as old as time and no one tells it better than Bruce. 5/5
Raw and gritty. This album produced Bruce's best work, because he was locked in a legal battle for ownership of his work and he couldn't put out any new music until it was settled. This meant he worked. And worked…and worked. This album has my favorite Bruce song - Something in the Night, it's such a beautiful song. Add to it Candy's Room and Racing in the Street as some of the lesser known songs to the biggies like Badlands, The Promised Land, Prove it All Night and Darkness make this a full five-star album.
This was better than I expected. Varied melodies and tempos plus good lyrics make it easy to listen. Some nice songs I hadn't heard before.
30 seconds in and I already loooove it!
Je vais vous raconter dans ce review l'histoire saugrenue derrière la couverture de cet album. Tout d'abord, il est bon de replacer le contexte, et de rappeler que cet album a été enregistré AVANT l'épisode de la guitare. A cette époque, Bruce n'avait donc pas encore engagé sa tentative de reconversion, et jouissait d'une beaufitude des plus totales. Nous sommes le 12 mars 1978, quand Bruce a rendez-vous avec un photographe réputé, professionnel de la couverture d'album. Ce dernier demande à Bruce de poser devant une fenêtre, volets fermés, afin d'accentuer le noir de la veste portée par Bruce. Il conseille également à Bruce de prendre un regard sérieux, presque séducteur, afin d'ajouter à la gravitude du cliché. Au moment où le doigt du photographe rentre en contact avec la détente de l'appareil photo, l'impensable se produit: Bruce dégrafe son pentalon, laissant apparaître son appareil génital. "Mais qu'est ce que tu fais Bruce ?!" s'exclama le photographe, stupéfait. "Bah c'est mes boules, mes grosses couillasses" rétorqua Bruce, avant de partir dans un rire gras. Le photographe étant choqué, et le cliché malgré tout plutôt réussi, il fut décider de rogner la photo, afin de ne laisser apercevoir que le haut du corps de Bruce en guise de couverture d'album.
Il est absolument IMPOSSIBLE d'écouter cet album sans avoir un minimum de contexte en main. On est en 1978, soit quatre ans avant l'épisode de la guitare qui va bouleverser la vie de Springsteen. Il enregistre à cette époque Darkness on the Edge of Town dans le but d'expliquer comment il va s'y prendre pour construire son prochain album, Nebraska, qu'il compte sortir en 1982. La stratégie qu'il développe en chanson est la suivante : se faire pousser une coupe mulet pendant quatre ans pour être fin prêt lors des séances studio. Il ne sait pas encore que cette décision sera le point de départ d'un immense traumatisme. Une fois Darkness enregistré, il décide d'organiser une séance photo et fait venir un professionnel. Ce dernier lui demande de s'adosser au mur et d'ouvrir son blouson noir. Bruce est très aimable et courtois, mais vous allez voir que ça ne va pas durer bien longtemps. Le photographe lui annonce qu'il va bientôt appuyer sur le bouton de son appareil quand soudain, au moment de prendre le cliché, un « zwip » se fait entendre. « Qu'est-ce que c'est ? » demande alors le photographe avant d'apercevoir le sexe de Springsteen sortir de sa braguette. « Tu reconnais pas le petit Jésus, ma couillasse ? » répond le chanteur en agitant son bazar. Horrifié, son interlocuteur quittera la séance sans attendre. Bruce Springsteen sélectionnera tout de même la photo en question pour en faire la couverture de l'album mais son équipe et lui-même prendront soin de rendre invisible la partie de l'image située en dessous de la ceinture.
"Candy's Room" is fast-paced and fun, not super into the power ballads, but liked "Streets of Fire". Not the most exciting album.
Might not even be in my top 5 Bruce albums, but still a 5 star album easily.
Brilliant. Not a huge Springsteen fan but this (and Nebraska) are wonderful.
The Boss gets miserable. BT: Adam Raised a Cain, Racing in the Streets, Darkness on the Edge of Town
Het is Bruce Springsteen, dus automatisch vijf sterren.
Favourite Song: The Promised Land
This miiiight be my favorite Bruce album. Its a monster.
This is incredible stuff, should listen to this again.
One of my favorite Springsteen albums, and I have a lot of favorite Springsteen albums. It's edgier and grittier than "Born to Run", but without the bleakness of "Nebraska". Absolutely essential listening, IMO
Here we go! The good songs are so good that even the mediocre songs ("Adam Raised a Cain" & "Prove It All Night") can't pull this down from 5-star territory.
Not my favorite of his, but seminal
who is this dude? the title is so pretentious. bestie this is pop lol racing in the street is a good song! nice job
The Boss's magnum opus.
They don’t call him the boss for nothing
Badlands, Darkness on the edge of town, etc. Bruce is the boss
Classic Boss here, Opening with Badlands! can't complain about that can you. The E-Street gang at their best, not yet at their peak for sure but when was that peak? Think Bruce is still peaking. The late Clarence Clemons, as usual, supreme in his supporting Sax role on so many of the Tracks and Roy Bittan on Piano and "Little" Steven Van Zandt both on Guitar and Assisting Production. Badlands and The Promise stand out tracks for me.
46. Darkness on the Edge of Town - Bruce Springsteen 10 tracks. This is everything I hoped Born to Run would be, (& wasn't). It's fantastic & even better because so many of the tracks were new to me. Have listened to it about 5 times since the 1st listen & will do again 5/5
One of the best albums ever! Bruce may have the best collection of opening/closing album songs of any artist. 8.64 out of 10
One of my favorites of his. And one of the few albums in this list that I already owned.
Facilement le meilleur album du Boss. Prefs: Badlands, Adam Raised a Cain, Candy's Room, Racing in the Street, The Promised Land, Factory, Darkness on the Edge of Town Moins pref: NADA
Sometimes when I hear an album for the first time, I'll absolutely love it. Sometimes I'll absolutely hate it. But it's really rare that I'll feel "comfortable" with it from the word go. I think by about halfway into the first song here, it felt like I was catching up with an old mate. I've never heard this album before, I don't even think I've heard any of the songs from it. But it legit felt like I've heard it countless times. There's something really cool about that. Can't give it any less than full marks. 5/5.
Thanks for introducing me to Bruce Springsteen
This album was great. I do admit there is still a few songs that still need to grow on me, but whoa. Racing In The Street has to be my favourite track on here. It's simply beautiful.
Superclassic album, every song is a classic -this kind of album shows that a scale from 1 to 10 stars might have been more appropriate than 1 to 5.
Um dos primeiros álbuns de Bruce. Confesso que conheço pouco de sua obra, mas lendo um resumo breve, vi o quanto é gigante. O álbum é envolvente demais e cada canção traz uma sensação diferente. A letras então nem se fala.
JES! Tää on kyl parhaita levyjä jota vittu tiedän! Ei vaan bossin tuotannosta vaan ylipäätään. Ai saakeli POMO! Eihän tää nyt oo välttämättä suurta ja mullistavaa taidetta mutta mulle tää iskee ku naula päähän. Tää levy on must ehkä jopa kovempi kun yleisesti ylistetty born to run! Jotenki tää on vähän herkempi antamatta yhtään armoo siinä kuinka käsittämätön rock tää on. En kyl tiiä mikä siinä on että New Jerseyn työväenluokan ongelmat seiskytluvun lopulla on niin lähellä mun sydäntä, mut olkoon. Aaaah! Loistava levy. Hyllys älppäri ja kassu ofc. Lempi biisejä Adam raised a cain huikeine kitaroineen, Candys room teinimäisyyksineen ja valtavan iso ja hieno bangeri Prove it all night. Ehkä hienoimpana kuitenkin Racing in the streets! Jos joku miinus pitää kertoo, niin täs on ehkä löysin kansi ikinä suhteessa siihen kuinka hieno levy tää on. 5/5
One of the best Springsteen albums.
This album has no flaws - starting with Badlands - peaking in beauty with Racing in the Streets and Promised Land and ending with an absolute banger of a title track - phew - one of the three flawless Springsteen albums. Might be hard for first time Springsteen listeners and he is generally a ‘grower’ artist but if you’ve warmed up to him this album is a treat.
One of my top 5 albums of all time for sure. Often overlooked by casuals for Born to Run and Born in the USA. It's such a gut wrenching tale of living in a shit town and wanting to break free from that monotony, and yeah yeah it's about being in the US but I think it can be applied to people the world over in so many situations. These lyrics, I mean coooooome on: "I've done my best to live the right way I get up every morning and go to work each day But your eyes go blind and your blood runs cold Sometimes I feel so weak I just want to explode Explode and tear this whole town apart Take a knife and cut this pain from my heart Find somebody itching for something to start" That's top quality. Prove It All Night is more of a crowd pleasing banger but the live versions are incredible. Then you've got Racing in the Street, such a good song about being bored with your life and just going racing in the street just to give your life some pazzazz. Eugh it's excellent.
I know, I know. Another Springsteen album, another 5/5. But this one really deserves it, maybe more so than 'Born in the USA' and 'Born to Run.' It's a little harder to say this one is better than 'Born to Run,' but damn is this album good. 'Darkness on the Edge of Town' just has that Springsteen feel to it. You know it's him and you know how things are going to progress, but not in a bad way. After the success of 'Born to Run,' it feels like Springsteen wanted to put even more of himself into this album, and boy oh boy, does he belt it out when he sings. There's serious weight behind his voice and his words, and you can feel it when he delivers harsh words like "Adam raised a Cain." A fantastic album from start to finish.
This is a classic of tone and one can make a case it’s his best written album overall; it is to Born to Run as Nebraska is to Born in the USA.
I think this is my favourite Springsteen album. I watched a documentary on the making of it, which took a long time due to legal issues, and he had composed and demoed 70+ songs for the LP, finally selecting the best 10. The structure is similar to Born to Run. You have your anthems like Badlands and Promised Land in place of Thunder Road and Jungle Land. Adam Raised the Cain is the perfect song to replace Tenth Avenue Freezeout as the 2nd track. There’s a great deal of diversity, yet it hangs together well, and of course it's the perfect sketch of blue collar America in the 70s. I found his songs became a bit more formula on future albums.
. . . it ain't no sin to be glad you're alive I wanna find one face that ain't looking through me I wanna find one place I wanna spit in the face of these BADLANDS Is anything else needed to get to a 5?
idk if I’d call myself a Springsteen fan but I’ve never heard a Springsteen album I didn’t like as far as I’m aware, I have nothing against this, just all around amazing 10/10
Springsteen = Vinilo.
Typical Bruce. Classic working man rock that sometimes sounds like Christmas music.
Apart from possibly Adam Raised A Cain, this is Springsteen's most brilliant album and there is not a weak track. Amazing to think now it was seen as a disappointment after Born To Run.
My favourite Springsteen album. Not a bad song on it and it rocks like a motorcycle. I think of Darkness as Bruce's punk album. 5 🌟
Meni drugi najbolji bruce
Why I never properly listened to this before is a mystery.
this is so good i can still enjoy it with only one working airpods
I think this is album I own #7? And what I record it is! This was probably the first Springsteen album I came to love as an adult, mostly because of its complexity. It sounds so different from the Boss’s other albums, and the songwriting is immaculate. People sleep on “Something in the Night”!
È un capolavoro meraviglioso anche questo album, forse non quanto 'Born to run', ma le sue canzoni, la voce calda e la malinconia che le pervade danno un senso di speranza che emoziona.
91/100: I did not expect to like this album as much as I did. It’s not that I don’t like Bruce Springsteen, I love his music, it’s just that most of his albums I’ve listened to tend to have a lot of bland songs on it with the sporadic banger thrown in there. “Darkness on the Edge of Town” is far from that, though. As each song ended and a new song began, I found myself repeatedly thinking “holy shit, no this is my favorite song on the album.” There’s no better feeling than realizing that a case could be plausibly made for each song to be the best on the album. There are absolutely no skips to be seen here. Lyrically, this is a really sad album, Bruce clearly dug deep to create this masterpiece. Thanks to listening to this album all the way through, I’ve discovered what is quite possibly my favorite Bruce song of all time, “Racing in the Street.” Overall incredible album, will be revisiting this frequently in the future.
One of my favourite albums of all time. Best era Bruce
When I bought the first 2 Springsteen albums through the Australian Record Club, he was virtually unknown in this country. After the success of his 3rd album, Born To Run, he truly was the next big thing. Unfortunately, due to a dispute with his ex-manager, the much awaited follow-up album - this one - took 3 years to surface. When you’re a big fan, that’s a long time between drinks. I remember that it wasn’t what I expected. It’s moodier than it’s predecessor (the title track says a mouthful) with songs about fathers & labour(Adam Raised A Cain; Factory) & basically the American dream (The Promised Land). Thankfully there were no shortage of songs involving cars (I think cars/driving get mentioned in 7 of the 10 tracks) or girls. I’ve always loved Candy’s Room - the speed of it & Springsteen’s guitar tribute to The Yardbirds. He was in his prime. The 70’s were his real glory days.
As someone who now goes to multiple Springsteen shows on different nights (although not yet at the interstate travel stage of doing this), this could be his best album. This, Born to Run, Nebraska, Tunnel of Love, and The Rising are the Top 5. Would have loved him to have done this album when I saw him a few years back but he surprised probably everyone at the Entertainment Centre by doing the whole of 'The Wild, The Innocent and The E Street Shuffle'. The only thing that could have improved this would have been including the Racing In The Street (78) from The Promise album of outtakes from the album sessions. The Promise shows just how on form he and the band were at this point.
Amazing album, I love it. I listened to it on repeat three times through today. Standout Tracks: Badlands, Candy’s Room, Racing in the Street, The Promised Land, Streets of Fire, Prove It All Night, Darkness on the Edge of Town
I have to put down a 5. A life-changing one for sure. Bruce didn’t connect with me before this album, and this was the first one that made contact. Emotional, complex, musically perfectly on point. It got me singing in a new way. I really connect with these songs.
Darkness on the Edge of Town is one of the greatest albums of all time. This is music that has a raging, desperate heartbeat. I am so excited to talk about this album. Bruce had almost an impossible task writing this album. How could he possible come up with anything to match Born to Run, one of the most commercially and critically successful rock albums of the 70s? The answer was to be the most insane perfectionist in rock history. For three years he wrote, penning over 70 songs for his next album in the most inspired and brilliantly creative period of his career. Many of the songs he wrote and discarded became classics for other artists, most notably Because the Night by Patti a Smith. In the end, he had 10 songs. No filler, nothing that didn’t perfectly fit the feel of the album he wanted to craft. I love the journey this album takes you on. It opens with a banger that blows the freaking roof off the place! Badlands is one of the most electrifying tracks the Boss ever wrote. It surges with optimism and that classic gonna get out of this place at all costs Bruce energy. By the end of the first half of the album we have Racing in the Street, a somber, beautiful, bleak as hell ode to finding something that just barely makes life worth living and the people still in search of that. One standout line as the narrator describes his girlfriend: “She stares into the night with the eyes of one who hates for just being born.” And then he jolts you back to life with The Promised Land, probably the catchiest song on the album, even more explosive in its energy and passion than Badlands. Listen to Steve Van Zandt whip up a beautiful melody on his guitar solo that turns out to be a mere assist for Clarence Clemons to demolish that sax solo! I love the image of the dogs on Main Street howling as they cheer Bruce on. This is about as uplifting a song as I’ve ever heard. But ultimately that’s not what this album is all about, at least not to me. Darkness on the Edge of Town, the last song, really sums it all up for me. In the second verse Bruce sings about the burdens we carry with us, the regrets, the secrets and shame, whatever it is. “Til someday you just cut it lose, cut it lose or let it drag you down” he wails as the band surges behind him. This is music about doing whatever you have to do to live with yourself, to survive. I’m in awe of this song every time I hear it. How lonely and isolating it is while being empowering and life affirming. That’s Bruce for me. 5/5
Calssique de classique. Mon préféré de Bruce et un de mes albums préférés tout court. 5
Two days of Bruce in a row! This was much more fun to listen to, much more of the pop rock sound that I know of Springsteen. Giving it a 5
While it does have some filler, the amazing songs here more than make up for it. Streets of Fire might be my favorite Springsteen Song (that ive heard so far at least). Closer to a 3.6 or 3.7
3.5/5, probably sounds best after a long day at work, a lot of working class, cog in the machine themes. Standout Tracks: Adam Raised a Cain, Racing in the Street, Darkness on the Edge of Town.
Fedt rock album. En lille ukendt perle. Synger lidt specielt og lyder bolte gange som meat Loaf 😁 Men fest album. Et genlyt værd
On the slower more soulful side of Bruce
This is another album that I don't have much to say about. It's solid all the way through. There weren't any songs that particularly stood out to me, but it didn't fade into the background while I was listening to it either. I really dig his style 4/5
Very good thank you brucey
Nice nice nice
I’m so uneducated on Springsteen so this was a welcome “pull”; some good stuff in here, his writing is so mature. He was a couple years younger than me when he made this one, and it was his 4th!
Very ethereal, not what I was expecting, made the last hour of work enjoyable. And it just went into another full Tangerine Dream Album without me noticing.
Some great tracks a cool 'American' album that is solid from start to finish.
Nice album to listen to. I like music from Bruce Springsteen.
I don’t love his voice, but I don’t mind it either. It’s definitely pretty classic, and not as hard as some stuff, so I liked it pretty well.
Excellent tunes as always, and some of his best as well. "Adam Raised a Cain" still kicks.
There are some all time greats, The Promised Land and Racing in the Streets. It's really close to a 5, but I don't think it quite to that level for me.
Todo un clasicazo. Letras profundas y todo con el sello inconfundible de Springsteen
Very good this, I only knew 1 song before. Darker than Born in the USA and he has wisely toned down the sax
It was basically what I expected a Bruce Springsteen Album to be. There is definitely a vibe to Springsteen songs that is different from any other artist’s music and I thought overall this album was pretty good. I love Clarence Clemons’s solos as always! That being said some of the songs do get kind of repetitive and somewhat boring. Favorite songs: Badlands, Racing in the Street, The Promised Land, Prove it all Night. Least favorite songs: Candy’s Room, Streets of Fire. Strong 7/10
heerlijk, niet mijn favoriete Bruce maar zeker fijn.
Good album. Some classics on there.
Ruwere, iets hardere rocknummers afgewisseld met wat tragere, iets meer pop-achtige nummers. Ik kende nog geen enkel nummer van dit album maar kon het wel smaken
I’m an extremely late bloomer when it comes to ‘The Boss’, but I am very grateful for eventually getting there. He marketed himself extremely well to myself when I watched and listened to his latest offering ‘Western Stars’. An album I have now listened to over and over again. There is a real heritage of this album in that album and that makes this one an instant hit with me. There is an emotive tone to his voice I find hard to describe...yet I doubt I need to. To any Bruce Springsteen fan, they’ve known it for decades and now I do too. The tracks here stir the same emotions I’ve felt from my limited Boss exposure and the voice has hardly changed at all. The best thing about this album and it’s lyrics is they can all tell your very own story if you let them. They are not one dimensional but familiar enough to make you feel as though they were written just for you. Pour yourself a bourbon neat enjoy! 4 Stars!
Again I like this type od music from 70s, 80s. Bruce has a nice voice, songs are different from each other. Probably better than most of 4 ratings here.
As great as this is, it doesn't quite hit the heights of it's predecessor (Born to Run) due to a few too many tracks that only hit the above-average mark (Something in the Night, Racing in the Street, Factory). Badlands, Adam Raised a Cain, The Promised Land and the title track are some of Bruce's very best though so it's only a fraction away from hitting full marks. Best track: The Promised Land
Very good album!
Kind of liked this actually. Not usually a huge Bruce fan
Great album. A little more mellow and slower than previous albums.
Solid album. Admittedly, I am not to familiar with most of Springsteen’s work. This album was full of great storytelling
This fourth album from Springsteen is gritty and melancholy. A few tunes are more up beat like Candy's Room. Yet a tune called Racing In the Street which sounds like it would be up tempo is as melancholy as any. The band is tight, this is the classic E Street Band line-up; Steve Van Zandt on guitar well before he got into acting on The Sopranos; Max Weinberg on drums before he became Conan O'Brien's band leader for 17 years, and Clarence Clemons on sax who is only featured a few times here. The album stands the test of time which many from 1978 don't during an era of music defined by disco. Springsteen is the working class American singer-songwriter and here he defines and refines that role. If albums could be B-sides, this one would be perfect.
I love the Americana aesthetic, the lyrical themes of aspirations and disappointments, and the euphoric blend of piano, guitar, organ, saxophone, harmonica, etc.
There was an underlying fatigued sadness to the songs that I really enjoyed. My favorite song was Something in the Night.
As a person who doesn't listen to the Boss this was surprising for me. Interesting that he was so heavily influenced by punk and wanted to move away from the majestic bombast of his previous records into something darker and tighter.
Bruce springsteen is amazing in that even the albums that don't make it to the stream charts still have songs on them that are great.
Some songs didn't really stick with me, but for the most part this was a great album. Very very solid. I can't give it anything below a 4.
О Брюсе Спрингстине у меня ранее сложилось впечатление как об исполнителе простых прямолинейных песен чисто для американской аудитории. Возможно, из-за, вероятно, главного хита – Born in the USA. Тут же я слышу вполне годное интернациональное музло, качественный стадионный роцк. С мощной энергетикой, внятными, разнообразными мотивами, хорошим звуком. Даже оригинальным – в нём будто содержатся черты авторской песни а-ля Боб Дилан, Леонард Коэн и ориентированного на массы эпичного роцка а-ля Queen и Мит Лоуф. Слушается на одном дыхании даже при репите. Думаю, на массовый концерт в те годы вообще по кайфу было бы сходить. Вероятно, классика роцка: даёт эстетику, создаёт настрой, качает. Но всё же не настолько глубокая и цепляющая, чтобы в 2к22 на плеер кидать.
Never listened to Bruce before & I’m pleasantly surprised by how much I enjoyed this. Quality dips a bit in the middle but overall it’s solid stuff. Definitely going to revisit it.
Wherein Bruce's dad gets a new camera for the holidays and says "Kid! Stand over there by the damn closet so I can try this out" and Bruce uses it as the album cover. ??? I heard so much of this as a kid, then got into a phase where I didn't want to hear his voice at all, but even if I still felt that way there is so much more to these songs - Springsteen had a way of putting a song together musically that sounded simple (read: accessible) but had enough twists and turns and use of dynamics to keep a music dork (mea culpa) hearing something new upon each listen. There's little point trying to argue that (most of) these aren't great songs. The combination of the joyous melodies ("Badlands" - those triumphant keys, soaring sax, and galloping drums) and - ok i'll admit it - the lyrics make for classic American music. The only miss for me is "Adam Raised A Cain" - droning and repetitive. There was a time I didn't give 2 shits about anything he did and even though I do enjoy it far more now, it's not music that gives me chills. That's not a knock that he'll never be a favourite but he sure could write a tune and sometimes that alone is the right play and hits just right. 7/10 4 stars
Really good album. Probably my second favorite Springsteen album. The title track is a top 3 BS song. 8/10
I've never listened to this album before. I wasn't a fan of Springsteen back in the day, punk and post punk were more important too me. Now I'm older and wiser I really enjoyed it.
First half 10/10 but it dragged on and sounded the same so it looses a star.
Wuchtig, pathetisch, scheut keine große Geste. Seine Stimme ist sein Wiedererkennungsmerkmal aber das Herz sein Kapital, das Springsteen komplett auf die Waagschale hievt. Das mag manche musikalische Schwäche überdecken. Bei großartigen „Something in the Night“ und dem Titelsong kommt aber alles das zusammen; Können und Leidenschaft. „Candy‘s Room“ hat eine seltsam Pulp‘esque Theatralik. 3.5 flammende Herzen
Don't know why, but the inclusion of so many instruments always sounds overdone to me. Maybe it's because I'm accustomed to, or prefer, 3- or 4-piece bands. Anyway - solid album of good, listenable tunes. With plenty of brass and keyboards.
A classic - but is it better than The River?
I enjoyed overall
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As a resident of NJ I am legally obligated to rate anything by The Boss a 4 or higher, not that it isnt deserved.
Classic Bruce. Amazing early album from the Boss. 'Racing in the Street' is the storytelling song he uses so well in many tunes. I prefer early Bruce as it was filled with a young person trying to make sense of what the rest of life will be now that childhood is over.
3.8 - This is a “big” album full of rawness and soul. Not sure how often I’ll come back, but I appreciated.
I had never sat down and listened to this album before. Potentially the most "Springsteen writes music for blue collar America" Springsteen album. Feel like this is where he got the reputation. Really looking forward to all of the Bruce albums that show up on this list.
Mag den Sound, die Stimme, die Themen. Der Boss
Muy buen disco
4.5/5 stars. Love this album, such raw emotion. Lyrics and delivery are full of longing. Gets me every time.
fun and good
More mellow and soft than his more popular works
Très bon album que j'aurais jamais écouté de moi-même
Good background music
This album is tight
Springsteen is yet another in the long list of artists I mostly missed when they were huge in the 70s and 80s. I didn't miss him entirely, though, so I'm somewhat familiar with some of these tracks. I had never listened to this album all the way through before, not by a long shot, and I really like it. It's a bit more raw and gritty rock sounding than I expected. I like the lyrics a lot. I have noted before in my mind that I've liked the lyrics on the handful of Springsteen songs with which I'm familiar. He's an excellent writer. I had worried his voice might annoy me, and sometimes when he's screaming it comes close, but it fits so well with what's going on in the song that it's not too much. And, dang, this whole band plays fantastically well. I never saw them perform live in concert and I have a feeling I would've really enjoyed the shows they did in support of this album.
Early Springsteen is a lot edgier than his later work, more raw and honest. Enjoyable and one I would listen to again
Son classique de Bruce. Album solide
Muito country para o meu gosto.
Another album that sounds pretty good, but doesn't really blow me away either.
Thank you for this one. I needed it today. Badlands is one of the best opening tracks I've experienced. What a great way to kick this thing off. Adam Raised a Cain is a driving, blues-based anthem track set on delivering some personal details between him and his father. Then Something in the Night softens things for a moment. The lines "Well you're born with nothing And better off that way Soon as you've got something they send Someone to try and take it away" are obviously about the music industry, but appeal to everything. Candy's Room and Racing in the Street hit a similar theme, a girl or a race is what helps make meaning out of an otherwise meaningless existence. Life is at night. Anyway, this is a solid outing for Springsteen. His style is on full display, his themes are explored with a maturation. Following Born to Run had to be some kind of impossible idea, and it's smart to do something like this.
No i kolejny Springsteen wlecial na liste, tym razem rowniez chronologicznie jak w przypadku trexa, bo Darkness on the Edge of Town z 78 jest czwartym studyjnym krazkiem artysty, na ktorego troche bylo trzeba czekac po sukcesie born to run, jak nie wiadomo czemu, to zawsze bedzie chodzilo o piniadze i zle wytwornie plytowe, wiec dopiero po trzech latach udalo mu sie wydac kolejny material, slucham albumu pierwszy raz i nie potrafie skojarzyc zebym slyszal cos z niego wczesniej, wiec prawdziwym jest stwierdzenie, ze nie byl az takim sukcesem komercyjnym jak poprzednia plyta, ale jak dla mnie jest tylko lepiej niz bylo na runie w ktorym dominowaly idealy hamerykanskosci, pogon za marzeniem, pieniadzem, ladnym samochodem, czy szybka baba, tutaj natomiast troche zmienia sie perspektywa, o czym juz informuje tytul czy okladka z wczorajszym panem Brucem, idealistyczna pogon za czyms zostala zastapiona szara rzeczywistoscia, ktora najlepiej oddaja kawalki takie jak factory czy streets of fire, chociaz nie jest to koncept album, to jednak czuc jaka byla mysl przewodnia przyswiecaja kreacji bohaterow tych Springsteenowych opowiesci, sporo mozna sie doszukac w liryce odniesien biblijnych, ktore takze sa czyms charakterystycznym dla heartlandowego rocka, do ktorego mozna zaliczyc ten krazek, ktorego protagonistami sa zwykle chlopy ze zwyklymi problemami, kolejny raz zaskakuje jak wokalna ekspresja moze byc elastyczna na przestrzeni jednego albumu czy nawet piosenki, jesli nawet ciezko czasem przez to zrozumiec tekst, to jednak niesamowicie oddaje emocje taki wokal, jak na kawalku adam raised the cain, z ktorego bije kainowosc, instrumentalnie takze slychac zmiane w podejsciu do nagran, o wiele krotsza lista personelu, pojawia sie jedynie The E Street Band, ktora nagrywa teraz bardziej na zywca, a nie tak bardzo overdubowo, co nadaje materialowi autentycznego brzmienia, E Streetowa banda, to szesciu muzykow, ktory brali udzial w poprzednich nagraniach pana Springsteena, wiec nie zabraklo saksy Clemonsa czy pianina Bittan, ktore na tym albumie wydaje sie byc nawet wazniejsze niz gitara Springsteenowa, ktora jednak ma swoje epickie solowki, jak na candys room, czy streets of fire, jak muzyka o prostych ludziach, to nie moglo zabraknac ulubionego instrumentu country, wiec harmonijki, ktora takze ma swoje swietne solowki jak na the promised land, 42 minuty solidnego materialu, ktory zmienil moje postrzeganie pana Bruca jako artysty szlagierow typu born in the USA, na plejke leci otwierajacy badlands, ktory ma jedne z lepszych linijek refrenowych plyty, jesli ktos wie jak tworzyc openingowe traki, to wlasnie ten pan, oraz wspomniane juz kawalki factory i promised land
Started out great. Title track was a good closer. Killers-esque at times.
Uhh, olipa huikea yllätys. En oo tykännyt Brucen uudesta musasta niin en oo koskaan vanhaan matskuun kajonnut. Mut siis ebin rockia ja laatuu jenkkikamaa.
Frábært albúm. Þessi afmælisböddí er alltaf góður.
It happened. I liked a Bruce album. Granted, his vocals are muddled and I still am not a fan, and he lacks the hooks of Petty. That said, there's a mood and a concept to this album that's wholely enjoyable. Very surprised.
Great singer with a social compromise in his songs
Wow, it took 300+ albums before we got one from the Boss. I've got a lot of respect for Springsteen and his slice of the americana pie. His style is always resonant to some degree for me, and even though there weren't many tracks on here that I knew going in, there's plenty to bite off and chew. He can sound a bit marble-mouthed at points but for me that adds to his everyman charm. Great energy and emotion throughout. This is a great album, and I'm looking forward to more from Bruce on the list. Favorite tracks: Darkness on the Edge of Town, Candy's Room, The Promised Land, Racing in the Street. Album art: Dang he looks so young in this. For some reason this cover always reminds me of the music video for "I'm On Fire" even though that's on a different album. I think this is iconic though, and even though I hadn't heard this album as a whole before today this is probably my favorite of his album covers. 4/5
It's weird, the more bruce I listen to the less excited I am for it. Did I just listen to my favourite work of his first? I think in a broad sense I prefer my music a little more lively and bombastic and my vocals a bit less mumbled and slurred, so this is not the Bruce which most suits my tastes. A very tenuous 4 for now , with the expectation that this will grow on me with relistenings.
Swag on the Swag
They don’t call him ”The Boss” for nothing 🤟 hahhhaaaa nah but seriously, this is tasteful and well-aged take on hard rock :)
Great album though not my favorite, I like how musically experimental it gets in places, but there are also some dull points that kill the momentum.
It's fine. Cool 70s rock, but nothing that really jumps out and makes it feel unique.
Omg I hated it... JUST KIDDING, chill your tits James. Nah this was excellent and a first listen to lots of Bruce songs. Really enjoyed it, what a talented song writer and magnificent voice
doesn't leave the impact that jungle land did but still good
While listening to this I was looking at my notes to Born to Run and trying to decide which was the better album, but it's a toss-up. Roy Bittan on piano and Clarence Clemons on sax are featured prominently on both records to good effect. Bruce also continues with his paean to Mid-American working class hero. I didn't live that life, but I can almost experience it vicariously through his heart-felt music.
One of my favourite albums of all time. A bleak 70s dustbowl drama in musical form, with flashes of sunlight and hope. I revisit it often, and it never fails to floor me.
Sólo conocía Badlands, pero el resto me pareció muy bueno. Sus historias son la mejor parte.
Wow, "Racing in the Street" is something else. How have I not heard this song before?
Springsteen has long posed something of a conundrum to me, and 'Darkness...' does little to contradict this notion. But first, let me say that this album is damn good. As a Brit, I see Springsteen, for better or worse, as the rocker who most embodies a version of America that is hardscrabble and tough, but nonetheless finds time to dream. My issue is that the music scoring this widescreen movie can either feel extraordinary or utterly prosaic - often on the same album. So 'Badlands' is enjoyable but sounds like a Meat Loaf album track; the next joint, 'Adam Raised a Cain', is superlative. The E Street Band always sound best when they're revving their engines, a coiled knot of potency just ready to explode. The best example here - and my favourite song - is 'Candy's Room'. Still, despite my carping the ebb and flow of 'Darkness...' works and the sound is as distinctive as it is big. Highly recommended, flaws 'n' all.
Bruce Springsteen has grown on me in the last few years, at least to the point where I started to understand the crazy die-hard fanbase he's got. I mean, Iiked plenty of his songs, but I didn't really start to understand the deep loyalty of his fans until I heard Nebraska, I think, which is still one my favorite albums. I started to see how much of a connection he's constantly going for with the audience. I don't know if there is another musician out there today that is this earnest and this sincere in just being barely more than a person in the audience himself? The hell am I talking about? Anyway, this is a good album, too, even though it doesn't really get its hooks into me. I'd listen to it for the mood itself.
Very Bossy. Which to me is mostly a good thing.
Enjoyed half the songs
Sequencia carregada de potência com instrumental de hard rock.
Интересненький альбомчик — интересно его послушать ради разнообразия в плейлисте Если просто слушать, не обращая внимание на тексты — скучновато, по музыке не мое И не все песни по смыслу понравились, Candy's room странноватая (как и Prove it all night), а по звучанию напоминает что-то типа bleachers, racing in the street сопливая (...) и слишком спокойная promised land — гармошка в начале песни .. и потом в конце)) вообще какой-то кантри, бе
Nobody needs to see the whole of The Darkness taking on that geezer from U2, have some standards Bruce you fucking pervert. The album was surprisingly good though, much better than the big hitter Brucy albums we have had so far on this list.
Old Good Bruce Springsteen. Very good album
Not my favorite Bruce Springsteen album but easily in the top 3. Bruce is excellent as always and the E-street band delivers.
Pretty good. Springsteen wasn't always my favorite, but I appreciate this album.
A remarkable album indeed. Lyrics and music combine to make powerful statements about life’s meanings. Need to listen again.
Some fun tunes on here, not my fav but still good
Racing in the Street a classic 👌
Fantastic work. Probably his best, outside of "Nebraska"
Enjoyable Bruce. Don’t think I’ve ever really listened to him aside from the occasional hit so it was good to hear a full album.
Pretty alright classic rock.
More solid overall than Born to Run with sharper tunes. Pretty good
Very very Springsteeny. He’s never been my scene but he’s on form here and that’s fun to listen to.
I liked this way more than I thought I would. Overall I wish it was less poppy, because the harder moments are really good. Adam raised a Cain is pretty crazy.
8/10 Once a Springy always a Springy
Okay after Dylan’s virtuosic and passionate review of Darkness on the Edge of Town, I felt both excited to listen and a little intimidated by writing my own review. That’s what he’s going for, right? Making others intimidated through his own success? Too bad the whole review was undermined by his inexplicable 1/5 stars. What’s he on?? I’m listening to this while walking to my chorus dress rehearsal in the early morning, which is fun and romantic. Crazy guitar on Adam Raised the Cain. It makes me want to dye my hair black and take up electric guitar. Something in the Night is one of my favorites on the album. Streets of Fire has some fire-y vocals with some big round and resonant sounds I don’t usually hear from Bruce. Promised Land—I could hear those Boss harmonies all day long. What a masterpiece. I gave this album a 4.5 stars, which I know will ruffle some Finley feathers. It’s not a 5 because I love Born to Run and Born in the USA more than this album.
Springsteen is rough while also being vulnerable. An album that undeniably feels alive. Every aspect of every song works. 4/5
Bruce’s voice is so good
A true innovator of real-life working class people, all set to muscled up rhythm sections.
It's alright, I guess - Like a pitched-down Marshall Crenshaw, but more Hank Hill and less, Buddy Holly , hahaha Apparently he 'changed his sound' some time or other so I'll check out another album before formulating a CONCLUSION
Pomo on meikäläisen korvaan tasoa ihan jees, mutta jotain tästä puuttu noustakseen seuraavalle levelille. Eikä tosin varmasti herran parhaita levyjä?
Grym skiva. Saxofonen drar ned betyget
Way way better than Born to Run but still struggle to see the mass appeal. Again it's probably because I'm not a blue jeans wearing factory worker from 1979 mid west America.
his voice is sorta jarring but some of these songs really hit. Mmmmmmm but they also don’t IDK
Great album, feels very raw and early Bruce. It’s no Nebraska. I love Badlands and the first half of the album, but it kind of falls off after that.
Not Springsteen’s best
Sounds like the Boss! I liked the last springsteen we heard more, and while great, still gotta leave it with a 3.5.
Kind of dug that