|1. Thunder Road|
|2. Tenth Avenue Freeze-Out|
|5. Born to Run|
|6. She's The One|
|7. Meeting Across The River|
Springsteen drops bombs on the sonic landscape with punishing guitars and dizzying climatic saxophone solos that trigger vivid images of Springsteen's downtrodden characters. Mary in in Born to Run's opening track, "Thunder Road," bursts with brilliant life, an enigmatic woman that leaves an indellible image in every twentysomething hopeless romantic. She's introduced with a dancing piano piece and exits with a rousing arrangement of blistering saxophone work and crashing cymbals. At the end of "Thunder Road," Springsteen's voice exudes a genuine desperation and longing to escape with Mary, leaving us with sounds of engines roaring and the howling wind of the beach road he sings of.
"Tenth Avenue Freeze Out" rollicks joyfully and shakes our bodies in a myriad of blues infused guitar and boisterous trumpets that seem almost misplaced on such a "pure" rock and roll album. However, Springsteen pulls it off perfectly, paying homage to the wild R&B sounds of James Brown and jangle reminiscent of Chuck Berry. "Night" rips open with fantastic melody of a jarring piano clashing with smooth saxophone work , a song that captures the joy and tribulation of the working class.Read more ›
On this recording there's actually just two or three songs that are top class, namely "Thunder road", "Jungleland" and maybe "Born to run". The rest is not that exciting, at least not for me. Somehow, this album have achieved cult status, and almost no one question the actual quality - "you got to praise this one if you consider yourself a Springsteen fan". Please, listen and make up your own mind.
Thunder Road is one of the best songs ever written by a human being.
If you don't have this album, something is very wrong with you.
It's kind of hard to describe what makes this better than the Boss's other work;... Read more