|2. Atlantic City|
|3. Mansion On The Hill|
|4. Johnny 99|
|5. Highway Patrolman|
|6. State Trooper|
|7. Used Cars|
|8. Open All Night|
|9. My Father's House|
|10. Reason To Believe|
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Rather than waste anymore breath on that front, I am sincerely moved by this record. It took balls to put this out when he did. If you ask me, the bombastic likes of Born To Run just pales in comparison. Or anything else he has done, before or since.
I love outlaw songs & the sparseness of the title track is enough to raise the hairs of your neck. It's the sonic equivalent of Charles Starkweather (Badlands serial killer) & Truman Capote's In Cold Blood all rolled into one. Next to the original, only Johnny Cash has done justice to "Highway Patrolman". Cash tried again with, "Johnny 99" but to little avail. One simply can't surpass what Springsteen has laid down here. From the small town yearning of "Atlantic City" to the grey sky imagry of "Reason To Believe", Springsteen reigns all those impending storm clouds in with his intimate, hoarse whisper.
In my humble opinon, this guy works best in a stark setting. But even if he did all his albums like this, Nebraska would still outshine them all. There just comes a time when it all comes together & for Springsteen Nebraska was it. Even more rocking numbers like "Johnny 99" are enhanced by the lack of production. If he sicked the East Street Band on this one, it wouldn't be nearly as powerful.
A thousand bands have since taken their cue from this record but have never come close. Despite all the good intentions of "The Rising", this one casts a longer shadow in my book. In terms of commercial Rock's bleaker moments, Nebraska is right up there with Neil Young's Tonight's The Night. Stark, harrowing & heartbreaking.