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Born in the USA
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|1. Born In The U.S.A.|
|2. Cover Me|
|3. Darlington County|
|4. Working On The Highway|
|5. Downbound Train|
|6. I'm On Fire|
|7. No Surrender|
|8. Bobby Jean|
|9. I'm Goin' Down|
|10. Glory Days|
|11. Dancing In The Dark|
|12. My Hometown|
1984 album from the New Jersey rocker, the blockbuster album that made him a bona-fide international superstar. The album yielded an amazing seven Top 10 singles: 'Born In The U.S.A.', 'Cover Me', 'I'm on Fire', 'I'm Goin' Down', 'Glory Days', 'Dancing In The Dark' and 'My Hometown' .
Born in the U.S.A. is an album painted in big, broad strokes. But it was still too subtle for some--namely politicians who tried to tap the title track as a jingoistic anthem when it is in fact a bitter diatribe by a Vietnam War vet whose country forgot him. The rest of the album is a glorious grab bag of radio-ready populist anthems--his best display of pure pop songwriting ever--including "No Surrender," "Dancing in the Dark," "Bobby Jean," and "Glory Days" alongside more circumspect numbers such as "My Hometown" and "I'm On Fire." It's not true that there's no arguing with success, but in this case Springsteen's widespread acclaim was warranted. With Born in the U.S.A., all those predictions from a decade earlier--that Springsteen was the future of rock--had come true. --Daniel Durchholz
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Thanks to a new entertainment Medium, MTV, which showed "Music Videos" that would emphasize the Visual aspect of an Artist as well as the Music, Springsteen seemed very out of favor.
Bruce knew the Pressure was on him. The fickle public had written him off as a Guy who had a Spark in the 70's with "Born to Run" but his best days were behind him in 1984.
As he did before, For Production Bruce teamed with Himself, Jon Landau, Chuck Plotkin, and Steve Van Zant but this time around they gave the Recording an added Sheen and Polish, making his sound cleaner and more Accesible to a Mass Audience. His supporting casts arsenal also received an Updating, Synthesizers were added to the mix to Bode with the musical climate. Which was slightly overdue. In my opinion for quite some time Bruce sound could've benefited from A current element and on "Born In The U.S.A" Thats just what it got.
No question, the End Result would sound like Bruce Springsteen, but with a modern twist that would Enhance it's effect.
This was a well-offered offering, borrowing elements from all his previous albums. This was Bruce's comeback that he desperately needed.
Liner Notes - Incredibly Thorough. Details are given on where the recording took place, who mixed, and The Full E Street Band Roster. Bob Ludwig mastered the recording.Read more ›
Every song on "Born in the USA" were outtakes from "Nebraska" and vice versa. Even the b-sides were hits, and the outtakes have been played frequently on his tours. It's an unbelievable wealth of material from that period. I would love to see a box set documenting the journey from "Nebraska's" roots to the 4 hour marathon shows on the "Born in the USA" Tour, maybe also as a "Classic Albums" DVD.
Where Nebraska is dark and bleak to almost claustrophobic levels, this one wants to bust out all over. Born in the USA (the song) misled most listeners, and had it wound up on "Nebraska", the lyrics would have fit in perfectly. But here, it's not a celebration of patriotism, it's pure rage against a system that let him down. But the rest of the album talks about bonds between friends, sex, love, nostalgia, and watching changes in your neighborhood. It's truly about "American Life".
It begins with the title track, a song about Vietnam that shows Bruce's disapproval of the war while paying tribute to the soldiers. Working on the highway is, of course, a tribute to those who build and maintain the roads. My hometown, the slowest song here, closes the album on a somewhat downbeat note, describing a town that has seen better days.
Dancing in the dark, Cover me, I'm going down and Glory days are all up-tempo slices of rock'n'roll updated for the eighties that became hit singles in Britain and America. No surrender (a hit in America but not Britain), Darlington county and Bobby Jean are similarly upbeat.
I'm on fire (yet another massive hit in Britain and America) is only mid-tempo, as is Downbound train. The pace of the songs may be different but the quality is still high.
This is a classic rock album, great for having a good time, but if you listen to the words you'll find that Bruce has a lot to say. Many of the songs are more serious than the mostly joyful music would suggest.
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one of the best albums of the 1980s....reissue on vinyl.....at a good pricePublished 25 days ago by eric theriault
I always found this album to sound a little bright with a lack of depth. This 2014 Remaster solves that problem for me. Read morePublished 6 months ago by The Seeker
Bought to replace an old one that got lost along the way. Well worth it! Brings back so many memories. Love it!Published 13 months ago by Toujours Soleil
If you love the Boss you have to have this in your collection, even if it's not your favourite album of his.Published 16 months ago by bspeckled
My Dad really wanted this CD for Christmas, but you can't find it in any stores. I chose the 3-8 business day shipping option, not wanting to pay $20 for shipping and handling, and... Read morePublished on Dec 15 2013 by Jocelyn Rutgers