Without a doubt, hands down, the best Springsteen CD EVER.
An eclectic mix of musical styles and the musicianship and production is utterly incredible. You have to be willing to switch gears on this one. The tracks run an incredible range and if you're stuck on Springsteen as a rocker only, you'll miss a lot of what's being dished out to you. It's the last album with Vincent Lopez and the band suffered from his loss, although rumor has it that it was necessary.
I've been listening to this album for over 30 years and I am still utterly amazed at how good it really is. Jazz, Latino, Classical, Blues, Rock and Folk all exist side by side and overlap in very brainy musical kaleidoscope. Punchy rock to very quiet, sparse musical poetry and all points in between.
Certainly not appealing to those who like a steady groove for a whole album.