This is just an ok album. No more, no less. The bombastic production and atmosphere paint an impressive portrait of the joys of being young, reckless, and "on fire" in 1974 New Jersey, and Bruce does a good job of coming up with flowery lyrics to suit that portrait. Roy Bittan, his piano player, is a fantastic musician; he's the real star of the album. Other than that, Born to Run falls well short of the standard set by The Wild, the Innocent, and the E Street Shuffle, Bruce's previous album. The main problem is in the songwriting; there's little to no hook or catchiness in half the songs. Only "Born to Run" and "Tenth Avenue Freeze-Out" strike me as perfect pieces of pop music. "Backstreets" is an adequate rave-up, and "Jungleland" is a spectacular, theatrical album-ender, my pick for the best song on the album. Other than that, he's stuck in an musical rut, especially on the boring opener, "Thunder Road." Any of you who aren't familiar with Bruce yet, PLEASE hear The Wild, the Innocent, and the E Street Shuffle first before you pick up this one. Yes, I know, Born to Run was his breakthrough album, but that doesn't mean it's THAT incredible.