And so it begins. "Spirits in the Night". Is there a better song about being young, going out to "party"? It is SO much more than sex. Hhits it then, and it still works today. "For You"? Isn't this so much more "real" than ANYTHING out there today? "Lost in the Flood"? Who speaks with this passion anymore?
No, it isn't perfect; no, it isn't his best; no, it isn't "essential". But the seeds are planted; It is raw, poetic, soulful, full of the sounds of a man that had NO interest in making "hit" music; he wanted to say what he wanted to say. They just don't make many like this anymore.